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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.

Nothing Bugs This CEO

Knox’s grandfather bought an existing Terminix operation in 1947, the same year Knox was born. Today, both celebrate their 70th year, along with another milestone: the family-owned business is recognized as the nation’s eighth-largest pest control company.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands: Lending a Helping Paw

At STSM, Max sits in on client therapy sessions and shows a unique understanding for when people need him the most.

Declaration of Independence

Always a solid performer as part of multi-billion-dollar global companies, the truck parts manufacturer has flourished in the year since it was spun off. It’s now a $120 million company by itself.

Startup organization perks along

Columbia’s 1MC is a free program that provides a weekly forum for aspiring entrepreneurs to present their startups over coffee to a network of peers.

Top Workplaces 2017

For the first time, Greenville Business Magazine, Charleston Business Magazine, and Columbia Business Monthly partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, the employee research and consulting firm, to determine South Carolina’s Top Workplaces through employee surveys.

Insights on S.C. Sites

“You can have the best community in the world, you can have a fantastic workforce, and if you do not have an appropriate site for a building to put this project in, then it’s going to look elsewhere.”

Working the Workforce

With the state Department of Commerce reporting 98,000 new jobs and $27 billion in capital investment since 2011, pressure is building on the Palmetto State’s workforce.

Building on a Boom

“People start going with the best product in the most vibrant markets,” Ron Anderson says of investors snatching up office towers in Greenville and under-developed mixed-use blocks in Columbia. “They really started pouring into Greenville and Columbia—in Columbia a little bit earlier, in the last 18 months.”

The Fitts Company Diversifies and Expands in Calhoun County

With more than 40,000 installations completed so far, the company has expanded out of its Lexington County operations and into a new, larger headquarters facility it built and moved into last December in Calhoun County while maintaining a portion of the Lexington County facility as warehousing.

Local Software Developer Can’t See the Forest for the (digital) Trees

When you think of the visual effects in your favorite movies, what comes to mind? You might think of insane action shots, larger-than-life beasts, or impressive costumes. You might not remember the thousands of trees lining the shot, let alone notice the fact that they aren’t real.

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