Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is Looking for Interns!

This is a great internship opportunity for USC students! 

Job Title:  Events/Sales Intern (2 positions)
Employer Name:  Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism  
Work Schedule: Flexible  
Hours per Week: 20 hrs   
Wage/Salary: 10.00/hour  
Employment End Date: 06/29/2012
Reports To: Director of Events and General Manager of the Columbia Metropolitan
Convention Center  
Duties of Intern:      
Provides daily support for the Events/Sales Department and will assist with updating information for the Events/Sales Departments internal computer software booking system and diagramming system.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:  
  •  Involvement in updating the Events/Sales Booking Systems and Diagramming programs.
  •  Support the Events/Sales Department with supplying the client on a timely basis with needed  information and necessary paperwork
  •  Assist with communicating with the client(s), vendors, and exhibitors as needed.
  •  Assist with ensuring the setup of each event is complete according to the client’s instructions and agreements. Provide support for events on-site (radio, client assistance, coverage).
  •  Administrative support to other Events/Sales Department staff and General Manager.
  • Work a schedulebased shift.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Education Required for Internship:  
Interns must be able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner, gather and analyze information skillfully, maintains confidentiality, possess interpersonal skills, works ethically and with integrity, and possess sound and accurate judgment.  
Successful interns are required to have a GED or high school diploma—some college preferred. Prefer 12 years work experience in a professional office setting; demonstrated written and oral communication and presentation skills; availability to work evenings and weekends; excellent computer skills are needed—knowledge of convention industry –related programs preferred.  
Application Instructions:  
Submit resume and cover letter by email to or fax to 803.545.0028. This position will be posted through Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Resumes are due by 5:00PM on the closing date.   
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Building an Entrepreneurial Career

Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Ted Zoller challenges Stanford students to engage in entrepreneurship as a practice of action. Based on his research into dealmaker density and network development, Zoller details the power of seizing opportunities and the pathways to developing an entrepreneurial career.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kauffman Foundation's Latest Animated Sketchbook Celebrates the 'Maker' Spirit that Drives Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, 
discusses the joy of making something

In a new Kauffman Foundation sketchbook video titled "Make It Happen," Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, recalls the launch of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and says that hobbyists playing with new technologies have often led the way into hotbeds of a new industry. 

"I think that self-motivated spirit is what drives entrepreneurs, and we need to have it drive everyone," O'Reilly says. "Because if you do something useful, if you do something for love, some good percentage of those things will actually turn into a business. That's really the heart of entrepreneurship; wanting to make something happen."

The release of the latest Kauffman Sketchbook coincides with the Call for Makers for this year's Maker Faire: Kansas City at Union Station, June 23-24, 2012.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Innovative Side of Columbia

By Greg Hilton, Senior Project Manager, EngenuitySC
Some recent reports by our friends at the Kauffman Foundation have put South Carolina at close to the bottom in terms of entrepreneurial activity.  Their recent 2010 Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows South Carolina with an index of .23% which means for every thousand people, we had 2.3 individuals start new businesses.  Many people speculate that we’ve been in the game less than other places like Austin, Raleigh and Silicon Valley so naturally, we’re way behind.  Others point to the agricultural history as another reason.  

Columbia, especially, has a reputation of not being a hot bed of entrepreneurial activity.  Critics point to an economy dominated by public employment (government, higher education), a weak business community (that drives activity), and risk averse culture.  As with most other things, detractors point to our neighbors in Greenville and Charleston and cite their growing cluster of high tech startups.  They say that Columbia is not business friendly and that government is not supportive of small businesses.  They say that Columbia doesn’t have the depth and breadth of quality startups to attract investment capital to the region.  

The truth of the matter is that while there is always more that could be done, Columbia is no sissy when it comes to great startups.  In fact, the diversity of our economic base is one of the strongest elements that supports our entrepreneurial activities.

While we might have gotten into the game late, Columbia has the capacity to turn it up in the “kitchen of entrepreneurship”.  I see it everywhere I go.  From amazing life sciences startups like like Bridge to Life, Vitasol, and RhythmLink; to innovative insurance tech companies like Duck Creek Technologies, EagleEye Analytics and Trumbull Services .  RhythemLink was just recognized again as one of the fastest growing companies in the state.  Duck Creek was recently acquired by Accenture for upwards of $100 million some speculate.  Our friends at Sensor Electronic Technologies (SETi) just announced $20 million in new capital and an expansion of 150 jobs in Richland County.  Shall we go on???  

In fact, this ebbing culture of entrepreneurship is not just limited to high tech sectors. Columbia has always been an underrated city for the creative economy because in some cases its an undercurrent that you have to be a part of to fully appreciate.  However, if you went to Ignite 2011 this year, you got a taste for what our fair city’s creative entrepreneurs are capable of with Philippe Herndon of Caroline Guitar Co. and Katrina refugee Natalie Brown with Alternacirque. Nothing gets me more excited than when creativity and a desire to start something new collide.  In fact, I’d argue that we have one of the more entrepreneurial creative communities in the southeast...even in the nonprofit sector (where, by the way, thinking entrepreneurially is a must in tight times).    

So, to the detractors and nonbelievers...its time to take it to find something else to complain about.  For the inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurial spirits...its time to take it to the next level in Famously Hot Columbia, SC.  Everyone has a role to play in this game.  As the saying goes, “it takes a village...”.  

Greg Hilton is a Senior Project Manager for EngenuitySC. He leads EngenuitySC's involvement in entrepreneurial support and community development, manages EngenuitySC's involvement with the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, is a consultant to New Carolina's iTs|SC (insurance technology and services group), and is the former volunteer chair for the board of directors at Columbia Opportunity Resource | COR. Greg is dedicated to building innovative, entrepreneurial, and dynamic communities.