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Planned expressly as South Carolina’s state capital, Columbia has grown from a busy cotton and textile town into a government powerhouse, military training center, locus of higher education, and flourishing financial haven. Home to multinational corporations, boutique businesses, and all the intermediaries, the city is recognized for its livability and solid business climate. While Columbia caters to a diversity of markets, it is especially devoted to the fields of healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, and banking. Columbia Business Monthly keeps abreast of all these various enterprises, sharing news of start-ups, relocations, and developments as they occur. We explore the operations and philosophies of featured companies on a regular basis, highlighting their practices and successes to prove the value of community dynamism. We also offer a broad perspective on the business climate from folks in the know, granting our readers a practical, experienced outlook.

Historic Columbia Announces 2018 Preservation Award Winners

These awards, presented on Thursday, May 3 at the organization’s annual Preservation Awards Luncheon, encourage and promote the importance of local preservation.

MTC And Columbia College Formalize Nursing Program

Students can earn two degrees in four years and in their third year possess the tools and credentials needed to work as an RN.

Canfor Southern Pine Expanding Operations

The company is projected to invest $40 million in the project.

Interns Give Business a Big Assist

Interns are a great help with the company’s growing workload. Rhythmlink looks for younger college students who can have more time with the company and grow in the process. Most work about 15 hours per week. The company currently employs three interns and has had as many as five at one time.

Top Work Places #3 Small Company - Creative Builders

Creative Builders Incorporated focuses on much more than commercial building. The firm focus on building a company family-focused culture that collectively looks for the positive in all situations. Creative Builder’s positive attitude creates a great place to work and great people to work with.

Top Work Places #2 Small Company - NorthWestern Mutual Life Insurance

he most important investment NorthWestern Mutual Life Insurance makes is in its employees. The financial representatives at the firm have so much invested in every client served, they’re like independent business owners. NorthWestern Mutual creates the best work environment: employees work for themselves, but never by themselves.

Top work Places #1 Small Company - Think Up Consulting

In the world of consulting, most companies fall into one of two camps: creators and producers. According to Michael Allard, one of two principal owners of the company, what sets Think Up Consulting apart is its finesse in blending the two. The Greenville-based company was founded in 2002 and specializes in conceptualizing brands through trainings, events, and consulting services.

Top Work Places #3 Large Company - T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.

Spread out across a 24-acre campus in Travelers Rest, T & S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc. is not your typical manufacturing hub. Privately-held and owned by the Theisen family, the company was founded in 1947 and specializes in faucets, fittings, and specialty products for a variety of different industries.

Top Work Places #2 Large Company - Berkshire Hathaway HomeService, C. Dan Joyner, Realtors

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors, the secret ingredient in the recipe to success is family.

Top Work Places #1 Large Company - Interim HealthCare

For the second year in a row, Interim HealthCare of Greenville, a locally owned hospice and home healthcare agency, was named the No. 1 Top Large Workplace in the state. Last year’s award didn’t change the way the company lives out its mission statement of being dedicated to honoring God through the enrichment of human life. However, the honor helped validate the company’s efforts.