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Fashion Stylist & Entrepreneur, Kenaia Grayson is excited to announce the launch of her designer shoe with national shoe company, Aldo Shoes Inc. In October 2021, Aldo Shoes held a contest searching for a shoe design collaboration. Kenaia Grayson entered the competition at the end and wo…

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Lisa Weston is the owner of Columbia’s Keon’s Billionaire Bistro & Lounge, located on 655 St. Andrews Road Suite 67. The family-run business officially opened in March 2022 and has seen its successes grow since opening. However, the story behind the business is much deeper - it is a stor…

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As we enter a new month, please remember that there will be multiple Juneteenth Celebrations being held across the Midlands. Here is a current list of local celebrations:

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A huge crowd traveled to the small town of Rembert, South Carolina to enjoy the 25 annual Black Cowboy Festival. People from up and down the East Coast, and from as far away as California, enjoyed the 3-day event.

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On May 4, 2022, the Greater Des Moines Committee inducted South Carolina native Dr. Angela Walker Franklin into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. Also inducted were William “Bill” Lillis and Mike Wells as the 2021 inductees to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. The Iowa Business Hall of Fame hono…

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Prisma Health will present WellFest 2022, a free health and wellness event, as a live virtual experience on Friday, May 20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and more on-demand educational sessions Saturday, May 21. The keynote presenters for the event are the Chicago-based Twin Docs, twin sisters who are physi…

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City of Columbia and Columbia Chamber representatives welcomed Columbia’s newest seafood restaurant with a grand opening on April 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. Long-time friends Delane Garner and David Sambrone-Darkins own the restaurant, which is a franchise location of the Houston-based company Krab…

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For over 125 years, Americans have had a love affair with their vehicles. Cars are one of the most expensive purchases most Americans make -- and one of the most personal. Cars are not just a form of transportation, it is also a means of self-expression. Many people express who they are thro…

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In 1902, the Physicians Mutual Insurance Company was formed to provide health insurance to physicians and surgeons across America. Over the years, the company’s leaders realized that people from all walks of life deserve the same level of insurance that doctors receive. The company believes …

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The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE hereafter) in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT hereafter) will be hosting a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE hereafter) certification workshop on Thursday, March 24th in the airport’s Carolina Room from 9 a.m…

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Harlem’s Closet and In the Mix will be hosting a Black Owned Business Pop-Up Shop on March 26, 2022. The public is invited to celebrate this occasion and to experience the business pop-up experience firsthand. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. at 514 Gervais Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29…

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The global pandemic devastated the restaurant industry. The restaurants that survived had to make major changes to adapt. A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen was no exception. The restaurant transformed itself to a take-out only restaurant and while operating a food truck.

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Harlem’s Closet and In the Mix will be hosting a Black Owned Business Pop-Up Shop on March 26, 2022. The public is invited to celebrate this occasion and to experience the business pop-up experience firsthand. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. at 514 Gervais Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29…

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Tyra Jefferson; 2-time Food Network Alum, the Owner/CEO of Tyra’s BIG World of Flavor, LLC, President of Young CEOs & Leaders of Tomorrow, and a Young Entrepreneur has been chosen to participate in the 2022 class of Disney Dreamers Academy. Tyra, along with 100 other United States partic…

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It would stand to reason that if you‘re in the business of lifting up, whatever or whomever you’re lifting will experience improvement in their situation. When Kevin and Tammy Wimberly discussed how they wanted to give back to the community and decided to start a non-profit, the name was jus…

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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.