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5th Annual Small Business Week Conference
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Cente

 Don't miss out!!   Ticket price includes 2017 InnovateHER Pitch Challenge LUNCHEON!!
 

The SBA anticipates that cash prizes totaling $70,000 will be awarded to the three highest-rated contestants in the final round of the competition:
1st Place $40,000
2nd Place $20,000
3rd Place $10,000

InnovateHER Pitch Challenge APPLICATION
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

General Rules and History of InnovateHER Pitch Challenge
 

 

2017 Small Business Week Conference REGISTRATION and Event Sponsorship details here!

 

 

 

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Looking to access capital for your business?  Look no further....
Mayor's Access to Capital Resources...a financial resource for businesses in the Midlands
 

 

 

 

 


Ready to do business with the City?  Is your service or product right for us?
See what and how the City makes purchases. Procurement Resource Guide 
 

 

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ABOUT US

Small businesses drive the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over halfOBO JPEG OPPORTUNITY
of the nation's private workforce.  Yet small businesses also face many obstacles that stall or prevent their growth and development, including access to capital, effective marketing strategies, adequate accounting systems, and comprehensive business plans.

An opportunity is a chance for advancement and progress.  The Office of Business "Opportunities" (OBO) uses several economic development tools to provide creative business opportunities to address many of the obstacles that face small businesses. 

 


How We Do It?

The Office of Business Opportunities has three divisions that are designed to help meet the needs of small, minority and women owned businesses in the City of Columbia: (1) Commercial Lending; (2) Technical Assistance, Education and Advocacy; and (3) Contractor and Supplier Diversity.  Through these divisions, the City offers commercial loans, facade loans/grants, workshops and training, specifically for small businesses.
 

 

Check our Record

OBO JPEG CRLF ProfitUpThe OBO's return on investment to the City of Columbia cannot be rivaled.  During 2012-2014, the Facade Improvement Program for the North Main Corridor leveraged $289,398 in federal dollars to attract $369,121 in matching private investment, created 20 new jobs and retained 131 existing jobs, to help revitalize this gateway corridors leading into the Columbia's downtown.  During this same time period, additional private development along the corridor is valued at approximately $380,350.

In FY 2014/2015, the Commercial Revolving Loan Fund leveraged $742,500 in public dollars to attract $2,563,120 in private investment, creating and retaining 29 jobs.  Over 70% of these funds went to women-owned businesses and 25% went to minority-owned businesses.

 

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950

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