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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.

The New Normal: The Housing Market continues to grow in Columbia, but a downward trend may be on the way

The housing market across the U.S. is showing signs of cooling off, but right here infamously hot Columbia, the industry looks as if it will remain on fire through the year, with indications that the benchmarks of 2017 may be surpassed in 2018.

Mount Franklin gives Candy a High-Tech Swirl

Mount Franklin Nutritionals, a division of Texas-based Mount Franklin Foods LLC, is putting a high-tech spin on candy manufacturing at the Sumter facility. Plans call for taking gummy candies and packing them full of nutrients.

Business Development Center helps Minority Businesses Grow

When Lasenta Lewis-Ellis opened her company, LLE Construction Group LLC, in February 2011, she struggled to find affordable office space.

Open Studios: How Columbia gets to know its Art Scene

To count itself as an art city, Columbia needs more than great art and creatively engaged artists. The coin must be flipped by consumers: patrons, collectors, and anyone seeking knowledge about how art comes to be—and how the creative process imbues the aesthetic value of work.

Tax Reform Claims Popular College Sports Deduction: Impact Unclear but many Enthusiasts Unfazed

The Internal Revenue Code had allowed an 80 percent deduction, as a charitable contribution, for donations paid for the right to purchase season tickets for athletic-event seating. Under tax reform signed into law by President Trump, the deduction was eliminated.

Corporate Security Resource Allocation: Which side of the Balance Sheet?

In the previous edition of this publication, our security article considered the importance of South Carolina firms developing comprehensive corporate security programs. Within the context of security and preparedness, understanding and managing risk is paramount. In the context of security risk, we then outlined three elements that business professionals must consider: threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences.

Opioid Crisis: South Carolina Businesses Wrestling with Epidemic

In remarks prepared for delivery in his State of the State address in January, Gov. Henry McMaster said that for the last three years, there have been more opioid-related deaths in South Carolina than homicides and drunk-driving deaths combined. In 2016, this “silent hurricane” killed 616 people, he said.

Heart and Sole Date Set

Heart and Sole is designed to celebrate women and the power of a healthy lifestyle and to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.

Lexington Medical Center to Host Lecture on Cervical Cancer

Andrea S. Garrick, MD, an OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will be the speaker.

Girl Scouts Launch LinkedIn Network

The Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn will provide relevant statistics about female leadership to inform and energize female professionals in their careers.