Business

Small business owners learn social networking, branding at 2nd annual Small Business Week conference

The city of Columbia talked business Wednesday at the second annual National Small Business Week Conference. Business owners from across the Midlands and other parts of South Carolina gathered to network and pick up some tips on building their brand. “Small businesses have created 50 percent of the new jobs in the economy,” said Frank Knapp, president and CEO of…

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce celebrates National Small Business Week

The city of Columbia and Greater Columbia Chamber kicked off National Small Business Week on Tuesday honoring what many call the backbone of the community. Columbia and Richland County officials celebrated National Small Business Week with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. (photo by Kelly Petty) “I believe that small businesses are the fabric of our community here in the…

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative has opened the application process for its Bright Ideas grant program for 2014. The goal of the Bright Ideas program is to energize innovative lessons by educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their classroom projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow…

Photo Gallery: North Columbia Business Association kicks off National Small Business Week

Shops and businesses opened Monday along North Main Streetto kick off National Small Business Week in Columbia. It was a “Famously Hot” morning with temperatures headed toward the 90s as members of the North Columbia Business Association and Columbia Councilmen Brian Newman and Sam Davis gathered at Vino Garage to launch the week-long celebration of small businesses. “Small business is…

Photo Gallery: New Orleans-style cocktail bar Bourbon serves up classic American drinks

Longtime restaurateur and Columbia mainstay Kristian Niemi is set to let the good times roll on downtown’s Main Street with a brand-new cocktail concept in the historic Brennen building. Niemi and Columbia city officials celebrated the opening of Bourbon with a ribbon cutting Monday. “We are all excited about bringing another fantastic addition to Main Street,” said Columbia Mayor Steve…

Motor Supply Co. Bistro taps Wesley Fulmer as new executive chef

Motor Supply Co. Bistro is once again shaking up Columbia’s foodie scene with its newest Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer. New Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer at Motor Supply Co. Bistro (photo provided) Owner Eddie Wales has tapped Fulmer to bring his knowledge of locally grown ingredients and unique cooking techniques to the city’s best known farm-to-table eatery. Fulmer’s journey to the…

American Heart Association, American Stroke Association recognize Lexington Medical Center for exceptional care

Stroke patients are receiving top-notch care at Lexington Medical Center, according to findings by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The hospital picked up its fourth “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the two national organizations. The honor is given through the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program and is the highest award conferred to hospitals…

Senior partner at McKay, Cauthen Settana & Stubley, P.A. named one of state’s best lawyers for 6th year

Local attorney Jay McKay was named a South Carolina Super Lawyer for 2014. (photo provided) Local attorney Julius “Jay” McKay II has been deemed one of the best practitioners in the state for the sixth consecutive time. McKay is the senior partner at McKay, Cauthen Settana & Stubley, P.A., a firm founded by his grandfather Douglas McKay in 1908. He again…

Palmetto Heath Foundation takes home public relations awards

A good public relations department is important to the success of any nonprofit organization. No matter how good the cause or how well-planned the fundraiser, getting the word out is crucial. Ashley Dusenbury (left) and Leah Peace of Palmetto Health Foundation public relations show off the department’s awards from the SC Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. (photo…

USC business students learn about global competitiveness with small-business project initiative

Part of the mission of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business is to offer students experiences where they can apply classroom work in the real world. Professor Frank Rydzewski (from left), Thomas Deutinger, Dominic Freudensprung, Katerina Popova and Daniel Nagel worked on the small-business project. Also, pictured are Mark Myrick, sales manager with Jameson and Forrest…

Palmetto Health, USC School of Medicine acquire state’s first mobile simulation lab

Students, nurses and other medical personnel will be able to train where they work thanks to the SimCOACH, a mobile simulation center. (photo by Rachel Ham) Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine joined forces to open a Simulation Center in 2008. Nearly six years to the date after the training headquarters for regional medical personnel…

New Five Points restaurant is all about bacon

For some people, the smell of bacon cooking is like the song of the mythical sirens, and that powerful attraction is what two local restaurateurs hope will catapult them to success. Sizzle co-owners Matt Canyes (left) and Chef Gary Uwanawich (photo provided) Chef Gary Uwanawich  and his business partner, Matt Canyes, are hard at work this month preparing for the opening…

Artista Vista 2014 to begin Thursday with Arty Party

An event devoted to supporting art and artists in Columbia and beyond returns to the Vista for its 23rd year beginning Thursday. Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally known artists, as well as local talent, and begins Thursday with Vista galleries staying open late and offering free snacks and drinks for all from 5 until 9 p.m. The 2014 edition…

U.S. lawmakers gather for S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Night town hall

Congressional delegates stopped in Columbia on Wednesday to discuss important topics at the S.C. Chamber’s Washington Night in South Carolina. (photo provided) Congressional delegates and local business leaders gathered in Columbia on Wednesday afternoon for a town hall event organized by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce. The elected officials began by joking about rounds of golf played with one another…

Palmetto State Armory to expand Lexington County operations, add 300 jobs

A second announcement made this week will benefit local jobs seekers in Lexington County and the surrounding region. Palmetto State Armory is investing $4.2 million to expand its firearm-manufacturing headquarters in Lexington on Old Dunbar Road. The additional space will result in Palmetto State Armory doubling its current workforce. “Supporting our local community with more jobs is on the forefront…

130 new jobs coming to Chapin with Signode expansion

The town of Chapin and Lexington County will see $15 million in investment and 130 new jobs with an expansion of Signode. The company, which manufacturers and distributors of protective packaging systems, has announced plans to locate in an existing facility. “Signode is extremely excited to open up a brand new plant and product line in Chapin, S.C.  We thank the…

Shives Funeral Home breaks ground on new location to service Northeast Richland County

Shives Funeral Home announced it would add a second location in the Columbia area, expanding its services for families in the Midlands. Shives Funeral Home celebrated the groundbreaking of their newest location on Trenholm Road Extension on March 27. (photo by Burton Fowles) The family-owned-and-operated company broke ground on a new chapel last week at 7600 Trenholm Road Extension near…

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative to hold annual meeting this week

The Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative annual meeting will be held Friday at Lexington High School. Co-op members may begin registering at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the business session will follow registration at 7:30 p.m. Members will vote to elect their fellow members to the board of trustees and also will vote on the candidates for the Nominating and Qualifications Committee. Co-op…

On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air selects new vice president

Mike Jones has been named vice president of On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air. (photo provided) On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air has named Mike Jones as its new vice president. On Call announced Wednesday that Jones, a 30-year veteran of the industry, would be joining the Midlands-based company. Coming from northern Illinois, he previously has held multiple titles, including project…

Carl Blackstone selected as new president, CEO of Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of its new leader to helm the business-friendly organization. Resident Carl Blackstone will serve as chamber president and chief executive officer beginning Monday. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and serve this thriving community,” Blackstone said. “I am excited about the…

Marwin plant relocation to bring more jobs to Lexington County

A local manufacturer is in the process of relocating its operations across town, and the result will be new jobs for the area. The Marwin Co., a manufacturer of folding attic stairways, bi-fold doors, mirror bi-folds and pocket door frames, is moving from its Columbia location to the joint industrial park of Lexington and Calhoun counties. Lexington County Council approved…