Business

Workshop to offer pitching tips for entrepreneurs

Nov. 15-21 is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and aspiring inventors and business owners in the Columbia area will have a chance to learn from experts about how to make their ideas reality. The South Carolina Angel Network and Capital Angels will host a “How to Pitch Investors” workshop Wednesday from 1 p.m until 3 p.m. at the IT-ology Auditorium at 1301 Gervais Street. Charlie Banks…

USC Economic Outlook Conference to focus on flood recovery, advancing technology

Economic experts from all over the country will gather in Columbia to examine South Carolina’s financial future in the wake of last month’s floods. “Flood to future” will be the theme of the Darla Moore School of Business’ 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference, set for Dec. 17 at the University of South Carolina. “2016 is going to be a pivotal year…

Inventor wins InnovateHER Challenge with portable car battery charger

The InnovateHER Challenge sponsored by the city of Columbia brought out the best in women entrepreneurs Thursday night, but it was a local man’s invention that surprised everyone. Anthony Nedd’s invention, the Rooster Booster, allows a person to charge a car battery with ease. (photo by Kelly Petty) Anthony Nedd, inventor of the Rooster Booster, won first place in the…

Knox Abbott, Charleston Highway project moving forward as Walmart construction begins

Construction is underway on Cayce’s Walmart Neighborhood Market. (photo by Rachel Ham) Council members in Cayce will soon be choosing the construction firm that’ll bring major changes to one of the city’s busiest intersections. The Knox Abbott Drive-Charleston Highway area is getting a facelift to accommodate the anticipated traffic flow from the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Walmart officials announced the project in February…

Family loses business, gets surprise on Good Morning America

After the historic floods of Columbia devastated one family’s business, the Marsha family was invited on Good Morning America for a special surprise. From left to right are Michael’s daughters Mary Kathryn McWilliams (left) and Stephanie Marsha, Ginger Marsha, Michael Marsha and Chris Stapleton. (photo provided) “All of my fabric was destroyed, the back of the store was blown out…

Online voting open for 2015 Ignite! Ideas Contest

People can help a local entrepreneur get much-needed startup money with just a few simple clicks this week. Ignite! brings together local leaders and small business owners. (photo provided) Voting is open for the 2015 Ignite! Ideas Contest through EngenuitySC. A $5,000 prize will be awarded Nov. 18 at the annual celebration of innovation and economic competitiveness in the Midlands. Guest…

Panda Express to donate 100% of Friday proceeds to flood relief efforts

Two Columbia restaurants will be open Friday, but will not make a single penny. They expect money to come in, but they’ll send it all back out again to help their community. Panda Express will donate Friday’s Columbia proceeds to flood relief efforts (photo by Ali O’Hara) Panda Express has teamed up with the American Red Cross, and the chain’s…

Goat’s in Five Points goes ‘back to basics’

  Walk into Goat’s in Five Points and you might believe you’ve stepped into the former Goatfeathers, the three-decade-old establishment that offered an alternative to the typical college bar fare in the district. But blink and you just might miss the changes. Olando “Opie” Patterson has taken command of the spot after it closed a year ago and pumped new…

Batesburg-Leesville residents vow to continue ‘David and Goliath’ fight against rock quarry

Batesburg-Leesville residents showed up for the Lexington County Council meeting Tuesday to again protest a proposed mining operation. Officials from Vulcan Materials were there, too, this time to request a different access point to the mine. Residents are continuing their fight against the noise, dust and truck traffic they say will disrupt their rural lifestyle. About 40 people from the Ridge…

Palmetto Health unveils new neuroscience intensive care unit to help stroke patients

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has taken a major step toward providing greater patient care for stroke patients. The hospital has opened a neuro intensive care unit, the first and only in the Midlands. The neuro-ICU at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital will give stroke patients specialized post-operative care. (photo by Kelly Petty) “It’s a historical day in the Midlands,” said Dr….

Beauty product store Pout gets its own makeover, new space

Pout, a makeup and beauty product store, has been revamped and redesigned to owner Melissa Blanchard’s taste and style and is now reopen in a new Devine Street location. “Now that I own this space instead of leasing, I was able do my own renovations and design the exact concept I wanted,” Blanchard said. Seating areas were incorporated into the new…

Krafty Draft Brew Pub reaches goal of having 100 beers on tap

It’s not unusual to hear cheers from victorious Gamecock fans watching the game with friends at Krafty Draft Brew Pub, but there are not the typical wall-to-wall big screen TVs. Owner Billy Roberts designed the Lexington restaurant to get customers’ focus off their screens and smartphones and onto conversation and friendly competition instead. People are invited to put down their…

Something new is brewing in the Vista

A new brewpub is slated to open in the Vista in January, and patrons will get the chance to tap into 60 new brews a year. Owner Chris Baldwin hopes to keep the exposed brick and exposed wood at Twisted Spur Brewing. (photo by Ali O’Hara) The new microbrewery, Twisted Spur Brewing, will also offer a full-service restaurant with a little…

Helping the helpers: Sisters of Charity Foundation offers funding to flood relief organizations

Many organizations, small and large, have offered help to those affected by last month’s floods in the Columbia area, and now one group wants to help the helpers. The Sisters of Charity Foundation is taking action to support organizations providing flood relief assistance by offering grants of up to $5,000. “The foundation is especially passionate about reaching underrepresented parts of…

Columbia Planning Commission OKs lane extension for new subdivision in Forest Acres

Commissioners also voted 6-1 to extend Belmont Drive in Forest Acres, opening the door for a developer to build a 34-lot single-family residential subdivision. Commissioner Joshua McDuffie was the sole opposing vote. The subdivision development must be approved by city of Forest Acres officials, but the road extension falls within Columbia’s city limits. Homeowner Deborah Droter asked the planning commission…

Congaree Vista residents speak out against proposed self-storage facility near Canalside Lofts

Homeowners in the Congaree Vista district spoke out against rezoning property to permit a developer to construct a multi-story self-storage facility near the Canalside Lofts complex. The 1.86-acre property on the corner of Hampton and Williams streets originally was zoned for office and institutional uses. Developers wanted to expand the zoning class for neighboring Canalside Lofts to include the property. The…

Newk’s Eatery in the Vista to combine grand opening with fundraiser

A new Columbia restaurant will donate a portion of its opening day sales to the Ray Tanner Foundation. Newk’s Eatery opens Monday at 707 Gervais St. as the franchise adds to its Rock Hill and Summerville locations. The menu includes tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches, kettle batch soups and desserts. The restaurant will also serve a selection of in-house wine and beer….

Amazon hiring more than 8,000 seasonal workers for local fulfillment center

Amazon will hire 100,000 people to help with the holiday rush this year, and thousands of those jobs are coming to Lexington County. Aaron Toso of Amazon Corporate Communications said the company plans to bring on more than 8,000 new people for its fulfillment center in Cayce. Many will stay on with Amazon into the new year. “Following last year’s…

Columbia area mayors unite to lead flood recovery efforts

Six mayors stood together beside the Columbia Canal Friday. Other elected leaders joined them. They represented different communities in different counties, but all shared one purpose. All have constituents affected by the recent floods, and as Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said, “We’re here to make sure they get the help they need.” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaking Friday, backed by…

Bill restricting mobile animal care heads to full committee

A bill that has been a year in the making has advanced to the full South Carolina Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources after 250 meetings around the state and some changes and more discussion Thursday. Senate Bill 687 would create restrictions to mobile and nonprofit veterinary care for animals. Originally, the bill had a mileage restriction on mobile vet clinics…