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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL VISION STATEMENT
#ENVISIONCOLUMBIA

By 2036, Columbia has captured the new American dream.  While embracing our 250-year rich history, we enthusiastically welcome the future.  We are proud of our soul, our unique character, our diversity, and our human potential.  We stand as a city for all people.  As a center of commerce, technology, and education, we have defined our city as one full of vitality and inclusion with a charming and cosmopolitan feel.  We will create our desired future. We will continue our success.

GOAL 1
Grow opportunities for entrepreneurship, business development and a skilled workforce to achieve a healthy economy
GOAL 2
Connect the City’s neighborhoods and business districts through cohesive land use, infrastructure development, and transportation planning
GOAL 3
Foster a healthy quality of life focusing on safety, culture, and recreation
GOAL 4
Collaborate and partner with entities within the Midlands region to become the state’s prime destination for residents, visitors, and businesses
GOAL 5
Provide high quality municipal services, efficiently, effectively, and responsively

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Office of Business Opportunities




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 2015-2017, the Facade Improvement Program for the Two Notch Road Corridor leveraged $214,750 in federal dollars and local funding to attract $60,650 in matching private investment.  This public-private collaboration allowed the  completion of 16 forgivable loan projects and 2 forgivable grant projects. These Facade Improvement Projects help revitalize this gateway corridor leading into Columbia's downtown. 

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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