Business & Economy

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

June 1, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. 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...

New Pedestrian Bridge at Riverbanks Zoo

May 23, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by S. Hankinson
Bridge

Using a large crane, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden put in place its new pedestrian bridge late Wednesday afternoon. Funding for the bridge was approved by the Richland County Council in September. Bridge construction was estimated to be approximately $2.7 million, and is being...

Q&A | A Conversation with Joe and Jessica Kastner, Owners of Local Ice Cream Store

May 20, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Thakker
Front of ice cream store

We got in touch with Sweet Cream Company owners, Joe and Jessica Kastner, to tell us a little more about their boutique ice cream shop located on Columbia's historic Main Street and how they developed their business. Q: What makes you so unique? A: We make a lot of...

Program Incentivizes the Reuse of Vacant and Abandoned Buildings

May 16, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Vacant building

A new program offered by Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc. is up and running in the city of Columbia. The program provides property owners or tenants grants of up to $20,000 to reimburse the cost for renovating vacant and abandoned buildings within the City of Columbia and...

Behind the Scenes of The Biltmore's Biodiesel Facility

May 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by A. Crouch
canola oil seeds

The Biltmore has been a sustainable estate since George Vanderbilt's original vision in the late 1800s. Today, the family owned property has put a focus on energy efficiency with biodiesel and solar energy production. Ted Katsigianis, V.P. of Agriculture and Environmental...

Behind the Scenes of The Biltmore's Production Garden

May 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by A. Crouch
Biltmore Production Garden

When George Vanderbilt built The Biltmore in the late 1800s, his goal was to make the estate sustainable in many areas, one being agriculture. Eli Herman, the manager of the production garden, gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse and tells us how they are...

Debates Continue Over Construction of Hotels in Charleston

May 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Rackley
Charleston

The concern over how Charleston’s growing tourist industry will affect everyday life in the city that many people call home continues to grow, as more and more visitors arrive each year. For several years now, residents and city officials have debated how many tourists the...

Researchers to Examine Southeast’s Booming Growth of Aerospace Workforce

May 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Rackley
Boeing airplane

It’s no secret that in the Southeast, the workforce of the aerospace industry has experienced exponential growth. A study done by the University of South Carolina shows that ever since South Carolina began recovering from the Great Recession in 2010, annual employment...

National Small Business Week Kicks Off in Columbia

May 3, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Thakker
City of Columbia

National Small Business week launched on Monday afternoon, by the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and the Chamber of Commerce, to encourage the formation, growth and success of small businesses in our community, according to Columbia Business Report ...

US Quidditch Cup 9 Brings Cash to Columbia

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Park
young students playing the game Quidditch

U.S. Quidditch Cup 9 brought the world of Harry Potter to Columbia for the first time last weekend, Apr. 16 and 17, and brought with it an economic boost to the Columbia area. The game is a mix of rugby, dodgeball and tag, according to the U.S. Quidditch website. The...

Second Inland Port Being Discussed

April 20, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by A. Crouch
port of charleston

Due to the success of the inland port in Greer, the S.C. Ports Authority is looking into opening a second facility. The SCPA is seeing an increased demand for a second inland port, due to the fact that since 2011, intermodal volume has increased 166 percent. Approximately...

Q&A | A Follow-Up Conversation with Trey Gordner, CEO of the Startup KOIOS

April 19, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Thakker
Trey Gordner receiving award

As Carolina Money celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, we decided to follow up with the first startup companies that we talked to one year ago, to learn about their progress. Last week, we spoke with Mike Meyers, CEO of Tradeversity , and this week, we caught up...

Tax Day is Fast Approaching: The Opportunities and Changes You Need to Know

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Park
tax forms

With Tax Day, Monday, Apr. 18, the filing deadline for IRS tax returns, growing closer with every moment--even with three extra days to get your taxes in, many may still have some questions regarding filing 2015 taxes. Carolina Money spoke with Rosemary Wright; a Senior...

Spirit Communications Park Welcomes Fans to Its Inaugural Game

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by A. Esselman
Entrance to Spirit Communications Park

Anticipation filled the air, as people milled around outside the stadium. The gates opened, and the pressure of all the months leading up to this moment was released. Spirit Communications Park was officially open for its first baseball game. Fans from all over came to...

Local Tech Startup, Tradeversity, Goes Through Rebuilding Process

April 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Tradeversity team meeting in a conference room

When trying to sell a few spare bookbags during college, Mike Meyers had what entrepreneurs call the “Aha!” moment. What if there was a safe and convenient website for the university community to buy and sell items to each other? In 2014, Mike Meyers and a team of fellow...

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