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The coronavirus pandemic and the great recession that it caused has been devastating to businesses worldwide. That has been especially true when it comes to Black-owned businesses. According to a report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 41 percent of Black-owned businesses—some 44…

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Picture this ideal family scenario where a child follows in their parent’s footsteps, takes over a family business, and continues their parent’s legacy. With Dr. Kendall Miller and Dr. Willie Miller, this ideal scenario has happened in real life. Dr. Kendall Miller, son of Dr. Willie Miller,…

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The key to surviving in business is learning how to adapt to challenging situations. Thomas K. Anderson, owner of Potter’s Computer Systems, is a survivor.

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The myth says, a rose that grows from concrete is admired, not because of its beauty, but because of the incredible odds it overcame in order to blossom.

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Sheldon Ferguson is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, international recording artist and multi-platinum selling producer. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Sheldon currently calls Atlanta, Georgia home. His music has sold in over 70 countries and made it into the Top 10 on the Smooth Jaz…

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This is a collection of Minority Owned Business Spotlight sponsored by MBDA.  Each Month the MBDA Center will highlight a minority own business in the Carolina Panorama to encourage business economic for the companies.

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A famous businessman once said, "The purpose of a business is to create a customer who creates customers." Providing great customer services is the best way to build a business that lasts.

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Hip Hop and Soul Music Legend Angie Stone said she had never seen a hustle and grind so intense in over 30 years when talking about TiffanyJ. TiffanyJ (no space between Tiffany and J) describes herself as an Inspirational personality, soul artist, author, and entrepreneur. This blessed talen…

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Scrambling last minute to find a way to pick-up a great deal you’ve seen at a store, Craig’s List or Facebook Market Place?

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Brittany McCorkle saw a need for new treats here in Columbia, SC, and decided to bring a new meaning to ‘sweet tooth’. She is the owner of the Lick Ice Cream Creamery and works alongside her mother/co-owner, Gwen Barton, to offer a variety of treats to customers from all over.

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Columbia native Brandon C. Johnson has always had three loves: clothes, cars and food. A 1998 graduate of Ridge View High School, his entrepreneurial interests have been focused on those three areas.

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Many of the world’s most success people have built businesses around the things that they love. Locally, one such person is Darius Johnson, owner of Noelle Catering and Groove Smoothie & Juice Bar. DJ, as he is called by friends, has combined his love of music and food into a thriving en…

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Allen University hires Anika Cobb as the director of marketing and communications. Cobb will be responsible for developing and implementing the long-term marketing and communications strategy for Allen's brand. Additional duties and responsibilities include cultivating and managing all socia…

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Over the past few months, South Carolinians have been busy searching for financial relief anywhere they can find it. In addition to those who have welcomed tax refunds and stimulus checks, some people have been busy searching their sofa cushions, playing the lottery and even raiding their pi…

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Jessica Pringle’s fashion-loving journey began when she was just a young girl who had a keen eye for the most stylish items when shopping with her mother. Particularly as a shoe shopaholic, she decided one day that she could brand herself and start her own company. That decision has now led …

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Entrepreneur magazine defines a serial entrepreneur as an individual who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts new businesses. That is a perfect description of Raquel Thomas, owner of The Gold Den in northeast Columbia. At one point, she was launching new and diverse businesses eve…

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In western Africa, a griot is a person a storyteller, a person who keeps and disseminates oral history and information. The griot tradition is also alive and well in America. Although griots were traditionally male, in America there are women who could be considered griots. One such person i…

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Finances are an essential component to continue educational careers. Even in the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest, there are organizations that seek to provide resources and tools to assist future leaders with accomplishing educational exploits.

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In the heart of downtown Orangeburg, SC, Thee Matriarch Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests from all over with its charm and southern hospitality. Innkeepers Chef Fred and Rachelle Jamerson Holmes manage the 100 year-old home, offering lodging, event spaces, and full service catering. With 1…

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Converspace’s founder, Tamika S. Washington, has officially kicked off final registration for the 2020 Start Up Virtual Summit to be held virtually on May 23, 2020. The 2020 Speaker Line Up includes Michelle D. Garrett of Divas with a Purpose; Marcia Brown of Behold Media Group; Lashay Price…

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Few businesses have been hit harder by the Coronavirus outbreak than full-service restaurants. These businesses require large crowds to remain profitable, and large gatherings were expressly prohibited by government shutdown orders.

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The Bronner Bros Int’l Beauty Show (BB) announced the launch of the BB Beauty & Barber Fund to provide relief to licensed cosmetology professionals who have not been able to work or are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The collaborative effort will help supp…

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The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter will present information to small business owners regarding ways they can safeguard the health of their business during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session aligns with the organizations commitment to promote economic empo…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the importance of local news to communities especially during crisis situations. From sharing critical, time-sensitive information on the pandemic to asking tough questions to community leaders, local news organizations play a critical role in keeping comm…