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VIDEO | USC Students Work Collaboratively to Build Mobile Apps

April 13, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Computer science class

As previously mentioned in Carolina Money , the University of South Carolina Entrepreneurship Club has partnered with the USC Computer Science Department to make 13 mobile apps. Students in the computer science class are working collaboratively with business students to...

Local Tech Startup, Tradeversity, Goes Through Rebuilding Process

April 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Tradeversity team meeting in a conference room

When trying to sell a few spare bookbags during college, Mike Meyers had what entrepreneurs call the “Aha!” moment. What if there was a safe and convenient website for the university community to buy and sell items to each other? In 2014, Mike Meyers and a team of fellow...

Solar Farms Coming to Lexington County

April 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money 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...

HEMI Food Truck Court is Up and Running in West Columbia

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money
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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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 Carolina Money 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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