Marina Ziehe

Construction of Spirit Communications Park Reaches Its Final Phases

By Marina Ziehe

Construction of Columbia ballpark underway

On April 14, Columbia residents will be presented with a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue, also the new home of the city’s new minor league baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies. 

The new multi-use venue, Spirit Communications Park, will serve as the centerpiece of the BullStreet Commons development on the site of the former mental health campus on Bull Street.

Homeless Artists Perform at Columbia "Silent Voices"

By Marina Ziehe

Homeless artists performing on stage

Homeless Helping Homeless is a nonprofit organization formed in Columbia in May 2010. Their mission is to help remove the negative stereotypes associated with homelessness, and to present the homeless as employable, respectable, responsible and productive citizens. Last month, the organization presented “Silent Voices,” a yearly event dedicated to performance art by the homeless of Columbia. The event was presented at Tapp's Art Center on Main Street.

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiosha Boyles About Social Media Use for Small Businesses

By Marina Ziehe

Kiosha Boyles headshot

Kiosha Boyles is the owner of Digitize Marketing, a web marketing firm specializing in inbound marketing and digital media. Boyles is a Columbia College and University of South Carolina graduate with a master’s degree in mass communications. She is an active member of the Columbia Chamber and a Leadership Columbia graduate. Kiosha was recognized as an Influential Woman in Business by the Columbia Regional Business Report, a Top 20 under 40 by The State and a Top 40 Under 40 by the SC Black Pages.

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

By Marina Ziehe

House destroyed by the 2015 flood

Since 1996, Home Works of America, a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their development and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations.

Phase One of Innovista Project Is Underway

By Marina Ziehe

Road improvement

According to the Richland Penny Program website, the section of Greene Street that runs between the Koger Center and USC's Darla Moore School of Business has opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

This marks the opening of the first phase of the Innovista project, which aims to increase connections between the downtown and the nearby Congaree River.

It's Boom Time for Downtown Columbia

By Marina Ziehe

Downtown Columbia



Much attention has been given to downtown Columbia lately, not only from the media but also from city leaders, partnerships and organizations that are trying to make downtown a more vibrant and livable place.

Top 10 Cities with the Lowest Startup Costs: Columbia S.C. Ranks Number Two

By Marina Ziehe

Shot of Columbia, South Carolina

A study conducted by SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company headquartered in New York, shows that it is fairly inexpensive to start a business in Columbia. SmartAsset collected data from 81 cities in the United States, taking into consideration the typical cost of starting and running a business, based on five factors: office space, utilities, filing fees, legal and accounting, and payroll.