Minority Business Opportunity Conference 2018:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The City of Columbia implemented a 10% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal in 2015. This year, to help us reach this goal, the Office of Business Opportunities, is hosting a Minority Business Opportunity Conference on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration is required.

This conference will: 
(1) educate vendors on the purchasing process at the City;
(2) provide vendors with the opportunity to meet with purchasers representing various city departments, and;
(3) advise vendors how to become a certified DBE

Want to know if this event is for you? Check out the list of items that we purchase. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Deadline April 2, 2018)

See you there!

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Contractors!  Apply NOW for Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Status

Is your business:
1)  Located within the Columbia-Orangeburg-Newberry Combined Statistical Area (CSA)
2)  A Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Below are the City's CDBE Policy and Program Guidelines.  Please take a look and contact us to begin your qualifying process.

Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Policy
Commercial Non-Discrimination and Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Utilization Policy
Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Program Guidelines

That's all it takes to qualify for CDBE Status - it's that simple!  LET'S GET STARTED 

City of Columbia's 6th Annual
Small Business Week Conference

EVENT DATE:  Thursday, May 3, 2018 

Leading the Change: Assets, Options, and Opportunities

Small Business Week is a national movement started by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to honor America’s entrepreneurs. The City of Columbia is fully committed to supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through the City of Columbia’s Small Business Week Conference, the Office of Business Opportunities highlights the impact of the city’s outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

This conference promises to be a unique opportunity to network with small, medium, and large business owners throughout the midlands, city and county officials, and an awesome line-up of presenters with a wealth of information for every business owner, from the “aspiring” entrepreneur to the “mature” business owner that has proven that it can stand the tests of time.  This year we are focusing on moving small businesses from sustainability to profitability. 

Early Bird Pricing Available Until March 31, 2018!!!


Small Business Week:  Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors Information

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