Business

Lexington Medical Center names next leader

Board members at Lexington Medical Center found the hospital’s next president and CEO from within the current administration. Tod Augsburger is the hospital’s fourth CEO. (photo provided)Hospital officials announced the promotion of Tod Augsburger on Monday after board members unanimously approved the hire June 25. Augsburger has been senior vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center since November 1999. Augsburger…

Columbia retailers adjust strategies to stay relevant, compete with online, big-box stores

Homegrown retailers are taking advantage of Columbia’s population boom to launch their startups as the downtown area is re-energized with the addition of several new businesses. At the same time, small business owners face challenges competing with internet retailers and sustainable big-box stores in the growing market of youth-driven, tech-savvy consumers. “The market does look good and is promising, however there are challenges…

Chapin coffeehouse expanding to Vista

Columbia’s Vista district already has a Flying Saucer, a Rocketman and a Wild Hare, and soon it will have a Wired Goat. The Wired Goat Café is heading across the river from Chapin, where it has been owned and operated by husband-wife duo Steven Grigsby and Jessamine Stone since August 2013. The coffeehouse will continue to serve customers in Chapin while the…

Community health center opens new offices to serve Eau Claire residents

  The North Main Street business district in the Eau Claire community is taking shape as several new businesses find a home in the neighborhood. The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers celebrated a ribbon cutting Friday for two new medical offices to serve the growing population. “It’s a continuation of the efforts to attract nontraditional businesses and to make sure that folks have…

West Columbia’s State Street becoming shopping destination with new merchants, free Saturday events

State Street not only boasts two new locally owned businesses, but the area is also attracting more visitors and shoppers this summer with a series of free, family-friendly events. Karen Cotran of It’s The Little Things and Mark Plessinger of Frame of Mind joined the growing downtown business sector with both stores celebrating grand re-openings in early May. Formerly housed on Meeting Street…

North Columbia Business Association to host Fish Fry Social fundraiser for literacy program

When Sabrina Odom, executive director of the North Columbia Business Association (NCBA), founded the Buddy and Benjamin Literacy program in 2010, her goal was to improve literacy in the community. Since then, her mission has grown to include making sure local elementary school students have access to books at home. North Columbia Business Association’s annual Fish Fry Social. (photo provided) “We…

Sun Solutions printing to expand with more jobs, new facility in West Columbia

A West Columbia-based business is expanding and bringing new jobs to the area. Sun Solutions, a commercial printer founded in 1983, soon will begin construction on a new 105,000-square-foot facility on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. The company offers services like vehicle wraps, promo items, digital printing and direct mail marketing. Vice President of Business Development Jacob Cook said Sun Solutions…

More jobs coming to Lexington County Amazon plant

Amazon is continuing to expand its workforce, and the Lexington County plant is among those adding new positions. The company announced intentions to fill more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand. People hired will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping customer orders. Officials said Amazon will add more than 200 full-time jobs at…

Local flooring retailer honored for support of injured soldiers through Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Building for America’s Bravest will present catastrophically injured soldiers and their families with keys to brand-new Smart Homes tailored to their needs this year. Local retailer Wayne Kirby was honored Thursday for his stores’ part in making the homes possible. Wayne Kirby (center) is joined by his Lexington staff and Ret. Lt….

Site plan approved for Walmart Neighborhood Market in Cayce

The Cayce Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store and gas station to be built at the intersection of Knox Abbott Drive and Charleston Highway. Cayce’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market will stand at the intersection of Knox Abbott Drive and Charleston Highway, and developers have requested a traffic light for the intersection. (photo…

Goodwill to open new Lexington store, job center Thursday

Job seekers and shoppers who love a good deal can head to Goodwill’s newest store beginning Thursday. Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina is set to open its Sunset Boulevard location at 9 a.m. A Job Connection center will serve those seeking a new career or assistance filling out a resume, and the donation center will give people a place to…

City of Columbia to host franchise seminar for local entrepreneurs

The city of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities is hosting a franchise seminar next week to help educate entrepreneurs about the benefits of starting a turn-key business. The one-day workshop will feature several sessions that will cover topics like franchise coaches, finance and technical assistance. A number of franchise owners from national chains like McDonalds, Marble Slab Creamery and Save-A-Lot will…

Blue Bell Creameries recall to affect Lexington County distribution center

A recall issued by Blue Bell Creameries in recent weeks will affect workers at a Lexington County plant. The company announced Friday that production will be halted longer than expected resulting in cost-cutting measures like layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions. The distribution center on Industrial Drive in Lexington County is among the plants scheduled to be shut down. “The agonizing decision to lay…

Marco’s Pizza adding second Lexington location this month

Marco’s Pizza is expanding its local presence with a second location on U.S. Highway 378 in Lexington. The new location opens this month with a special preview day featuring family-friendly activities and free samples. Officials with JH Development announced Marco’s Pizza is moving to a new commercial building next to the Golden Hills Golf & Country Club. The first day of business is set for…

CEO of Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce to step down

Big changes are in store for the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, and the staff and board of directors will be pushing ahead without its current leader. Tiffany Boyce Heitzman, president and CEO of the chamber, has announced plans to step down from her position this summer. Her family is relocating to Arizona as Heitzman’s husband, Maj. Bill Heitzman, has been assigned by the U.S….

Smashburger now hiring for new Lexington location

People looking for a summer job or management opportunities can apply to work at one of Lexington’s new restaurants. Smashburger is set to open in June in Lexington. (photo provided) Smashburger is hiring for its Sunset Boulevard location, which is under construction just down from the entrance to the Golden Hills Golf & Country Club community. Public Relations and Marketing Manager…

Photo Gallery: Navy veteran opens grocery store to provide fresh food to low-income residents

  Marcus Scarborough could have taken his skills as a nuclear-trained engineer to secure any position he wanted. But the Columbia native and 13-year Navy veteran chose to return home to fulfill the simple need of food security to an underserved part of the population. Scarborough welcomed customers Wednesday to the new Save-A-Lot on Harden Street. His goal for the…

Business leaders optimistic about renewed interest in North Main Street

The North Columbia Business Association is banking on new interest in the North Main Street corridor to attract businesses and bring economic development to a once blighted community. Elected leaders and North Columbia Business Association representatives celebrate the start of National Small Business Week. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Small businesses employ the majority of the citizens in this country and…

Columbia Chamber kicks off National Small Business Week

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce kicked off National Small Business Week on Monday with a proclamation from Richland County and Gov. Nikki Haley. Columbia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carl Blackstone speaks about the importance of small businesses in the Midlands. (photo by Kelly Petty) “We’re happy to celebrate this one week out of the year to put on…

Richland School District Two seeks more taxes from businesses to fund budget shortfall

More taxes from Richland County businesses will be needed to cover a funding gap in Richland School District Two’s budget for next year. School board members unanimously approved a budget for 2015-16 that totals $246.3 million and includes a millage rate increase of 13.5 mills. District Two’s Chief Financial Officer Harry Miley said the rise in the property tax rate…