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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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How do you gain traction in a trillion-dollar industry flooded with high-level competition? Cliff Wilson, CEO of The Centric Group, LLC believes narrowing your focus on specialized services is imperative to compete in any industry. “Discovering your niche is key. Learn which sectors of your …

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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…

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson's insurance company to provide $100 million in PPP loans for minority- and women-owned companies

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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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Mark Myers grew up watching the Bonanza television show and dreaming of becoming a cowboy. As an adult he was able to make that dream come true. Mark and his wife Sandra are the founders of the Black Cowboy festival, held annually in Rembert, SC.

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Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):

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The celebration of March as International Women's Month took a swift backseat with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the world and in our local Midlands environment. The only event that took place to mark International Women's Day before the halt of celebration activities was Gol…

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It’s no secret that money has a significant influence on our lives. While this is frequently made obvious in our daily routines, nothing underscores that sentiment quite like the current crisis. The emergence of COVID-19 has resulted in a societal spike of anxiety and fear, with many America…