Carolina Money

Q&A | Can I Actually Pay for College?

August 16, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Hands holding up money

It is back-to-school time across the country. Richland and Lexington counties are bustling with new energy as students of all ages emerge from the lethargy that comes with summertime in South Carolina. With the beginning of the fall semester come concerns about finances,...

VIDEO | Performing Artists Get a Jump-Start at Midlands Tech's Performance Incubator

August 11, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Performer at the Harbison Theater at Midlands Tech

It is tough for performing artists to make a living pursuing their passion. Despite our community valuing the arts, those who pursue a career in the arts are constantly struggling to get their work off the ground. This is where Midlands Technical College steps in. The...

PODCAST | Information Technology: It's for Women, Too

August 5, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Tammy Mainwaring, interviewee

Information technology. Science. Engineering. Math. These are all words that come with a certain expectation of masculinity. A female who goes into engineering is rare, and a woman in a top position in IT tends not to stay long. Does this really matter? Research shows that...

Q&A | Learn to Love Engineering with RumbleLab

July 27, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Moultrie Ball, founder of Rumble Lab

School can be boring. Summer can be boring, too. Honestly, kids find a lot of things “boring.” Moultrie Ball experienced this in his own childhood, and now he combats the boredom in other children by teaching them important science and engineering concepts through his...

Second Annual Connected Communities Grants Fund Seven Local Charities

July 25, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Sculpture in front of Columbia Museum of Art

What makes people love the place they live in? What draws people to a place and makes them want to stay there? The Central Carolina Community Foundation announced that seven Midlands charities will launch innovative projects hoping to answer these questions and ultimately...

Costco is Coming to Town

July 5, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Construction on Columbia's Costco

Watch out Sam’s, competition is coming soon! According to The State , a Costco Wholesale Warehouse is set to open this summer on Piney Grove Road. The presence of the bulk-purchase business has long been in demand by Columbia residents, but the city has trailed behind...

EPA To Help Columbia To Develop Sustainable Design Strategies

June 27, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
The Mills at Granby and Olympia

The Capital City Mill District is finally gearing up for a much-needed facelift. The city has been meeting with residents of the area to gain insight as to what needs to change. According to WIS-TV , there has not been a plan for the neighborhood since the 1980s. Some...

VIDEO | The SAVVY Musician in Action Teaches Business to Artists

June 23, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Musicians singing at SAVVY

The arts and business tend to not intersect, especially in education. However, USC professor Dr. David Cutler is working hard to change that. For the past few years Cutler has directed a six-day workshop called The SAVVY Musician in Action, which helps artists from across...

Columbia Nearly Fails in Small Business Friendliness According to Recent Survey

June 22, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Columbia Skyline

Something is making small business owners and entrepreneurs unhappy with how things are run in the city of Columbia. Just a year ago, Thumbtack —a website dedicated to helping people hire professionals for a variety of projects—conducted the Small Business Friendliness...

VIDEO | How Columbia has Changed over the Past Decade

June 16, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Main Street in Columbia facing the State House

Columbia is one of only five American cities that is home to both the state capital and the state university. Toss in a pinch of Southern charm (and cuisine), plus the nation’s largest U.S. Army training facility in nearby Fort Jackson, and you have a lively stew of ideas,...

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

June 9, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Panelists discussing questions

What draws people to a city? What makes people stay? What really makes a city a great place to be? These questions and others were discussed in the recently renovated City Hall in downtown Columbia on the night of June 8 as a way to bring together the arts, business and...

PODCAST | Following Up with Fund My Pro

June 7, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Fund My Pro t-shirt

In August 2015, we met up with former NFL player Corey Jackson to learn about his newly started company, FundMyPro. This company connects fans with their favorite athletes, and it allows them to collaborate to positively impact communities in need. Corey founded the company...

Columbia Museum of Art Recognized at the White House

June 1, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrance to Columbia Museum of Art

Hard work and dedication truly do pay off. Eighteen years ago, the Columbia Museum of Art opened its doors at its current Main Street location. The move from its original site on Bull and Senate Streets was the beginning of Columbia’s revitalization of its downtown. The...

Wells Fargo Visits W.F. Sandel Elementary to Teach Children to Save

June 1, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
children learn about saving in classroom

On May 12, 2016, Wells Fargo Team Members visited W.F. Sandel Elementary in Columbia, S.C., as part of the bank’s Teach Children to Save Campaign. Teach Children to Save is a national program sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA). Bank volunteers speak with...

Walmart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service to Columbia Locations

May 23, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Walmart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service to Columbia Locations

According to ColaDaily , Walmart launched an online grocery pickup service on Thursday at four stores located in Columbia. The free service is said to be popular with busy parents who will fill their virtual cart as they run out of items and then schedule a weekend pickup...

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