Carolina Money Q&A

Q&A | Learn to Love Engineering with RumbleLab

By A. 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 company, RumbleLab. The company sends kits to subscribers on a monthly basis, and these kits have building projects that introduce engineering topics to kids in a fun and interactive way.

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

By A. 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 technology, and government communities, in collaboration, to make Columbia a better place for innovation.

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiosha Boyles About Social Media Use for Small Businesses

By M. Ziehe

Kiosha Boyles headshot

Kiosha Boyles is the owner of Digitize Marketing, a web marketing firm specializing in inbound marketing and digital media. Boyles is a Columbia College and University of South Carolina graduate with a master’s degree in mass communications. She is an active member of the Columbia Chamber and a Leadership Columbia graduate. Kiosha was recognized as an Influential Woman in Business by the Columbia Regional Business Report, a Top 20 under 40 by The State and a Top 40 Under 40 by the SC Black Pages.

Q&A | Economics and Education: A Conversation with Courtney Epting

By A. Esselman

Courtney Epting

Courtney Epting works with SC Economics, a support system for South Carolina teachers that is partnered with the South Carolina Department of Education. SC Economics provides free professional development opportunities to teachers that help them to build confidence in what they teach, and a deeper understanding of how economics can be used in the classroom. SC Economics also focuses on students in grades K-12, providing games and competitions, which promote interest in economics and provide skills that are useful in life. 

Q&A | A Conversation with USC and Harvard Alumnus Pedro de Abreu, Finalist of the 2016 FORBES Magazine 30 under 30

By M. Ziehe

Pedro de Abreu Headshot

Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina graduate (USC ’14), Harvard University scholar, featured columnist, published author, researcher, entrepreneur, and now finalist of the 2016 FORBES Magazine 30 under 30, which recognizes the year’s brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents, and change agents in 20 different sectors. These are just some of the achievements of Pedro de Abreu, 26.

Q&A | A Conversation with Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

By M. Ziehe

 Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

Research shows that South Carolina will experience a shortfall in tech talent in the next decade. This comes at a time when technology jobs are expected to grow significantly. According to CoursePower.org, the Midlands of South Carolina will need 3,000 IT professionals over the next decade and is on track to produce only 1,650. How do we fill this gap? Initiatives like CoursePower aim to do just that. Todd Lewis, executive director of IT-oLogy Columbia, answers our questions about the program.

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