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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.

Under the Big Top

When most people go to the fair, they don’t think about what it takes to pull off a 12-day event that entertains, feed, and engages nearly 500,000 people. When Smith joined the fair almost 35 years ago, she certainly didn’t. As Goodman retires and she prepares to step into his shoes, she is fully aware.

Saving the TaTas: Local Entrepreneurs Fill Cups, Market Niche, with Supplies for Breast Cancer Survivors

Kim Neel and Sherry Norris met through Girl Scouts, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. Ten years later, Neel and Norris co-own Alala, LLC, a business specializing in the same cause.

TCube’s Early Success Drew Notice

The four-year-old company takes software developed by other companies and helps insurers install and configure it to work with their in-house systems, such as general ledgers, payment and compliance.

Full Speed Ahead For Midlands Boat Builder

Working out of a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Whitmire, Sea Pro has more than 100 employees. Hancock says it is on target for the five-year goals of 238 workers and $5.5 million capital investment announced by the S.C. Department of Commerce in 2015.

Columbia Ranks Among the 15 Fattest Cities in America

Americans are the fattest people in the world. By one measure, more than 70 percent of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is overweight or obese.

Line on Innovation

. With the steady growth of the so-called knowledge economy, entrepreneurs here are drawing an increasingly identifiable link connecting the state’s largest population centers, as well as arousing the interest of homegrown investors willing to finance the future.

A Walk On The Wild Side Long-Time Zoo CEO Announces Retirement

Satch Krantz will retire at the end of June after spending his entire working career building the Midlands zoo into the well-respected and award-winning tourist destination it is today.

Firms Dial Up S.C. For Call Centers

South Carolina has been an attractive location for siting call centers over the past few years. Greenville has participated in this success and is home to about 40 call centers of various sizes.

The Cooperative Ministry: Giving Columbia a Lift

Gallis, who originally hails from Baltimore, struggled with alcohol addiction for nine years. He became dependent on alcohol at a young age, and it wasn’t until he was introduced to the Teen Challenge organization that he was able to embrace his sobriety.

Bierbauer’s Transitional Legacy

The Charles Bierbauer of 30 years ago was not interested in teaching journalism. Back then, he said he wasn’t quite ready to give his job to some smart-aleck 25-year-old. “Now my job is to train those smart-aleck 25-year-olds,” says Bierbauer, now 74. “And I really enjoy it.”

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