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Successful Entrepreneur Martha Studstill Seeking New Ownership for Uptown Gifts


Since the opening of Uptown on Main, Martha Studstill has developed a devout local following. Her shop has been the cornerstone of the revitalization of Columbia's Business Improvement District.


Columbia Economic Development Announces Partnership with GIS Planning


City of Columbia’s Economic Development Department has announced their partnership with GIS Planning, an online economic development solution for corporate site selection.


Columbia Economic Development Launches New Interactive Map of Local Businesses Operating Amid COVID-19


In an effort to assist businesses in the community during COVID-19, the City of Columbia’s Economic Development Department has partnered with GIS Planning on the launch of ZoomBusiness, an interactive online map that displays businesses operating during the pandemic.


Columbia Economic Development Launch Site to Provide Small Businesses with Resources to Survive COVID-19 Pandemic


The Columbia Economic Development Department has been working with other City departments, government agencies, and business associations to gather information relevant to businesses and their employees. Updates on local policies such as meter bagging for restaurants and curfew can be found here, alongside relevant information from other governmental agencies such as SBA Disaster Relief and SC DEW Employment Assistance.


Kline Property Receives Commercial Development Incentive Approval from City of Columbia and Richland County


With final approval granted by Richland County Council during their February 18th meeting, the former Kline Iron & Steel Company location is now positioned to take advantage of the Commercial Development Incentive Program and move forward with a mixed use project at the key intersection of Huger and Gervais Streets. Founded in 1923, Kline operated on the corner of Huger and Gervais and became an internationally known powerhouse in steel fabrication and tower construction and continued to operate there for over 80 years.


Columbia, SC Named in Inc.’s 2020 Surge Cities List


Inc. today announced its second annual Surge Cities list, a guide to the best 50 cities in America for starting a business. Coming in 42 on the list, Columbia, SC is ranked 6th in Net Business Creation, 20th in Wage Growth and 34th in Population Growth.


USC Columbia Technology Incubator Announces Member Showcase Event


The USC Columbia Technology Incubator and USC Office of Economic Engagement announce the Member Showcase to highlight innovative business models in the Midlands region. Member companies encompass a variety of disciplines including life sciences, information technology, cybersecurity, robotics, and artificial intelligence.


Landmark joint effort by Richland County and City of Columbia to open the door for commercial development


In a landmark joint effort, Richland County and the City of Columbia are collaborating to jumpstart commercial development across the region. Recently cited by SmartAsset as the number four U.S. city where millennials are moving, the Columbia, S.C., region