Carolina Money Q&A

Q&A | Learn to Love Engineering with RumbleLab

July 27, 2016 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Moultrie Ball, founder of Rumble Lab

School can be boring. Summer can be boring, too. Honestly, kids find a lot of things “boring.” Moultrie Ball experienced this in his own childhood, and now he combats the boredom in other children by teaching them important science and engineering concepts through his...

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

June 9, 2016 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Panelists discussing questions

What draws people to a city? What makes people stay? What really makes a city a great place to be? These questions and others were discussed in the recently renovated City Hall in downtown Columbia on the night of June 8 as a way to bring together the arts, business and...

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

April 19, 2016 - Posted in Business 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...

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...

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...

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...

Q&A | Economics and Education: A Conversation with Courtney Epting

February 24, 2016 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Courtney Epting

Courtney Epting works with SC Economics , a support system for South Carolina teachers that is partnered with the South Carolina Department of Education. SC Economics provides free professional development opportunities to teachers that help them to build confidence in what...

Q&A | A Conversation with USC and Harvard Alumnus Pedro de Abreu, Finalist of the 2016 FORBES Magazine 30 under 30

January 27, 2016 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Pedro de Abreu Headshot

Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina graduate (USC ’14), Harvard University scholar, featured columnist, published author, researcher, entrepreneur, and now finalist of the 2016 FORBES Magazine 30 under 30, which recognizes the year’s brightest...

Q&A | A Conversation with Laina Faber, Founder of the Startup DebutMagazine.com

November 23, 2015 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Laina Faber is the founder of DebutMagazine.com

Laina Faber is the founder of DebutMagazine.com , a start-up digital publication that publishes shoppable fashion and beauty content, and lifestyle articles for women. Laina is a Columbia native. She grew up in Forest Acres and attended A.C. Flora High School. She graduated...

Q&A | A Conversation with Anthony Goldman, CEO of Koala Bottle

November 5, 2015 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Anthony Goldman, CEO of Koala Bottle

Anthony Goldman is the founder and CEO of Koala Bottle. The bottle is a magnetic bottle system designed for bicycles. It allows easier access to the water bottle while riding and greater safety because the rider does not have to take his or her eyes off the road. The bottle...

Q&A | Understanding Small Business Loans

October 20, 2015 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Park
Holt Chetwood, Wells Fargo Midlands Market President and Blake Montgomery, Wells Fargo Business Development Officer in Columbia

As South Carolina continues to develop into a business-friendly environment with a diversifying economy, many in the state are opening and maintaining small businesses. As of July 31, 2015, Wells Fargo is the leading SBA (Small Business Administration) 7(a) lender in South...

Q&A | A Conversation with Philippe Herndon, Founder of Caroline Guitar

September 23, 2015 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Philippe Herndon, Founder of Caroline Guitar

Philippe Herndon, an USC alumnus, founded Columbia-based Caroline Guitar Company in 2010. His products are designed to appeal to the subset of rock music aficionados. The products have won accolades from buyers and critics alike, with its first model named to Guitar...

Q&A | A Conversation with Partners Alana Jordan and Carol Smith from big eyed bird creative

August 10, 2015 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
big eyed bird creative

Creativity is key to innovation, period. That's why the Carolina Money team decided to talk to the founders of a company that has been active in the community through the creation of unique perspectives for clients, such as Evolution Partners, Rosewood Crawfish Festival,...

Q&A | A Conversation with Trey Gordner, CEO of Koios

July 29, 2015 - Posted in Business by Andrea Esselman
Koios Group

Koios is a Columbia startup dedicated to saving users money on books by searching libraries for the availability of books a person has looked up online. Carolina Money talked with CEO Trey Gordner to find out more about the startup. Q: Could you let us know a little bit...

Q&A | A Conversation with Lanford Holloway, Founder and CEO of TerraStride Inc.

July 29, 2015 - Posted in Business by Marina Ziehe
Lanford Holloway, Founder and CEO of TerraStride Inc.

Founded in 2012, TerraStride is a company based in Columbia, S.C. TerraStride designs and produces map-based software for high-value niche markets. They currently have two distinct product lines: TerraStride Pro, a land brokerage software, and HuntStand, a next generation...

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