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There are several business resources available in the City of Columbia. Please check out the links below for more information.

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Starting a Business

There are many factors that should be taken into account before opening your own business, and it is highly recommended that you thoroughly assess your idea and requirements before initiating the process. We can assist you by walking you through the process from start to finish and help troubleshoot any potential hurdles you may cross in getting your business up and running.


Growing Your Business

Supporting business growth and development is a core economic development function that helps to diversify and strengthen our local economy. 


Relocating a Business

Moving your business to Columbia can be the smartest decision your company makes.  Our City boasts a stable economy supported on all sides by business, education, government, and the military.


Residential Development

For 1 and 2 family zoning, permitting and construction within the City of Columbia.


Commercial Development

For Commercial and Multi-Family zoning, permitting and construction within the City of Columbia.


Office of Business Opportunities 

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. 


Purchasing Division

The City of Columbia's Purchasing Division has begun advertising the October 2015 SC Severe Storms & Flooding DR4241 competitive procurement opportunities. These procurement opportunities will be solicited for various commodities and services needed to support our disaster recovery efforts.  The deadlines for receiving responses to our solicitations will depend upon several factors including, but not limited to, the urgency of the needed item or service, the source selection method, the potential contract value, etc.    
The City of Columbia commits to using positive efforts in the procuring, contracting and hiring of disadvantaged and historically underutilized businesses and firms (small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses) in accordance with generally acceptable procurement standards and federal, state and local requirements.  All businesses interested in doing business with the City of Columbia are strongly encouraged to respond to our procurement opportunities.
Our competitive procurements for our Disaster Recovery needs will fall in two primary categories: 
Small Procurements (Simplified): Purchases and contracts for services established for goods and services with a potential contract value less than or equal to $25,000.00.  These small procurements will be posted on our website under “Procurement Opportunities” and will be solicited for a week or less.       
Large Procurements (Exceeds the Simplified Acquisition Threshold):  Purchases and contract for services established with a potential contract value in excess of $25,000.00.  Most of these competitive procurement opportunities will be available to be viewed on our website through our electronic bidding system, Bid Online, and bidder registration is required.  You must also be properly registered prior to the submittal deadline to respond to procurements over the Simplified Acquisition Threshold*
All interested prospective bidders and potential Respondents for both categories above are strongly encouraged to register through Bid Online.  Our database is also used as a resource tool to provide us with a listing of potential suppliers of goods and services to assist us with our citywide operations.     
In addition to our website and Bid Online, the large dollar valued procurements will also be advertised in the South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) newsletter.  If you have any questions, please contact the City of Columbia’s Purchasing Division at (803)545-3470.
To access Bid Online, visit the City of Columbia’s Purchasing Division page.
*The Simplified Acquisition Threshold as referenced in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 13.003 (b)(i) is $150,000.00.  Since the City of Columbia’s procurement thresholds are more stringent, $25,000.01 is the Simplified Acquisition Threshold for all flood related procurements.


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