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Let us help you build & grow in Columbia

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Doing Business Here

What makes Columbia a smart place to locate, start something or expand? The very things you’re looking for: low costs, a talented labor pool, high quality of life, central location and outstanding transportation infrastructure — plus incentives that give companies of all sizes a competitive edge.


Talent Attraction and Retention

Crash Course Columbia aims to develop local champions who will connect with the fabric of our region’s culture, take part in the forward-movement of the community and choose to stay in Columbia.

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See What Makes Columbia, SC Special

With a low cost of doing business, excellent local support and a thriving creative community of entrepreneurs, the City of Columbia is the place to be in a state ranked #1 for small business optimism.

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View Our Interactive Map To Support Small Businesses

To view a map of local businesses along with status updates, hours of operation, contact information, and an opportunity to shop virtually or in-person safely with your favorite businesses.

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Inspiring Numbers for Business


Ranked top 10 lowest start-up costs in the nation


Average Salary


USC's International MBA Ranking in the US


No state tax, property tax or local income tax for businesses

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Columbia Advantages

With a highly skilled workforce already in place and thousands of college graduates joining that talent pool every year, we’re a smart place for business from many perspectives. We’re also the capital city in a state known for helping companies succeed in the global marketplace.

Living in Columbia

“Everywhere you go, you get the sense the city is enjoying itself.” - Atlanta Magazine, “48 Hours in Cola”

Our location in the heart of South Carolina puts us in the middle of everything great our state has to offer. It starts in our downtown districts bursting with the arts, entertainment, restaurants, festivals, sporting events and more. That energetic urban vibe is balanced with charming, tree-lined neighborhoods and plenty of outdoor recreation options, including parks with access to the three rivers that converge just blocks from downtown. With mild winters, affordable housing, and easy commutes, life in Columbia is low on stress and high in quality. You’re also within a few hours drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the coast and the cities of Charlotte and Atlanta.

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Inspiring Numbers for Living Here


Average home price (median sale price)

16 Mins

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Average high and low temperature


Number of outdoor parks within the city limits

What We Do

The word is out: Columbia is moving forward and big things are happening. Let us help you be a part of this phenomenal growth.

Columbia Economic Development (CED) makes doing business in Columbia easy for you. We can help with:

  • Site Visits
  • Finding buildings and acreage
  • Accessing funds to start up or grow
  • Negotiating incentive packages
  • Workforce, logistics and transportation expertise
  • Working with service providers and government offices
  • Identifying new opportunities, customers & business partners

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