Last Updated: May 01, 2017 08:48PM •
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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.
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.
. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Boudreaux Group is in its second generation of ownership. Founder John Boudreaux retired at the end of 2012 after transitioning ownership to the new team beginning in the early 2000s.
Since its founding in 2013, IMCS has grown to 25 employees, graduated from a university incubator to its own lab and headquarters, and is beginning to market its products internationally.
Voterheads (www.voterheads.com), the Columbia-based startup that seeks to make keeping up with the meanderings of local government a more user-friendly experience, is projecting rapid growth in 2017, and is starting to get some welcome national attention.
Work has begun on renovations of the historic Ensor Building in the BullStreet neighborhood, located at 2180 Boyce St. between Spirit Communications Park and the First Base Building. The building was originally a research laboratory for the Ensor Research Foundation, founded in 1945, to make improvements in mental health patients. It was later a morgue until the late 1990s.