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The magical night took place at The Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 10, 2021. As the crowd waited with excitement to see Vanessa Williams perform with the Colour of Music Orchestra, they enthusiastically embraced the opening act, The Auntie Karen All-Star …

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Monya Parker was born in Orangeburg and grew up in Columbia. She graduated from CA Johnson High School, University of South Carolina and a Masters from Strayer University. She recently released the first book of her trilogy entitled “Walking Through Divorce in Grace.”

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In today’s economy, the need for affordable housing has skyrocketed. That has fueled the need for specialists who can bridge the gap between people who need affordable housing and building owners seeking clients. One local expert filling this need is Evelyn Edwards, owner of Primary Property…

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Three Chamber organizations from across South Carolina jointly announced today that Bank of America has provided a $500,000 grant to launch a statewide Minority Business Accelerator program. This program will be led by the Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville Chambers and is set to launch in…

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The Carolina Panorama has launched a platform for the experts in their industries.  "This platform will allow business owners to showcase their knowledge and company.  Be the expert in their industry," Says Nathaniel Abraham, Jr.  Publisher.  

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The Hills Management Group (also known as HMG) has come back with some updates to better help the community with all their printing needs. In 2015, they were established as a full service, stand alone print shop. Now they have come out with some mobile printing sites to add to the business.

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Harlem’s Closet was established in 2017 by like-minded sneaker friends Kenneth Joyner, Tresban Rodgers and Andrew Davis. The shop held its grand opening on August 14, 2021 in downtown Columbia.

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On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Diane Sumpter, President and CEO of DESA, Inc., represented small and minority business owners on a virtual roundtable discussion with President Joe Biden. During the discussion, Sumpter said that it’s clear that vaccines are the path back to normal, and the sm…

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In a recent announcement by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, South Carolina officially has the lowest recidivism rate in the country. In a press conference, Director of SC Department of Corrections, Bryan Stirling, credits the herculean efforts by SC wardens, cabinet agencies, a…

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“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear.” - Nina Simone. This quote is very dear to visual to this article’s featured youth entrepreneur, Najee Reese. Najee is a self-taught visual artist from Hopkins, South Carolina. This 22-year-old mother of one has been blessed to focus on her art …

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I Won’t Starve Academy, a Midlands 501c3 nonprofit agency is gearing up for its one-year anniversary celebration. Sunday, July 25th, 2:00 pm, at the Eau Claire Print Building, I Won’t Starve Academy will celebrate one year with a Community Give Back and Food Drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank.…

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“I was born in God’s heart and I will die in his arms” are the lines from the poem entitled “Peace” that this month’s Auntie Karen "Think Big Know Bigger" Success Story wrote when she was just four years old. Today, Acecily “Ace” Alexander is the owner of A.C.E Social Media, and founder of A…

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Nothin’ But Wings, a family owned and operated contemporary restaurant in Columbia, began as an idea back in 2018 by its two owners, Kimberly Cannon and Tyrone White. On August 1, 2020, the restaurant opened in North Columbia.

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Columbia residents can now capture the perfect selfie at Selfie Mania, Columbia’s first selfie museum. The 2,500 square foot venue held its grand opening on Saturday, June 5 at its Columbia Place Mall location (second floor directly across from Macy’s).

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May 8th is the Grand Opening of "Zs Cool Me Down," a new local Ice Cream and Italian Ice Restaurant at 6729 Two Notch Road in the Two Notch Plaza.

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American Rescue Plan – Small Business Input Requested by the City of Columbia  Small business community, how is COVID-19 impacting your business? The City of Columbia understands that our business community continues to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and our local leaders…

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On January 14, 2021, Dr. Sheila Belton-Gaymon and Dr. Sandra Randolph declared Ivy Health Solutions, LLC open for business. Ivy Health Solutions, LLC is a nurse practitioner-owned and operated primary care clinic located in the medical office building at 4100 North Main Street in Columbia, SC.

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Transportation has come a long way in the last decade. Rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft have been on the rise. People who don’t have cars or just want to get to and from their destination use these companies to navigate through the cities and even travel outside of their towns. The n…

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This month’s Auntie Karen "Think Big Know Bigger" Success Story features jewelry makers Nia Diggs Kai & Sprig's Creations.

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Ronnie Timmons is a father, husband, and business owner. He is also the epitome of what it means to defeat the odds that are meant to destroy a person. Since 2008, Mr. Timmons has faced and overcome trials of many kinds, with the first being with his business, Ronnie’s Ribs.

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Talented people need a place to perform and show off their talent. On a national level, shows such as American Idol, The Voice and Showtime at the Apollo provide a platform for rising talent.

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American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Women Connecting Women Chapter of Newberry County salutes member, Honorable Jackie Holmes. ABWA’s mission is to provide leadership, education, networking opportunities and recognition to members on a local and national level.

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LaDon Mathews has been in the event planning business for 14 years. His career began with planning events for family and friends and eventually drew the attention of people in the community. Mathews realized the potential of his event planning services and decided to turn his talents into a …

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The Claflin University Center for Social Justice, in partnership with Claflin University’s First Lady LaKisha Warmack, the Freshman College, SC Humanities Council, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, will host “Social Justice Author Series – A Morning with Dr. Danielle Allen” on Tuesday,…

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Clinton College has announced the hiring of alumnus Dee Frazier as the college's next athletic director and head men's basketball coach. Frazier comes to Clinton College from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where he served as the assistant coach of the men's basketball team.

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This time last year, the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 forced us to cancel our Founders' Day events, including the highly-anticipated Sneaker Ball. While Clinton College as a campus community continues to practice social distancing, we want to safely and virtually come together with our C…

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U.S. House Majority James E. Clyburn announced that the National Park Service (NPS) will add four South Carolina resources to the African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN). The Waverly Historic District, St. George Rosenwald School, Harden Street Substation and Equalization Schools Websi…

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During Black History Month, it is very important to shine a light on the businesses that are prominent in the Black community. Barbershops have been a staple in the black community for many years, and SportsTalk Barbershop has followed the trend.