The City of Columbia implemented a 10% DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) goal in 2015. This year, to help us reach this goal, the Office of Business Opportunities is hosting a Women’s Business Opportunity Conference on March 29, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 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) hear from women owned businesses who have successfully obtained contracts with the city.
If you don’t have a product or service that the City purchases, we still have something for you. Mark your calendar for the Real Business Women of Columbia’s Pitch Competition later that day at 6:00 pm.
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Small businesses drive the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over half
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.
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The OBO's return on investment to the City of Columbia cannot be rivaled. During 2012-2014, the Facade Improvement Program for the North Main Corridor leveraged $289,398 in federal dollars to attract $369,121 in matching private investment, created 20 new jobs and retained 131 existing jobs, to help revitalize this gateway corridors leading into the Columbia's downtown. During this same time period, additional private development along the corridor is valued at approximately $380,350.
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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