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Through a multi-year grant from Bank of America, programs that help address the region’s issues around economic opportunity and racial equality will be able to scale, helping even more people in our local community. The Columbia Urban League has been named as the 2021 Bank of America Neighbo…

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The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASC) presented Michael Allen, AIA, founder and CEO of MOA Architecture, the 2021 Social Justice Award during the annual meeting held virtually on Dec. 9. Allen was recognized for his work to eliminate inequities in the bui…

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Kiara Streater has successfully built a name, not only for the company that she founded but also for herself. One of the most influential women entrepreneurs in the nation is Kiara Streater, who has received tons of recognition and awards since she entered the business world.

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When Richmond, VA native Cassandra Edwards relocated to Columbia, SC over 16 years ago, she never imagined that she'd be retiring from her beloved career at just 40 years old. But her love for the industry has not ended, it has simply transformed.

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WOW Productions & One7evenOne Productions has taken a leap from live plays to streaming. When faced with a shutdown of live productions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the talented duo launched their latest production as a streaming video series on Youtube. Secrets in Plain Sight Limite…

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Sai Williams and Eli Wright are the owners of The Toasty Hotspot LLC, a breakfast and brunch restaurant that opened in downtown Columbia at 1305 Lady Street. On November 22, they will celebrate six months in business.

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Last month, we launched our first Business Spotlight interview. We interviewed Natalie McKinnie, owner of the Natalie McKinnie Agency, which specializes in property insurance. You can watch the interview at www.CarolinaPanorama.com.

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South Carolina Ports’ Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal has been named 2021 South Carolina Project of the Year by the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. According to economic stats provided by Richland County Sen. John Scott, the terminal is projected to have an ann…

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Auvanette Tolbert is the Founder and CEO of Shuzzz. Shuzzz is a ladies shoe boutique that came about when Ms. Tolbert was in prison. She was one of the inmates picking up trash on the side of the road and needed a pair of shoes because the ones she had were covered with holes.

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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).