2018-05-11 / Business

Office of Small Business welcomes local business owners to Annual Small Business Week Conference

Contributed by City of Columbia


Mayor Steve Benjamin Mayor Steve Benjamin Nearly 200 small business owners gathered for the Office of Business Opportunities’ 6th Annual Small Business Week Conference May 3 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.

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.

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.

“Today's conference was a shining example of Envision Columbia focus area number five: Economic Prosperity Endless Possibilities,” said City Manager Teresa Wilson. “I’m very proud of our staff and the impact of this annual conference.”


Melissa Lindler, Office of Business Opportunities director Melissa Lindler, Office of Business Opportunities director This year’s workshops included:

• 5 Proven Strategies to Secure Corporate Partners

• Go Sell Something:

Creating a Process for Sales Success

• Crosslinking Anglo and Latino Markets

• The 4 C’s of Relationship Based Social Networking

• Promote Your Own Business at Little or No Cost

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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