Business & Economy

1 Million Cups Columbia S.C. Aims to Connect Entrepreneurial Community

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A couple of years ago, a group of entrepreneurs in the community had a sense that the entrepreneurial ecosystem was missing some regular connectivity. After hearing about a program developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups, the group decided to bring 1 Million Cups to Columbia in 2014, launching 1 Million Cups Columbia S.C.

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Big Changes for Carmike Locations in Columbia

By K. Thakker

Movie theater seats

AMC Entertainment Holdings has announced its merger with Carmike Cinemas. This means big changes for the two Carmike locations in the Columbia area.

According to Coladaily.com, the merger will be completed at the end of 2016 and is valued at $1.1 billion dollars. This will make it the largest chain of movie theatres in the country.

Private Dam Owners Face Repair Struggles After Flood

By K. Blackwell

23 S.C. roads still closed after historic flooding.

Hundreds of roads were washed out last year in historic flooding that hit parts of South Carolina, and while many of those roads are now open, roads that pass over washed-out privately owned dams are not. According to an article in The State, 23 roads are still closed, due to the fact that they run over privately owned dams that have yet to be repaired. In many cases, the dam owners are homeowner associations.  According to DHEC, none have submitted permit applications to be repaired, mainly because owners are struggling to figure out how to pay for the repairs.

Bee City, USA

Bee City

Located between Summerville and Walterboro, Bee City is a honeybee farm and petting zoo. Bee City's focus is to educate the public on the imprtance of honeybees. The petting zoo is a main attraction with animals from monkeys and lemurs to wallabies and llamas.

Millennials More Likely to Cohabitate Before Marriage: Crunching the Numbers

By K. Park

Couple buying their new home

Several studies in recent years have found that millennials are more likely than previous generations to live together and even buy a home before marriage. The Pew Research Center finds that while only 22 percent of millennials are married, compared to 29 percent of Generation X-ers in 1997, the percentage of young adults 18-29 living with a partner to whom they are not married has increased from 5.8 percent in 1997 to 9.2 percent in 1997. 

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