Interior Design: Top Seven 2013 Style Choices in Kitchens

 

By Jura Koncius April 12, 2013 The reign of the trophy kitchen is officially over. The dream kitchens of today aren’t about the sexiest six-burner range or the most exotic countertop material. As cooking has returned to center stage and remodeling budgets have sobered, the kitchen island is nurturing family togetherness and reviving casual entertaining.…

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Get Started!

 

By Ghost Gardener Columbia, SC April 12, 2013 Spring Fever is running rampant in the Midlands!  This common, seasonal affliction can drive the tidiest city-dwellers to dig in the dirt.   You see your personal landscape with a hopeful  eye and willing spirit to finally make some natural beauty happen in your yard. Ah, but even…

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The Art of Packing

 

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose April 12, 2013 Having flown more than 1 million miles, we’ve seen hundreds of hotels, rental cars, airplanes, trains, and cruise ships—and made just every travel mistake imaginable! After finding that we typically used only 60% of the items packed for any given trip, we resolved to formulate a…

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Wine Knowledge

 

By Robert Sox April 12, 2013  Do you assume everyone else knows more about wine than you?  Feel intimidated if the waiter hands you the wine list?  Well, relax.  You’ve got lots of company.  After years of talking to customers coming through my wine shop, I feel confident pronouncing that most people don’t know much…

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Southern Living Gets it Wrong…Again

 

By Ron Aiken April 10, 2013 On Tuesday, Southern Living magazine announced the winner of its The South’s Tastiest Towns contest for 2013, and the lucky locale was Durham, N.C. It’s OK to vomit now. Ten Southern culinary capitals were considered, and finishing behind Durham in the rankings were, in order of finish: Memphis, Asheville,…

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TheDailyGrace: Bending Time

 

By Cathy Rigg MonettiTheDailyGraceApril 12, 2013 It was a book I loved, a good read that tugged tugged tugged at me until it pulled me all the way under. I was so caught up in the story, in fact, I abandoned my own writer’s habit of highlighting the superb passages, accepting, for once, they’d still…

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A Healthy Heart

 

Columbia, SC April 12, 2013 97 Year-Old Heart Attack Survivor Beating the Odds When you walk through the door of the Providence Hospitals Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation facility, the rhythmic hum of treadmills and bikes greets you immediately. But unlike a typical workout facility, most of these participants have experienced a cardiac event such as bypass surgery,…

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How Did Columbia Become a Cool Food City?

 

By Tracie Broom Slow Food Columbia Board of Directors Columbia, SC April 12, 2013 Anyone who’s in on Midlands food culture can tell you: it’s blowing up around here. Our sustainability-minded chefs and food leaders are being featured on the Cooking Channel, in Town & Country, New York Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, US Airways Magazine,…

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Wordless News April 8, 2013

 

April 8, 2013 One headline per day, vowel and consonant free. Click here to see the related story. Click here for the post of the week.   Click here for the Wordless News.   About Maria Fabrizio   Maria Fabrizio is a designer and illustrator who believes smart ideas make beautiful work.   With an affection…

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Dear Debby and Jerry

 

Advice from Debby and Jerry on Dating in a New World April 12, 2013   Q #1-Dear Debby and Jerry, I’ve been thinking of joining an online dating site and have done some research and have finally decided on a site. My question is how do you write a profile? How long should it be…

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Chomp!

 

By Ron Aiken Columbia, SC April 12, 2013 Two Sushi Items You Never Order That Your Chef Is Most Proud Of By one of those happy accidents of spacial dynamics at Drip in Five Points, Shigeharu Kobayashi – cartoonist, dreamer, Columbia-Yeah! inventor, son of the owners of Camon Japanese Restaurant on Assembly Street and all-around…

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Sustainable Chefs Showcase!

 

By Ron Aiken Columbia, SC April 12, 2013 Indie Grits, the independent film festival put on by our very own Nickelodeon Theatre (South Carolina’s only non-profit art-house theater, by the way), is in its seventh year and continues to get bigger and better every year as it cements its status as a big-time regional event.…

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Palmetto Compress Warehouse: A Good Fit

 

By Temple Ligon April 11, 2013 Columbia’s airport is top of the line, especially for a city of its small size and especially for the low amount of passenger traffic. Columbians can be secure and proud of their airport facilities. Even the parking garage is first rate.  But what about surface travel? Who takes the…

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Josh Streetman, Head Bar Manager, Motor Supply Company Bistro

 

     Columbia, SC April 12, 2013    We visited Motor Supply Company Bistro on Gervais Street in Columbia to talk to Head Bar Manager, Josh Streetman, about recommending a great, Columbia, South Carolina spring cocktail.  Strawberries from Cottle Strawberry Farms starred in this fresh spring tequila cocktail. See how he make this in the…

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Admission Denied: Fey can’t carry comedy-romance

 

By Kevin Hyde April 12, 2013 The transcript for the new comedy Admission, which follows an emotionally tumultuous series of events for a university admissions officer, is pretty strong. The film is adapted from a recent, popular novel. Its two stars—Tina Fey and Paul Rudd—are likable and intelligent. Its director, Paul Weitz, has navigated similar…

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“About Us” – Key elements of the About Us section of your website

 

Deborah O’ConnorApril 8, 2013 Just about every website has an “About Us” page. This is where potential customers learn about you and your site. Readers visit this section for various reasons, so it is your responsibility to convert a visitor to a user. So what should be in your “About Us” section? When I first…

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The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

 

Deborah O’Connor April 2, 2013 I cannot emphasize the importance of sending a thank you note, in business as well as in your personal life. Simply put, it shows that you respect the person who did something kind for you. Whether it be a job interview, a gift you received, or just an act of…

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Introductions and Handshakes

 

Deborah O’Connor March 26, 2013 There are many rules that govern business introductions and proper handshakes and everyone should know the basics: Always rise when greeting someone. Both women and men should rise when someone new joins the group. If you are behind your desk, always rise and come around your desk to greet a…

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Tired of rudeness? Try these 9 steps to restore workplace civility

 

Deborah O’ConnorMarch 19, 2013 As a society, we are becoming more self-absorbed and self-centered and fail to consider how our behavior affects those around us. It’s not surprising that every survey on rudeness and incivility shows that we are becoming increasingly more rude and indifferent – trends that have found their way into the American…

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Business Dining Etiquette can make or break a deal

 

Deborah O’Connor March 13, 2013 Some of the most successful business meetings are conducted over lunch or dinner. Knowing how to dine with decorum can determine whether you get the contract for your company or the job of your dreams. If a potential client or boss sees that you can’t dine properly, they start to…

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What Do Employers Want in a Candidate? Integrity, for Starters

 

Deborah O’Connor March 4, 2013 What are employers looking for in a job applicant? In these tough economic times, that’s a question that business owners and job seekers both need to know the answer to. I recently spoke with several local business leaders to find out exactly what they want. Their answers shed some light…

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Am I on the Right Bus? How to avoid the $100,000 college blunder!

 

Without a father or mother in my life, there were no guides for me.  I was left to fend for myself.  Without much direction, I simply attended college because all my friends around me were attending.  And being poor most of my life and living on food stamps and government assistance, I knew I wanted…

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Workplaces all need rules

 

Deborah O’ConnorFebruary 25, 2013 How important is social strategy to your business? In today’s economic climate, it’s more important than ever. There are several key aspects of a social strategy that can help or hurt your business prospects – and it’s not always something that’s at the forefront of every manager’s mind. Here are a…

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Your social media use requires ‘netiquette’

 

It’s hard to imagine our lives today without email, texting, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Social media has forever changed the way we communicate with each other and there is no going back. But when did it become imperative that everyone is expected to be available 24/7? When did rudeness become a way of life? The…

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Considering Self-Publishing Your Book?

 

Longtime Publisher Offers Tips for Making Choices Self-published books have transformed both the reading and writing landscape, with hundreds of thousands of authors now eschewing traditional publishing routes. Once reserved for distribution to a writer’s close family and friends, these books are now respected as an affordable option with every bit as much potential for…

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2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam

 

December 5, 2012 – As 2012 comes to a close, it is time to put your employment and labor law knowledge to the test with Nexsen Pruet’s second annual final exam. We will send out answers to the exam in two weeks. But before we send out the answers, be sure to email your responses…

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Market Trends: A Three Minute video with Dan Mann of the Columbia Airport

 

MidlandsBiz sat down with Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, to talk about how the recent refinancing of $10M worth of revenue bonds to general obligation bonds will help the airport reduce costs by over $3.8M over the life of the loan ($250,000 a year). Cost cutting measures such as these help…

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Blogs Don’t Have to Be Tough – Part 1

 

By Dean Schuster, Experience Design Partner truematter Blogs can seem tough, but once standards are set and you get into the flow of things, they can be a great asset and extremely useful to your site. Certainly the blog is one of the best ways to expand a site, build corporate thought leadership and establish…

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A Conversation with David Lockwood – The Sale of the Bank of America Plaza

 

October 3, 2012 MidlandsBiz sat down with David Lockwood, Senior Vice President of Colliers International, to talk about how the sale of the Bank of America Plaza in Columbia to locally owned AgFirst Farm Credit Bank will affect the local commercial real estate market. AgFirst Farm Credit Bank is not only purchasing the building, they…

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Recruiting Big Talent in Small Metro Markets

 

Written By: Dean Schuster, Experience Design Partner truematter Geography has never been less relevant. Companies and individuals are now free to connect, grow, and advance in ways that weren’t possible before. Innovation can thrive anywhere. A company’s only limitation is simply finding the right talent for the right position. But for businesses rooted in smaller…

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White paper shows communication is key to wellness program success

 

By Steve Bygott Colonial Life August 20, 2012 Employers counting on wellness programs to bend the benefits cost curve must include strong communication plans in their strategy if they hope to achieve their goals. Those who shortchange this crucial step risk wasting their investment of precious resources in a tight economy.   That’s one of…

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How to Screen a Company for a Good Culture Fit

 

By Thomas J. Walter & Molly Meyer Perhaps you’ve heard about this phenomenon via television shows or movies.  Maybe you’ve read about it in books and articles.  Maybe your friends or family members have boasted experiencing it, but you’re still not convinced it’s real.  How does it feel to truly love the place you work,…

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Standardized People Won’t Win America’s Future

 

By Peter Weddle July 26, 2012 Since former President George W. Bush amped up standardized testing throughout the nation in 2002 with the No Child Left Behind Act, critics say results have been negative. The bottom line is that there is no clear correlation between standardized testing and the knowledge and skills kids will need…

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A Conversation with Steve Byrne, Executive Vice President, Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer of SCE&G

 

MidlandsBiz: First of all, tell us a little about the project. Steve Byrne: The story really begins several years ago when we as a company began projecting what our future electric generation needs may be. As we began analyzing growth trends in the state for our customer base, it became clear that demand for electricity…

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South Carolina’s Clean Tech Revolution Has Begun

 

Talking About a Revolution There is a revolution underway…one that is reshaping the way we fundamentally live our lives. While many definitions of clean technology exist, the one that I gravitate towards is technologies that harness renewable materials and energy sources or reduce the use of natural resources by using them more efficiently and productively. …

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SC Energy Policy and the Link to Job Creation

 

By John F. Clark, Director of the South Carolina Energy Office, a unit of the SC Budget and Control Board.  Globally, nationally and within South Carolina, energy is big business. In our small state alone, over $20 billion is spent every year on energy, and the figure is rising fast. Because South Carolina produces no…

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Homegrown Energy

 

Greg A. Thompson As world leaders descended upon Copenhagen this past December for energy talks, here in America the EPA signaled that the time for talking was over.  In their December 2009 endangerment finding, they determined that there is now compelling scientific evidence indicating that greenhouse gas emissions threaten the public health and welfare of…

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Our State of Energy

 

With worldwide electricity demand expected to double in the next 20 years, the need for safe, clean and reliable energy sources has never been greater.   Nuclear energy is experiencing renewed interest worldwide because it provides base load electricity in a safe, economical and reliable manner.   Nationally, nuclear power plants are operating at more than 90%…

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A Conversation with Norman Whitaker, President of the Central Midlands Council of Governments

 

MidlandsBiz: What are the origins of the Central Midlands Council of Governments?   Norman Whitaker: The Central Midlands Council of Governments (the COG) was founded in 1969 as an economic development district centered on an economic hub or growth engine such as in our case, Columbia. All 46 counties in the state of South Carolina…

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Greening Your Company to Improve the Bottom Line

 

Greening your business is quickly becoming a popular label many firms are pursuing to capitalize on the popular trend and positive press.  For some companies, it is a necessity out of consumer demand or the need to remain competitive, but it also provides an opportunity for you to not only survive in the current economy,…

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2010 and Beyond: Big Challenges for Commercial Construction

 

As we grow through great hardship, optimism becomes the feet of progress.        Author Unknown Merely three years ago, 2007 found our firm running to keep pace with construction demands – with full speed project planning, peak efficiency efforts, long-range design consulting, and on-going client meetings.  During this brisk business period, some of our largest concerns…

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Rediscovering downtown: An economic option for the future

 

For decades, suburbia has been the focus of growth and development in our cities.  Families moved out to the suburbs in search of better schools and bigger houses with two car garages. Life revolved around driving – everywhere. But as our suburbs mushroomed, our downtown areas declined. Over the past several years, there has been…

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Columbia's Commercial Real Estate: Have we reached the bottom yet?

 

Martin A. Moore, CCIM, SIOR Principal, CBRE The question that prevails in conversations on the economy and commercial real estate is Have we reached the bottom? The Columbia office market experienced erosion in occupancy and absorption through Year End 2009. The long anticipated relocation of SCANA Corporation’s headquarters to its new Cayce campus, leaving a…

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Four Year Buidling Permit Activity

 

Permit data includes Total Residential (single family and multi-family), Aditions/Repairs, and New Non-Residential Source: Central Midlands Council of Governments   For more information about the MidlandsBiz Market Trends partners, click on any logo below:

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Commercial Projects over $1M to year-end 2009

 

  ADDRESS                      OCCUR                          VALUE                           DESCRIPTION 420 Foster Brothers Dr Business  $28,791,907 Construct distribution facility – Home Depot Distribution Ctr 1000 Abberley Village Cir Multi-Family  $14,189,452 304 Unit Apartment Complex 2711 Colonial Dr Institutional  $10,545,974 Construction of 60,964 sf building for Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council 610 Kelsey Ct Business   $9,295,695 Construct distribution facility 1703 Taylor…

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