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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.

New Retailers Join Lineup at Lexington Square

Club Pilates, Wayback Burgers and Wings Place have joined the lineup at Lexington Square, a new neighborhood-oriented retail center.

NAI Avant Closes ±2.09 Acre Fernandina Road Sale

Senior brokers Gerald Steele and Bobby Hathaway represented the seller Hina T. Mehta in the transaction.

S.C. Medical Marijuana Bill Approved by Senate Subcommittee

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would allow seriously ill patients to have access to a regulated medical marijuana system, as they do in 29 other states and the District of Columbia.

Clemson Researcher Claims Steel Tariffs Will Boost Composites Industry

Cost is the biggest barrier to using more composite materials in automotive manufacturing but those materials could become more attractive if steel and aluminum prices rise in the wake of new tariffs.

Celebration of ‘SBDC Day’ set for March 21

In 2017, the SC SBDC assisted 5,834 businesses which accounted for 136 business starts, 1,174 jobs created/retained, $28.2 million in new sales, and $58.9 million in capital investments.

Samsung Launches Second Production Line

SEHA launched its first production line in January of this year. The first line produces front-load washing machines and the second line produces top-load washing machines.

NAI Avant Announces Top Producers for 2017

Nick Stomski was awarded Top Overall Producer for the company. Stomski made company history when he completed 100 transactions in 2017.

Still Hopes Acquires Land, Partners With Theater

One 10-acre parcel is intended to accommodate long-term, future growth. The other 2.5-acre parcel will be home to a new childcare center owned and operated by Still Hopes and a new facility for Columbia Children’s Theatre.

CCCF Grants $335,770 to 11 Midlands Charities

The Connected Communities grant initiative aims to answer the questions, “What makes residents love where they live?” and “What draws them in and keeps them there?”

Nephron Announces Apprenticeship Program

The program provides nine Nephron employees the opportunity to earn a Community Pharmacy Technician certificate at Midlands Technical College (MTC).