Richland County

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

By Krishna Thakker

Financial Aid Class

COLUMBIA, S.C. – George Scott, president of Seeds of Wealth Financial Group, spoke to an audience of students and their parents, at Ridge View High School about paying for college.

His number one advice was for parents to submit a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) form. After this form is submitted, the Federal Student Aid office responds to them with an SAR (Student Aid Report) which informs the family of their EFC (Expected Family Contribution).

More Changes and Growth in The Vista

By Kaitlyn Park

Finlay Park

Columbia’s Vista has become a hub for citizens in the Capital City looking to live, work and play in the heart of downtown. So it should come as no surprise that the Vista is continuing to grow.

Cola Daily reports that two new restaurants will soon be coming to the Vista: Newk’s Eatery, as well as Twisted Spur Brewing.

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

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 has a magnetic ring around its top, and it is stored in a magnetic holder on the bike. 

Q: First off, could you tell us a little about your background? What should people know about you?

Q&A | ​Abigail Zeiler, Director of Communications at Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR)

By Marina Ziehe

Abigail Zeiler, Director of Communications at Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR)

Columbia Opportunity Resource, COR, connects talented professionals in the greater Columbia area to diverse and meaningful networks for leadership, service and fun. COR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. COR's vision is an innovative, energized and successful Columbia community that attracts, inspires, develops, and retains the best talent in the region. 

Q&A | Understanding Small Business Loans

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 Carolina, based on units (91) and dollars ($23.3 MM). Carolina Money caught up with Holt Chetwood, Wells Fargo Midlands Market President and Blake Montgomery, Wells Fargo Business Development Officer in Columbia, to further understand the SBA loan process and the essentials to opening a small business.

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Richland County

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Richland County

According to a press release, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center to help several counties in S.C., including Richland and Lexington County. 

The Business Recovery Center will help business owners apply for low interest disaster loans, which are made available to the SBA disaster declaration due to the recent severe flooding in S.C.

7 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs from the Start Conference

By Andrea Esselman

Students entrepreneurs in the Start Conference

The first Start Conference for student entrepreneurs at the University of South Carolina was held in early October, in partnership with the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and the USC Student Life Leadership and Service Center. Fve local entrepreneurs came to speak to students about how they can start their own businesses. 
 
The speakers were:
 

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Guidelines

By Marina Ziehe

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Guidelines

The weather has taken a severe turn across much of the Midlands, leading to catastrophic flooding in the area. South Carolina Emergency Management Division officials urge you to follow these guidelines:

PODCAST | Laura Corder, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator

Laura Corder

The USC / Columbia Technology Incubator recruits and then consults with high-impact startup companies in the Midlands of South Carolina. Learn more about it from Laura Corder, director of communications for the Incubator and the USC Office of Economic Development.

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