Business

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…

Brookland project in West Columbia coming along

1/3Brookland Site Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Brookland Sign Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Brookland Site Show Caption Hide Caption Brookland site (Photo Terry Ward) Click to enlarge The storms that blew through in the last couple of weeks have slowed construction on the Brookland project in West Columbia, but it is progressing. “We’re moving ahead,” said Teresa Hodge, Project Manager at…

Public meeting for St. Andrews Road Corridor Revitalization is 6:30 p.m. Thursday

A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday  (April 20) in the Saluda Shoals Environmental Auditorium to discuss the revitalization of the St. Andrews corridor, the gateway to Saluda Shoals Park. The public meeting will discuss information gathered from a workshop that was conducted by grants from Lexington County together with the Michael J. Mungo Foundation for the Boudreaux Group…

Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market to open in May

Chapin  residents will have a new place to buy fresh produce, handmade items like candles and soaps, and participate in interactive demonstrations that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles when the  Chapin  Downtown Farmer’s Market debuts on  Saturday, May 6. The market will run from  8:30 – 11 am  in the 100 block of Clark Street in downtown  Chapin. Sponsored…

SAFE Federal Credit Union names Darrell Merkel president and CEO

Darrell Merkel, who served SAFE Federal Credit Union for nearly 30 years, has returned to the credit union in the role of president and CEO. Darrell Merkel (SAFE Federal Credit Union Photo) Merkel, who retired as executive vice president in 2014, has come out of retirement to serve SAFE once again. He joined the credit union originally as a loan…

DirectLink Courier leases 200,000 sq,ft. of space in Columbia

DirectLink Courier announced Monday it has leased 20,000 sq.ft. of industrial space at 120 Fontaine Center Drive in Columbia. The DirectLink  headquarters is in Greensboro, N.C. It is an asset-based custom ground transportation company specializing in last mile delivery and dedicated truckload service. DirectLink provides services in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Its logistics operates a growing fleet of…

2017 Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Business Expo is May 11

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business Expo is Thursday, May 11. It’s from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 110 McSwain Dr,, West Columbia, SC 29169. “A business expo can bring together hundreds of business owners and decision-makers to network, build new business relationships, and shop from vendors that provide unique products & services to help grow businesses,” said…

Home Depot, Lexington Police kick off “Free Fan Program”

With the warmest months of the year fast approaching, the Lexington Police Department is already looking forward to donations of box fans from Town of Lexington residents and businesses in order to continue this successful community program. Home Depot Free Fan kick off. (Photo Submitted) This week Chief Terrence Green, along with officers of the Community Action Team (C.A.T.), met…

Columbia’s Half Moon Outfitters in sale-leaseback deal

NAI Avant senior brokers, Dail Longaker and Dexter Rumsey, recently structured the sale-leaseback of the Half Moon Outfitters location at 2912 Devine Street in Columbia, according to an NAI Avant press release. Half Moon operates eight retail locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and will continue to operate out of the Devine Street location, offering its innovative and…

WeylChem investing $13 million in site expansion, improvements at Elgin facility

WeylChem US Inc., will invest more than $13 million in 2017 to expand the activities at its Elgin  facility. WeylChem is a provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents, according to company literature. The company announced a $10.8 million investment in Elgin in February of 2014. That investment was expected to create 49…

K9 Coature, professional dog grooming, holds Grand Opening in West Columbia

1/3Chamber Board Member Bill Mooneyhan, C-WC Chamber President Gregg Pinner; Michelle and Rodney Roe, and Owner Kisten Roe; and B.J. Unthank, City of West Columbia economic development director. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Many Chamber members and friends of K9 Coature were on hand for the festivities, Tuesday. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Gracie was excited, too, to be at K9’s Grand…

Miller Valentine starts “spec” building in in Lexington County Industrial Park

Miller-Valentine Group has announced the construction of Midway Logistics II, the first speculative class A, tilt up, multi-tenant industrial building built by a private developer in the Midlands of South Carolina since 2009. “Spec” building.in Lexington County. (Miller-Valentine Photo) The approximately 200,000-square-foot facility will be built in Lexington County Industrial Park, a 350-acre master planned industrial park located at the…

Reactor refueling outage started at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company took Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline April 8 to begin a scheduled refueling outage. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 23rd for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984. “Our focus during this outage is to perform those activities that position Unit 1 to…

Great Southern Homes reports lead in Midlands in new home sales

In 2016, Great Southern Homes led the Midlands’ home-building industry in new home closings, according to a release from the company. The Midlands is defined in the release announcing the sales numbers as Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties. This past year, Great Southern Homes, a privately-held company closed on 559 new homes in the Midlands according to the MORE Report, a…

Office building planned for corner of Farrow and Hardscrabble

NAI Avant announced Wednesday that South Carolina ENT, Allergy and Sleep Medicine (SCENT) recently purchased 1.20 acres of in Columbia’s Highland Center Professional Park. The plan is to develop a multi-story medical office building to house the SCENT practice. Senior broker Nick Stomski, SIOR facilitated the transaction. The location of the new building is the corner of Farrow and Hardscrabble…

Tiff erupts over TIF between 4 county council members and City of Cayce

Cayce Streetscape proposal. The City of Cayce has moved to establish Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to fund improvements to its Knox-Abbott corridor and other parts of the city. Tuesday, four members, of the nine-member Lexington County Council issued a press release in opposition to the Cayce TIF. Cayce Mayor Elise PArtin responed to the council memebrs, and so did Lexignton…

USC Moore School of Business program is ranked No. 1

Moore School of Business (Photo by Terry Ward.) The University of South Carolina’s international master of business administration program has again been ranked No. 1 in the latest  U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools report. The ranking was published last week. The program is a part of USC’s Darla Moore School of Business. It is the 28th consecutive year the…

House prices increasing, homes selling faster in Greater Columbia

New construction home sales are brisk in Harvest Glen in West Columbia. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The median price in the Greater Columbia area for a house increased by $4,250 to $154,250 in February compared to the same month a year ago. Houses are also selling a lot faster too in Greater Columbia. The average Days-on-the-Market dropped from 98 to…