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MCEC VP Troy Simpson says “be compassionate” in address to C-WC Chamber Breakfast

MCEC VP Troy Simpson (ColaDaily Photo) Be compassionate. That was the message delivered by Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Vice President. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Tuesday morning. It was at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Simpson conceded that kindness is not normally associated with a power company. But he said his company values compassion. Simpson…

Copper Barn Furniture, rustic classic, but not typical on North Main Street

Copper Barn Furniture (ColaDaily Photos) Copper Barn Furniture is in the middle of its grand opening. It is one of the newest additions to Columbia’s North Main Street. The store was developed by Josh and Stephanie Wilson. With a slightly rustic but classic feel, one doesn’t even recognize the space as the old If It’s Paper building. Corrugated tin, dark…

China Hengshi Foundation Company launching Richland County operations, to bring jobs

Fiberglass Manufacturer Investing $11.1 Million And Creating 48 Jobs

China Hengshi Foundation Company, a fiberglass fabric provider, is locating new operations in Richland County. The company’s new facility is expected to bring $11.1 million in capital in investment and lead to the creation of 48 jobs. Founded in 2000, China Hengshi specializes in the research, development, production and marketing of a variety of fiber-weaving products for export around the…

City of West Columbia embarks upon revitalization and redevelopment plan

Meeting Street, West Columbia. (ColaDaily Photos) West Columbia City Council approved a revitalization and redevelopment plan at meeting earlier this week. The winning proposals from Redevelopment Management Associates  presented ideas to plan growth for the West Columbia area as well as concentrate on some residential areas to stimulate economic development and investment. Redevelopment Management Associates  was chosen for the City…

Lugoff Automotive Group receives Business Partner of the Year Award from Kershaw County Chamber

Presentation to Lugoff Automotive Group. (Photos Submitted) Lugoff Automotive Group has received a 2016-2017 Kershaw County Business Partner of the Year Award from the The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. The group was nominated by Kershaw County School District is an effort to acknowledge the time and resources the group gives to local schools. Jennifer McElveen of Lugoff Automotive Group accepted the…

Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Business Expo is Thursday

The 2017 Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday (May 11.) It’s at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 110 McSwain Dr,, West Columbia, SC 29169 There is no admission charge. Stop by during lunchtime and find out more about the local businesses in the area and meet some business and community…

Small business optimistic, but deflated by failure of Congress to reverse policies

The National Federation of Independent Business’ Index of Small Business Optimism posted another historically high reading in April, but expectations for future business conditions plunged by eight points, a sign that business owners were shaken by Congress’ failure at the end of March to repeal and replace Obamacare. The survey results were published Tuesday in a press release. “Small business…

Lexington-based Prysmian gets $300 million deal with Verizon

Verizon Communications has awarded Prysmian Group a $300 million optical cable supply contract. Prysmian Group North America headquarters are in Lexington. The agreement supports Verizon’s U.S. network expansion around a next-generation fiber platform that will speed the implementation of 5G services. Verizon will supply 10.6 million miles of ribbon and loose tube cables. The agreement was announced Monday in a press…

Cayce/West Columbia Primary Care going up at Klapman and N. Brown Street

There is a new healthcare facility being built in West Columbia. Cayce/West Columbia Primary Care is going up at the corner of Klapman Boulevard and North Brown Street. The building is 9,762-sq.ft said Paetra Cruz, executive director of Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, the parent organization for the project. Adults and children, who are part of the “undeserved” community, will…

Richland County’s $1.7 billion two-year budget has no tax increase

Richland County Council this week kicked off discussions on its first proposed two-year budget, which sets forth a $1.7 billion spending plan to improve government services at no additional costs to taxpayers. The outline of the budget was issued in the form of a press release, Wednesday evening. As presented, Biennium Budget I – which covers the fiscal years beginning July…

Small Business Week Conference, Thursday

The City’s Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) will host the fifth annual Small Business Week Conference on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street). The Small Business Week Conference promises to be a unique opportunity to network with small and large business owners throughout the midlands, city and county officials, and has a great line-up…

Lots of talk about Columbia Capital Outlets in Cayce, but no confirmation

1/2Property at 12th Street Extension and I-77. (Photos Terry Ward) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Property at 12th Street Extension and I-77. Show Caption Hide Caption Property at 12th Street Extension and I-77. (Photos Terry Ward) A large large tract of land is being cleared at the intersection of 12th Street Extension and I-77 in Cayce. That much is known. But…

Midlands industrial development climate is better than ever

A report from a Columbia-based leasing and broker operation sites several favorable factors that point to robust economic growth in the Midlands. The industrial real estate market in Columbia saw decreased vacancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to report released by NAI Avant Monday. The trend follows a steady declining vacancy trend than began in the first quarter…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

Columbia’s Small Business Week Conference is Thursday

The City’s Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) will host the fifth annual Small Business Week Conference on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street). The Small Business Week Conference promises to be a unique opportunity to network with small and large business owners throughout the midlands, city and county officials,…

Clothier LuLaRoe locating distribution center in Richland County, creating 1,000 jobs

LuLaRoe, a national provider of women’s and men’s clothing, is locating a new distribution center in Richland County. The project is expected to bring approximately $35 million of new capital investment and create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. The project was announced by the office of Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday afternoon in a release. Located at…

Less vacancy in Columbia office market, demand increases says NAI Avant

Space on Gervais Street. (Terry Ward Photo) The Columbia office market saw a vacancy rate of 9.4 percent  at the close of the first quarter of 2017, according to NAI Avant. The data was released Wednesday. The first quarter vacancy rate is a decrease from 9.8 percent  at the end of 2016. Average rental rates dropped modestly and leveled off at…

SLED chief for expunging minor violations, not for marijuana

SLED Chief Mark Keel. Mark Keel, chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, said he favors legislation that would expunge the record for minor violations, but he opposes the Medical Marijuana bill being considered by the General Assembly. Keel spoke Tuesday morning at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Keel said he has…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

2017 McDaniels Golf Classic results in $255,000 for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers

The McDaniels Golf Classic benefits Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. It was held Friday at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. (Center) Bill McDaniels (Photo Submitted) Bill McDaniel is a signature sponsor and president of McDaniels Auto Group. He is in his 26th year with the fundraiser. The classic has raised over $4.5 million since it began. The McDaniels Golf Classic helps support…

Reminder: Leadership Columbia holding Lincoln Street tunnel ribbon-cutting, Thursday

The Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 (LC17) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to unveil “WatermarkedSC,” its Lincoln Street tunnel beautification project. Guests will be welcomed at 3 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 3:20 p.m. at Lincoln and Lady streets. The event is free and open to the public. Mayor Steve Benjamin and other local dignitaries will speak. The event…