Business

Solar Farms Coming to Lexington County

April 4, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Shot of solar panels and sunrise

Cypress Creek Renewables, a company based in Santa Monica, California, will build three 10-megawatt solar farms in Lexington County. As reported in the press release, the company will make a $20.4 million investment in solar energy operations in Lexington County. The farms...

Cooper's Country Store | ETV Shorts

April 1, 2016 - Posted in Business by Tabitha Safdi
Cooper Country Store

When you walk into Cooper's Country Store it's like walking back in time. The store was built in 1937 and not much has changed since then. It's located in Salters right off of highway 521 and has just about anything you could possibly need.

HEMI Food Truck Court is Up and Running in West Columbia

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Food Truck Court in Columbia, SC

Many small to medium-sized cities are growing, or at least have the opportunity to grow tremendously, because of the innovative solutions that small business owners develop. Here in Columbia, South Carolina, the business owner Christina Survana decided to embrace the...

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiran Ravindra, Founder of Carbon Trim Solutions

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Business by Krishna Thakker
Kiran Ravindra sitting in the car

Young Entreprenuer, Kiran Ravindra, founded Carbon Trim Solutions in 2012, and since has been featured on Business Insider , Yahoo! Finance , DuPont Registry , and DailyTekk . Born in Boston in 1996, Kiran lived most of his life in Columbia, S.C. He graduated from Spring...

SC Graduate Schools Rank High Among Country's Best by US News and World Report

March 28, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Picture of a podium in the sky

Graduate schools at three S.C. universities - USC, Clemson, and MUSC - were ranked among the country’s best by U.S. News and World Report. The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina tied for the No. 71 spot on the overall Best Business Schools...

VIDEO | A Story of Resilience: Family Starts Gardening Business to Recover from the Flood

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Rosemary plants

Shawntel Green and her children were displaced by the flood that hit South Carolina in October 2015. After relocating to a new house in Hopkins, the children fell in love with the rosemary plants in their backyard. They decided to create a store to sell products from the...

1 Million Cups Columbia S.C. Aims to Connect Entrepreneurial Community

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Business
Interviewee looking at the camera

A couple of years ago, a group of entrepreneurs in the community had a sense that the entrepreneurial ecosystem was missing some regular connectivity. After hearing about a program developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups, the group decided to bring 1 Million...

Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

March 17, 2016 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Welcome Back Sign at Park

Columbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday...

Big Changes for Carmike Locations in Columbia

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Business by Krishna Thakker
Movie theater seats

AMC Entertainment Holdings has announced its merger with Carmike Cinemas. This means big changes for the two Carmike locations in the Columbia area. According to Coladaily.com , the merger will be completed at the end of 2016 and is valued at $1.1 billion dollars. This will...

Q&A | A Conversation with Loni Rikard, Owner, Rocky Wells Agri-Services, and Co-Owner, Rocky Wells Farm

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Loni Rikard looking at the camera

Loni Rikard was one of the 2016 Palmetto Center for Women Honors recipients. The PCW Honors recognizes women whose outstanding achievements distinguish them as leaders and role models in the community. Rikard is the owner of Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC, and co-owner of...

Construction of Spirit Communications Park Reaches Its Final Phases

March 10, 2016 - Posted in Business 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...

Homeless Artists Perform at Columbia "Silent Voices"

March 10, 2016 - Posted in Business 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...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Columbia Skyline

The city of Columbia is a pretty great place to live, at least according to this year's U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list. According to the report, "U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live." Columbia was...

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

March 3, 2016 - Posted in Business 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...

Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

March 2, 2016 - Posted in Business by Krishna Thakker
Houses under water, result of the 2015 flood

South Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and...

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