Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting with the Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force, which is comprised of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials, on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am to further discuss the most effective methods to successfully reopen business while keeping public safety first responders, front line employees and all people of Columbia safe.   Members of the media…

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City of Columbia Releases Second Survey Results Aimed to Reopen Local Businesses

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The City’s Economic Development Department conducted a survey to better understand the implementation of safety measures and how protocols help increase both the reality and perception of a safe local shopping environment. With crucial feedback from local business owners, City staff were able to make informed decisions as Columbia businesses continue to reopen. Economic Development received almost 300 responses from business owners and leaders who took the time to fill out the survey. The thoughts…

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City of Columbia Awards $1.4 million to 323 Locally Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Closures as Part of a Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan

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Recognizing the enormous financial impact on local businesses resulting from drastic operational changes and closures due to the COVID-19 containment and social isolation measures, on March 20 Columbia City Council unanimously passed A Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan provides forgivable loans offering short-term financial relief to small businesses, located within the corporate limits of Columbia, impacted by a loss of revenue because of COVID-19 containment and safety efforts. “The foundation of Columbia’s economic…

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City of Columbia to resume enforcement of on-street meter parking and off-street parking facilities

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Upon the onset of COVID-19 in March, 2020, Columbia’s Parking Services Division quickly reacted as one of the first cities to suspend parking operations in support of social distancing, as well as the anticipated economic impact to our local businesses & community. This suspension included gates being raised at City Parking facilities, as well as complimentary on-street parking. Parking Services will continue to support and review the parking needs of our community as we all begin…

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Important Information from the City of Columbia Business License Division

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The Business License Division remains closed to the public until further notice to protect citizens and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community. Please note the important details below regarding our services: The 2020 business license renewal deadline has been extended from April 15 to May 15.  All in-city businesses must submit a copy of their 2019 IRS Tax Return and paid Business Personal Property Tax receipt along with the 2020 business license renewal…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Friday, May 15 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials on Friday, May 15 at 11:00 am to further discussion of ideas on the logistics and timetable to ease social distancing and reopen businesses. Members of the media and public will be able to view the meeting via livestream on the City of Columbia’s Website and YouTube page. Contact:…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Midlands Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Friday, May 8 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials on Friday, May 8 at 11:00 am to discuss ideas on the logistics and timetable to ease social distancing and reopen businesses. Members of the media and public will be able to view the meeting via live stream on the City of Columbia’s Website and YouTube page. Contact: Skot…

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City of Columbia Releases Second Survey Aimed at Reopening Local Businesses

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With the announcement of South Carolina reopening, the City of Columbia released the Resilient Columbia Business Reopening Survey to seek input from local business owners and managers.    The survey will assess the timeframe of reopening and new enhanced safety protocols. This information is vital to understanding what practices are being implemented so the city can begin to time the promotion for a more widespread opening of our local business community.    Business owners and managers are…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Midlands Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Friday, May 1 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials on Friday, May 1 at 11:00 am to discuss ideas on the logistics and timetable to ease social distancing and reopen businesses. Members of the media and public will be able to view the meeting via live stream on the City of Columbia’s Website and YouTube page. Contact: Skot…

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City of Columbia Awards More Than $999,750 to 220 Locally Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Closures as Part of A Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan

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Due to success of the economic plan, in today’s meeting, Columbia City Council added another $400,000 to the program. Recognizing the enormous financial impact on local businesses resulting from drastic operational changes and closures due to the COVID-19 containment and social isolation measures, on March 20 Columbia City Council unanimously passed A Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan provides forgivable loans offering short-term financial relief to small businesses, located within the corporate limits of…

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