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Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities

The City of Columbia's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program ensures that disadvantaged businesses are able to fully participate in City procurement processes.

Columbia Empowerment Zone

Columbia Empowerment Zone

The Columbia Empowerment Zone encourages small business growth through a portfolio of ready-to-lease properties and qualified vacant properties for development.

Community Business Loans

SC Community Loan Fund

The SC Community Loan Fund offers a wide variety of Community Business Loan options to nonprofits, for profits, and municipalities across South Carolina.


Richland Library

Richland Library’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program provides support, mentoring and education for entrepreneurs and start-ups through office hours and public programs.

Export Incentives Program

South Carolina Department of Commerce

The South Carolina Department of Commerce offers support and incentives for small- and mid-sized businesses to begin exporting their products or to increase volumes.

FastTrac – Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College Center for Entrepreneurial Success

Looking for new insight into your business enterprise? FastTrac® NewVenture™ and FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ may be exactly what you need.



GrowCo is a collaborative partnership focused on sparking an explosion of entrepreneurial activity in Columbia, SC.


USC Office of Economic Engagement

The only ready-built leasable wet lab space available in Columbia, IdeaLabs offers a low-cost standard lab and wet lab space for researches and businesses in South Carolina.