Office of Economic Development logoThe city that your business is rooted in can make a big impact on its success. Are there resources available to help you thrive? How deep is the pool of potential employees? Is it a good place to work? How are the neighborhoods?

There are many resources in place to help find out answers to these questions, and our office is always here to help as well. We have local partners that can provide assistance, as well as those at the city, state, regional, federal and education levels.


  • Central SC Alliance
     Central SC Alliance promotes the Central South Carolina region to stimulate economic expansion and job creation here.

  • City Center Partnership
     Downtown’s 36-block Business Improvement District is managed by the City Center Partnership, offering public space management, economic development, marketing and public advocacy.

  • Columbia CVB logoColumbia CVB
     The CVB promotes the development and marketing of our city. At the heart of it all, you may have heard that they’ve tagged Columbia as “Famously Hot.”

  • Columbia World Affairs Council
     This nonprofit organization connects international activities to the midlands of South Carolina.

  • Columbia Chamber logoColumbia Chamber
     The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is an active and trusted resource for local, regional and national business.

  • Engenuity, SC
     This nonprofit is focused connecting the Midlands by creating collaborations and high-energy experiences to make the area more competitive.

  • IT-ology logoIT-ology
     Technology is shaping the world – and this company is expanding the IT professionals in South Carolina in an effort to continue advancing technology.

  • Midlands Education & Business Alliance
     MEBA connects students, parents and educators to career and business opportunities through partnerships, training and other resources.

  • Richland County logoRichland County, SC
     Columbia is the county seat in Richland County, and we work together with the county team to bring opportunities to the area.



  • USC/Columbia Technology incubator logoUSC/Columbia Technology incubator
     This business incubator is the center of technology startups and entrepreneurs in Columbia, helping to nurture start-ups to help them survive.

  • Innovista Research District
     The Innovation District is the physical campus of Innovista. It is designed to be an office and business playground for entrepreneurs, giving access to skilled workforce, research, partnerships and more.

  • Benedict College Business Incubator logoBenedict College Business Incubator
     This program at Benedict College is designed to assist small businesses through all stages of development.

  • Benedict College Business Development Center
     This business development center housed at Benedict College focuses on the development needs of small and minority businesses.

  • Midlands Tech logoMidlands Tech
     MTC is a technical college that offers hands-on experience and a range of programs to equip students to be work-ready.

  • Allen University
     A private Christian liberal arts school and Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Allen University was initially started to educate newly freed slaves and now offers numerous programs and degrees.

  • Columbia College logoColumbia College
     Columbia College offers courses focused on leadership development and career preparation.





  • US Chamber of Commerce
     The U.S. Chamber of Commerce advocates pro-business policies to create jobs and increase economic growth.

  • US Department of Commerce
     The U.S. Department of Commerce strives to expand progress in five key business goals, including: trade and investment, innovation, environment, data and operational excellence.

  • US Economic Development Administration
     Through innovation and regional collaboration, the EDA establishes a foundation for job growth and the building of stable regional economies nationwide.

  • US Small Business Administration
     The SBA focuses on business financing, entrepreneurial development and government contracting while being the voice for small businesses throughout the nation.