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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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.