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Bose announces 300 job cuts with Blythewood plant shutdown

About 300 Bose employees will be laid off as the global audio manufacturing company announced Thursday it would close its operations in Blythewood. The plant will operate until September 2015. “Our rapid global growth requires us to keep pace with our customers, dealers, distributors, resellers and stores, and serve them as efficiently as possible,” said Bryan Fontaine, executive vice president of…

Palmetto Health receives national award for providing healthy community initiatives

Palmetto Health has received the 2014 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service after being named a finalist in 2010 and 2011. The Midlands hospital system beat out finalists from Michigan, California and Pennsylvania for the national award, which recognizes healthcare organizations providing innovative programs designed to improve the health and welfare of their community. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia names new leader

The Midlands chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has a new leader at the top. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia board announced Wednesday that Cristy Marshall has taken over as president and CEO. She will head up the organization that matches children from around the Midlands with adult mentors. Cristy Marshall is the new president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of…

Security Federal Bank breaks ground 4th location in Ballentine

Residents in Ballentine will have a new option for banking as Security Federal Bank celebrated the groundbreaking of their newest location off Dutch Fork Road. The newest branch is the fourth branch in the Midlands. Officials from Security Federal Bank break ground on the company’s newest location. (photo provided) “Obviously, the Ballentine community is growing and expanding and we hope…

Special patients get sneak peek of Palmetto Health Healing Waters spa

Officials at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge think a hospital visit doesn’t have to be a stressful, unfamiliar experience, and they designed the facility to put people at ease. Adding to the hospital’s homey feel, complete with “family rooms” and an outdoor “back porch” is Healing Waters Spa, and the first on-site hospital location will open Thursday. Palmetto Health Healing Waters staff give a unique,…

Midlands plant lands $84 million military contract

A Columbia plant has won a large governmental contract to manufacture weapons for the United States Army. The local plant will be building the M240 style of machine guns. (photo provided) FN America announced this week that it was awarded a new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, or IDIQ, contract from the Department of the Army. The company, which is based in Virginia with a…

9 Round franchise owner expands into Lexington

Liz Johnson and Lia Akhtar of 9 Round have a solution for working moms with tight schedules, those who find it difficult to stick to a workout regimen or those who just want to try something new to get their hearts pumping. Lia Akhtar (right) gets a 9 Round member ready for kickboxing. (photo by Rachel Ham) Akhtar, who also…

Richland Library offers job seekers fresh start with new clothes

Job seekers visited Richland Library’s Business and Job Center on Thursday to get a fresh start in the workplace with new clothes. The library held its first-ever “The Open Closet” event to give visitors an opportunity to find outfits for interviews, business meetings and social networking. Career coaches Iris Abney (left) and Slyvie Golod (right) look over an outfit (photo…

Lexington Medical Center Irmo recognized for excellence in patient experience

Feedback from residents has allowed Lexington Medical Center Irmo to be named one of the best care experiences in the country. The community medical center’s Ambulatory Surgery department won the prestigious Guardian of Excellence and Beacon of Excellence awards for patient experience from Press Ganey. The national organization tracks and ranks patient experience and helps healthcare professionals improve their care….

Grow Financial credit union opens on Devine Street

Tampa-based Grow Financial Credit Union continues to expand in South Carolina with the opening of a branch on Devine Street. The banking institution will provide Midlands residents a tech-savvy banking experience focused on its mantra of “Grow the Greater Good.” “Putting a branch here in the heart of Devine Street in Shandon, we want to be able to be here…

Nominees sought for 2015 Greater Lexington Chamber business people of the year

Business owners who are making a positive impact in Lexington County could be among those honored at the upcoming Greater Lexington Chamber Awards Night. Chamber staff are seeking nominations for awards to be handed out Feb. 19. Chamber members and local dignitaries will celebrate 2014 and the best of Lexington County starting at 6 p.m. at the Lexington Municipal Center….

Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia announces name change

The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, an organization that has a more than 50 year history in Columbia, now has a new name. The organization now will be known as the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, a change that was approved earlier this year by the Board of Directors of the Association and by the National Association…

Lexington businesswoman expands vision to create haven for global, local artists

One local woman, after a year of successfully operating a small business in downtown Lexington, has launched another venture to showcase the hard work of creative artists and and inspire new ones. Karen van Heerden teamed up with Lexington interior designer Kelli Limehouse last year to create a trio of businesses at a single location on Main Street. In addition to Limehouse’s…

Plato’s Closet opens new location in northeast Richland County

Plato’s Closet, a national retail consignment shop for teens and 20-somethings, on Thursday launched its second location in the Midlands. The store at 10136 Two Notch Road in Sparkleberry Square sells gently-used brand-name clothing and accessories at a discount. Plato’s Closet has a large selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Plato’s Closet fills a distinct niche in…

Photo gallery: Healing Touch Spa celebrates grand opening

Healing Touch Spa in the St. Andrews Shopping Center off Interstate 26 celebrated its grand opening Monday. Owner and certified massage therapist Erica Doyle expanded her business to the Columbia location after opening in Aiken three years ago. Doyle graduated from Aiken Technical College in 2008. “I just like to be pampered myself,” Doyle said. “I started at home and…

Lexington County small businesses celebrate grand opening of joint location

What once was a local family’s home is now a place where people can shop for unique Christmas gifts and destress from the holiday chaos when needed. Dawn Ridge and Edie Enright Hershfield celebrated their dual grand opening Thursday with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. The friends cut the ribbon on their space at 3357 Leaphart Road that houses a massage…

Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce reaches 1,000 members

Representing one of the state’s fastest-growing counties, the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center hit a major milestone this fall. Membership now includes more than 1,000 businesses and organizations representing everything from specialty boutiques to restaurants with locally sourced ingredients to hotels serving visitors to Lexington County. Chamber officials said the membership total remained at about 800 until the early 2000s…

Sew Suite Studio brings crafting headquarters, expertise to Lexington

Crafters of all levels of experience, young or old, can get their supplies, lessons, fresh ideas and expert advice from a one-stop shop in Lexington. Sew Suite Studio and Becky Robinson are one of the newest members of the Greater Lexington Chamber. (photo by Rachel Ham) Becky Robinson of Sew Suite Studio celebrated her Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center…

Registration open for small business seminar for contracting, construction industries

The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center has partnered with local minority-owned professional services firm DESA Inc. to launch the first-ever business seminar to connect small business firms in construction and engineering and gain information to improve their businesses. “After years of hosting SC MED Week, which was geared towards minority businesses, we decided to offer a seminar that would…

Local plastic surgeon tapped to lead Palmetto Health Healing Waters; spa to open Jan. 15

Palmetto Health’s newest amenity for the community and hospital patients will be opening just after the New Year. The hospital system announced Palmetto Health Healing Waters, a 7,000-square-foot spa located on the Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge campus, has its grand opening scheduled for Jan. 15. Local plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Haines will oversee care as Healing Waters’ medical director. Dr….

Dollar General opens newest location in north Columbia

Dollar General opened the doors of its newest location in Columbia on Saturday. The retail outlet at 7925 Wilson Blvd. in north Columbia celebrated its grand opening with specials, free prizes and giveaways. Dollar General opens on Wilson Boulevard in North Columbia. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient…

Photo Gallery: USC graduate opens trendy clothing boutique for women of all ages

A University of South Carolina graduate has opened a boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind clothing for women of all ages. Elliott Bridgers, owner of Mainstream Boutique on Devine Street, said she hopes to bring affordable fashion and accessories to the Midlands market. “Mainstream Boutique is a multi-generational women’s clothing boutique,” she said. “So the women that shop here are in their…

Richland County opens Office of Small Business Opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs

  Richland County on Wednesday fulfilled its promise to ensure small and local businesses have the opportunity to participate in the $1.07 billion transportation penny program when it unveiled the new Office of Small Business Opportunity. “Richland County Council created this office to ensure that we’d have the necessary programs available to assist small and local business so they would…