City of Columbia partners with Richland Library for Entrepreneur-in-Residence program

July 11, 2022

The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities and Richland Library have collaborated for the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, which supports, mentors, and educates new entrepreneurs and budding start-ups through office hours and public programs.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence provides monthly business workshops, networking, and educational opportunities through partnerships with dozens of local business/industry leaders, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Business Opportunities (OBO), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), to create a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs.

The program also aims to connect entrepreneurs with peers who have successfully designed, launched and run a new business venture. The current resident for July and August 2022 is, Lasenta Lewis-Ellis. She will focus on Sidepreneurship (entrepreneurs spending 20 hours or less each week devoted to their business) and will assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lewis-Ellis will be hosting an event on Thursday, July 14, 2022, ‘Sidepreneurship: Carving Out a New Business While Working a Job’ at 6 p.m. and an event on Thursday, August 18, 2022, ‘Sidepreneurship — May I Pick Your Brain? at 6 p.m. To register for either event, visit

For more information about Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, visit