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City of Columbia set to host the 11th Annual Small Business Week Conference

Columbia, South Carolina – The City of Columbia is getting ready to host its 11th Annual Small Business Week Conference, an event that is expected to emphasize the entrepreneurial spirit of Columbia. The event, set to take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, is an excellent opportunity for local business owners and entrepreneurs to meet each other, learn, and grow.

This year’s conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia Greystone located at 200 Stoneridge Drive and it promises an engaging set of activities. The event is organized by the Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) as a key part of their goal to help small local businesses grow. Attendees should expect a lot of resources that will help their businesses and networking possibilities.

Dr. Stephanie Kirkland of Identity Dynamics, LLC will be the keynote speaker at the much-anticipated event. Dr. Kirkland is well-regarded for her expertise in organizational leadership and personal development, and she is poised to offer valuable insights into the dynamics of successful business practices.

Besides keynotes, attendees can look forward to a variety of breakout sessions that will teach and inspire them on a range of topics that are relevant to modern business strategies. These workshops will let people learn in a practical manner while being supervised by trained pros.

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A vendor showcase is also part of the day’s events, which can help businesses get more attention in the local market. Business owners are welcome to show off their products and services and make new business connections.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is planning an awards ceremony to honor successful local companies that will take place at the conference. They will also hold a matchmaking session, which is a smart meeting place for businesses looking for partnerships or new clients.

Contact Kalenna Ginyard, OBO Program Compliance Specialist, at (803)545-3950 or send an email to OBO@columbiasc.gov for more information.

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Tickets cost only $35.00 until April 15th, after which they will cost $50.00.

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