Carolina Money

Q&A | A Conversation with Joe and Jessica Kastner, Owners of Local Ice Cream Store

May 20, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Front of ice cream store

We got in touch with Sweet Cream Company owners, Joe and Jessica Kastner, to tell us a little more about their boutique ice cream shop located on Columbia's historic Main Street and how they developed their business. Q: What makes you so unique? A: We make a lot of...

Program Incentivizes the Reuse of Vacant and Abandoned Buildings

May 16, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Vacant building

A new program offered by Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc. is up and running in the city of Columbia. The program provides property owners or tenants grants of up to $20,000 to reimburse the cost for renovating vacant and abandoned buildings within the City of Columbia and...

Q&A| Talking Music Entrepreneurship with Educator, Author and Pianist David Cutler

May 12, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
David Cutler being interviewed

Last week, Carolina Money spoke with local musicians who are approaching their art in unique ways. Today, we bring to you a longer version of our interview with the director of music entrepreneurship at USC and author of the book "The Savvy Musician," David Cutler...

TD Bank to Distribute 20,000 Books to Local Teachers and Educators

May 11, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Books

In partnership with national nonprofit First Book , TD Bank is distributing 20,000 new books to teachers and educators to add to their classroom and school libraries. Aimed at Pre-K – Young Adults, these books are part of TD's "Banking On Books" program, which is designed...

VIDEO | Music Entrepreneurship Program Inspires Artists to Think Outside the Box

May 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Pianist playing on a truck

More and more, music schools and institutes are incorporating entrepreneurship classes, organizations, clubs, seminars and workshops into their programs. Why is that? In order to explore the truth behind this fact, Carolina Money reached out to David Cutler, Director of...

National Small Business Week Kicks Off in Columbia

May 3, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
City of Columbia

National Small Business week launched on Monday afternoon, by the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and the Chamber of Commerce, to encourage the formation, growth and success of small businesses in our community, according to Columbia Business Report ...

What Happened to Scootaway?

May 3, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Frank Scozzafava on his new scooter

They faded out quietly. No one really knows when they disappeared, but slowly people started to notice that the little orange Scootaway flags were nowhere to be seen. There were no news stories, no releases, not even rumors. Scootaway just sort of…disappeared. So what...

VIDEO | Revisiting 52inc

April 29, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
52inc new office

Shortly after Carolina Money started, we did a Q&A article with the founders of local startup 52inc. It has been about a year since then, so we decided to check out how the guys over at 52inc are doing. How have things changed? How have they grown? How has the past year...

Collaborative Demo Day Is a Success

April 25, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrepreneurship Club President Tony Klur and Computer Science Grad Student Steve Rubin

After a full semester of hard work and collaboration between the USC Entrepreneurship Club and the USC Computer Science program, it was time to celebrate all that had been achieved. On Thursday night, friends, fellow students, and news media crowded around twelve tables,...

Columbia Canal Six Months After the Flood

April 24, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
End of Columbia Canal emptied

According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History , the Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park dates back to 1824. The canal was an efficient and inexpensive navigation route where the Broad River and the Saluda River form the Congaree River. After the...

US Quidditch Cup 9 Brings Cash to Columbia

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
young students playing the game Quidditch

U.S. Quidditch Cup 9 brought the world of Harry Potter to Columbia for the first time last weekend, Apr. 16 and 17, and brought with it an economic boost to the Columbia area. The game is a mix of rugby, dodgeball and tag, according to the U.S. Quidditch website. The...

VIDEO | 2016 Indie Grits' Artists Interpret the Flood’s Impact

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Sign on the Nickelodeon Theater about Indie Grits

This year, the capital city’s very own film festival, Indie Grits, celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the theme had important meaning. After the October flood, organizers decided to focus the work on the impact the water had on the area and as a way to help the community...

Q&A | A Follow-Up Conversation with Trey Gordner, CEO of the Startup KOIOS

April 19, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Trey Gordner receiving award

As Carolina Money celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, we decided to follow up with the first startup companies that we talked to one year ago, to learn about their progress. Last week, we spoke with Mike Meyers, CEO of Tradeversity , and this week, we caught up...

Tax Day is Fast Approaching: The Opportunities and Changes You Need to Know

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
tax forms

With Tax Day, Monday, Apr. 18, the filing deadline for IRS tax returns, growing closer with every moment--even with three extra days to get your taxes in, many may still have some questions regarding filing 2015 taxes. Carolina Money spoke with Rosemary Wright; a Senior...

Spirit Communications Park Welcomes Fans to Its Inaugural Game

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrance to Spirit Communications Park

Anticipation filled the air, as people milled around outside the stadium. The gates opened, and the pressure of all the months leading up to this moment was released. Spirit Communications Park was officially open for its first baseball game. Fans from all over came to...

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