Business

Richland County to collect data to develop minority business disparity study

A consultant hired by the Richland County suggested that county staff gather a year’s worth of data on the number of businesses certified under the small and local business enterprise program, which would include minority-owned firms, before moving forward with a disparity study. County council wants to develop the study to measure the number of minority businesses that contract for county work….

SCE&G to close business offices in Lexington County this summer

SCE&G customers will have fewer places to pay their bill in person starting this summer. The company announced the closing of several business offices across the state, including some in Lexington County. SCE&G officials said a combination of factors, including low customer traffic and operational inefficiencies, led to the decision. “With nearby payment locations and the relocation of our employees to…

The Deli’s new owner looks to continue tradition of ‘one of Lexington’s best kept secrets’

People in Lexington have been leaving their law offices, government buildings and downtown shops for the past 30 years to grab lunch at a local institution. As the new owner of The Deli, Crystal Smith is looking to keep the tradition of friendly service and quality food going while also eyeing expansion. The Deli is still going strong after 30 years….

City of Columbia taps Greg Davis to chair Minority Business Advisory Council

Columbia’s Minority Business Advisory Council now will be led by 20-year veteran Greg Davis, who is charged with expanding opportunities for minority businesses in the city. Greg Davis has been named chairman of the Minority Business Advisory Council. (photo provided) Davis serves as the director of minority and small business affairs for the S.C. Department of Transportation. As chairman of the…

New business takes aim at USC parking shortage

If a local businessman’s plan is as successful as he hopes, a lot more scooters will be seen in downtown Columbia this fall, and University of South Carolina students will find it much easier to get around town. Scootaway employees posed with a scooter and a four-legged friend at a recent fundraiser for PETSinc. (photo by Allen Wallace) USC alumnus Frank…

Harbison West Elementary student turns bows into booming business

The mother-daughter duo of Rozalynn and Gabrielle Goodwin has turned a common problem into a trendy business venture that’s catching the eye of other moms and daughters around the Southeast. Gabrielle, 8, is the youngest person ever South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year. (photo provided) Gabrielle, a student at Harbison West Elementary School, is the namesake and inspiration behind GaBBY Bows, accessories she…

Entrepreneurs pitch their startups in ‘Shark Tank’ competition during ConvergeSE

More than a dozen entrepreneurs pitched their start-ups Wednesday in a “Shark Tank”-style competition at Music Farm as part of this week’s ConvergeSE conference in Columbia. An entrepreneur pitches his startup to a panel of investors. (photo by Kelly Petty) The 36|86 “Southern Series” pitch contest was developed by Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership based in Tennessee with a focus…

Guitar Center opens Thursday in Columbia

Commercial development in the Harbison area expands this week with the grand opening of Guitar Center. The newest location is celebrating a grand opening Thursday starting at 7 p.m. on Park Terrace Drive. Guitar Center joins Academy Sports + Outdoors in the new development. The grand opening will feature additional deals and giveaways throughout the weekend. The Charleston-based Luke Cunningham Band…

New Denny’s to open next week in West Columbia

A former Burger King in West Columbia is opening as a new chain restaurant next week. Denny’s has announced a grand opening at 8 a.m. April 14 after several weeks of renovations to the space on Sunset Boulevard near the Interstate 26 ramp. “Our newest Denny’s in West Columbia offers the newest design concept, giving guest an updated, modern aesthetic…

Photo Gallery: Hyatt Place hotel opens in the Vista

  Hyatt Place has made its home in the Vista, becoming the fourth hotel to open in the business and entertainment district. “We are excited to introduce the upscale select service Hyatt Place brand to historic downtown Columbia and the Congaree Vista,” said General Manager Chad Howard.  “Our spacious guestrooms and hotel amenities, along with our prominent location, make us an…

Kaminsky’s brings sweet treats, cocktails for The Vista’s late-night diners

Charleston’s late night spot for a sweet treat has made its way to Columbia. Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe is serving up desserts, drinks and specialty coffee in its new location in The Vista. “We just want people to enjoy what we have to offer,” said operating partner Mike Evans. “We’re just a cool hang-out space.” Marketed as a “dessert cafe,” Kaminsky’s…

Grill Marks set to bring specialty burgers to Vista this fall

One of the first retailers in the former City Market antique mall on Gervais Street is bringing the specialty burger concept to Columbia this fall. Grill Marks is expanding into the Vista this August. Grill Marks serves up burgers, fries, milkshakes and an assortment of appetizers. (photo by Larkin Restaurants) “Grill Marks is what we call a ‘sophisticated burger joint,’…

New location brings after-school programming to Art Smart Academy in Irmo

Kids discover creative outlets to express their ideas nearly every day around the Art Smart Academy workroom. The Irmo business, now in a new larger location, is stretching children’s brains with chess and foreign language, too. Katherine Fix, a former art teacher from Sumter, started Art Smart Academy in 2011. She taught art out of her garage at first and brought classes to childcare…

Ballentine Family YMCA, Ballentine Family Practice offer central place for healthcare, fitness

Residents in the Ballentine community can work their core, take a fitness class and care for aches, pains and the sniffles all in one new facility. The Ballentine Family YMCA opens Monday. (photo provided) Palmetto Health and the YMCA of Columbia partnered for a unique venture opening this spring to the public. Hospital and YMCA leaders cut the ribbon on…

Legislators make their case for business license, regulatory reform bills

Two bills moving through the legislative process in South Carolina could mean an easier and cheaper way of doing business for companies across the state. State Reps. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, and Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, spoke Tuesday to members of the Greater Lexington Chamber about legislation they have introduced to reform the business license fee system and eliminate unnecessary regulations placed…

Mother-daughter duo celebrates expansion of family-owned boutique Just the Thing

Family-owned boutique Just the Thing once again has expanded at its Devine Street location. The store has grown to a 5,000-square-foot space carrying women’s fashions. Just the Thing founder and owner Terri Jackson (seated) and her daughter, vice president Tracy Wright (photo by Kelly Petty) “The opportunity to have our clothing and shoes displayed in what I feel is the…

Lexington County businesses reduce environmental footprint, lower costs with eco-friendly changes

Businesses large and small are going green every day in Lexington County, and the benefits are being reaped by customers and the companies’ bottom line. Business owners can do a number of things to be recognized as an eco-friendly company in Lexington County. They can become a Certified Green Business or a Green Business Member, depending on the level of participation, through…

Midlands’ version of ‘Shark Tank’ ready to invest in big ideas

The television show “Shark Tank” has given numerous entrepreneurs a chance to present ideas to potential investors, but a Midlands group is offering a chance for local business owners to get their big break without leaving South Carolina. Capital Angels is Columbia’s part of the South Carolina Angel Network, recently featured in Forbes magazine. The network is made up of accredited “angel investors,” who provide…

Fashion boutique bevello opens doors at Trenholm Plaza

Trenholm Plaza has welcomed a new store for women in need of trendy apparel. North Carolina-based boutique bevello, has opened a 3,000-square-foot store next to Publix supermarket and J. Crew in the Forest Drive shopping center. bevello offers a large selection of trendy clothing and accessories (photo by Kelly Petty). “We offer something from for all ages, all the way…

BlueCross BlueShield, Lexington Medical Center reach agreement

Lexington Medical Center will remain a BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Preferred Blue provider. BlueCross BlueShield announced Tuesday that it has reached a new contract with Lexington Medical Center and its doctors, replacing the one set to expire Feb. 28. There will be no break in Lexington Medical Center’s network status, according to BlueCross BlueShield, and patients need not take any action…