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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.

Commerce Dept. Awards CDBG Grants

Fourteen communities across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $7.2 million in funds from the latest round of CDBG funding.

Santee Cooper Extends Revolving Loan Program

The extension of the loan program has been approved through Dec. 31, 2020.

Encompass Health Patients Threw Honorary First Pitches At FireFlies Game

This is a way to celebrate the success of independence of two remarkable patients.

USC Sport Management Master's Program Ranked No. 5 Globally

The graduate program jumped nine spots this year from No. 15 in 2017.

Youth Corps: Our Next Generation of Leaders

All of the buzz is about Millennials, but have you heard much about Generation Z? According to Forbes, Generation Z is defined as individuals born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s. This group of young people makes up approximately 25 percent of our U.S. population, which is a larger cohort than Baby Boomers or Millennials.

Cayce Draws Line On Infrastructure Challenges

Most of municipal government isn't sexy. It’s about potholes and fire hydrants and sidewalks and water lines—boring things, but things that impact quality of life for local residents.

Raising Columbia's Profile: Benjamin’s Term As U.S. Conference Of Mayors' President Offers City Benefits

A few dozen mayors of large and medium cities across the U.S., including many prominent names, will learn a lot about Columbia in late September. The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston, and others—more than 60 in all—are expected to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ leadership meeting. For the city, it’s one of the early benefits of having its mayor, Steve Benjamin, serving as USCM president.

Fiber Ambitions: Merger of Spirit and Lumos May Boost Investment in S.C.

Now that Spirit Communications of Columbia and Lumos Networks, a regional provider of fiber-bandwidth in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, have combined, questions have turned to what it will mean for Spirit’s South Carolina operations and employees.

Songs In The Key Of CRE

The sweet sounds of commercial real estate opportunities are ringing out across South Carolina.

You Get What You Pay For

Architecture is the mother of the arts, but until fairly recently, the mother couldn’t find her children. Help came from Jay Pritzker and his wife. The Pritzker family in Chicago, the city best known as a museum of modern architecture, pulled together its Hyatt Foundation and named its first annual recipient of the Pritzker Prize, 1979, architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. The award went to then-73-year-old Philip Johnson, best known for his Glass House, 1949, and his master plan of Lincoln Center, 1964. Johnson died in 2005.