Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration is an effort to create greater business relationships between South Carolina and Israel. Please join the Collaboration and MITA, the Midlands International Trade Association for “The South Carolina-Israel Experience: How the Midlands Can Benefit” from noon-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Columbia Marriott Hotel. Cost is $25 per person.
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event along with USC/Innovista, the Central South Carolina Economic Development Alliance and Parker Poe Law Firm. Featured speakers will include Jonathan Zucker, president of the Inter/Tech Group in Charleston and chairman of the collaboration; Tom Vogt, associate vice president for research at USC; Diane Weiner, director of business development for the Israeli company Healarium; and Tom Glaser, president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, formed in 2011, has already succeeded in raising our state’s profile in Israel and generating business and research relationships that are beneficial to both sides. A 26-person South Carolina delegation to Israel last November included a significant group from the Midlands, and another such economic development trip is being planned for 2012.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Entrepreneur and economic developer Greg Hilton sat down with the Don Herriott from USC Innovista to talk about the new Midlands Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation (CETI). The start up center will focus on providing a one-stop destination for all things entrepreneurial.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
By C. Grant Jackson
‘s announcement last month of a $5 million training grant from the was a win for Columbia’s insurance technology and services cluster.
The insurance technology and services cluster is a huge economic engine for the region. A study released last week by , the regional cluster organization, found that insurance technology and services has a $6.7 billion total annual economic impact in South Carolina. That represents 2.5% of the Gross State Product.
Most of that industry’s workers, about 15,000, are employed at firms in the Columbia cluster at an average salary of $62,000. The cluster’s total annual sales are $4.9 billion.
The study was conducted through Business in Motion, a joint project of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and the . The results were reviewed and estimates and data were validated by Joseph Von Nessen, research economist at .
The study, the first attempt to quantify the regional industry, delivered findings that bode well for continued growth of the industry. Of the companies surveyed:
§ 70% plan to expand locally in the next 12-18 months
§ 100% are expecting sales to grow over the next 12 months
§ 55% said they expect to increase their workforce in the next 18 months and 45% said they would at least maintain current levels....
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