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​Office of Business Opportunities Welcomes Nearly 200 Local Business Owners
Posted: May 04, 2017

Office of Business Opportunities Welcomes Nearly 200 Local Business Owners
to 5th Annual Small Business Week Conference
 
Nearly 200 small business owners gathered for the Office of Business Opportunities’ 5th Annual Small Business Week Conference today at the Columbia Metropolitan Center. Through workshops, guest speakers and networking, entrepreneurs got a chance to connect with innovative business leaders, who shared their insights, best practices, and tricks of the trade.
 
OBO Director, Tina Herbert said, “we want to give them [small business owners] the tools that they need to be sustainable.” She also added, “The City of Columbia really wants to make sure that our small, minority, women and local businesses understand how important they are to our economy. So, we are going to continue to do all that we can do to make sure that we are creating a supportive environment.”
 
The Small Business Week Conference helped small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs alike take their business to the next level. This annual conference covered the minor details that help small businesses grow.
 
“The event has been very helpful to me and my company because its educational, it tells us where we are and if there are certain places that we need to grow,” said Kimberly Price, President and CEO of Clean Metro, Inc., “events like this is what we need to build our confidence.”  
 
Through the City of Columbia’s Small Business Week Conference, the Office of Business Opportunities highlighted the impact of the city’s outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners.
 
This year’s workshops included:
  • Six Ways to Build Your Business Pipeline
  • Protect Your Business and Other Assets
  • Strategies for Growing Your Profit
  • Marketing Don’ts for Small Businesses
  • Small Business Ownership and Franchising
The Small Business Week Conference also included the InnovateHER pitch challenge. InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace.
 
To learn more about the Office of Business Opportunities and upcoming events, please visit columbiasc.net/obo or call (803) 545-3950.
 
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