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    Social Media Coordinator at ByFarr

    Chesson Merritt

    Chesson is a Columbia native that loves to share her passion about all things local through her writing and photography. She enjoys exploring the South, one craft brewery at a time, with her husband and daughter and running local 5k races. You can spot her behind the lens of a camera, cheering on Clemson, or biking around Kiawah Island. At ByFarr, she creates social media content and works with clients to tell their stories.

    Thank you to our Small Business Champions!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champions—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Nephron, and WP Rawl. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Expanding Nephron’s physical footprint and community reach

    “After the COVID vaccines came out, I said to my husband that we have to do it,” said Lou. “Can we fill vaccines and be a helper to COVID? If we can, it’s our American duty to do just that. It wasn’t in our schedule and it wasn’t in our forecast. They are just ideas that have popped up and we have embraced each opportunity as it comes along.”

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    Summer Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    “Our rivers are an amazing recreational asset to our communities and provide so many opportunities,” said Bill Stangler, Riverkeeper. “There’s fishing, paddling, tubing, birdwatching, nature photography, and more..."

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    Authentic: Sue Doran

    “I think it’s important for people to remember that this is something we want you to consider at home with your meals, and with your children’s meals, and your children’s schools,” she explains. “How can we eat more plant based, and less animal-based, in every segment of our lives? Because it’s good for our health, and it’s good for the environment.”

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    Thank you to our Small Business Champion!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    "...for many people, the pandemic has also been a reason to explore the outdoors more, and gain a new appreciation for our natural resources and the need to protect them.”

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    Fresh Face: Tulip Boutique

    “I spent the better part of my life believing that dreams are just that… dreams. Shame on me,” Suzie explains. “My path to this second act has taught me gratitude and given me peace and strength to follow those dreams."

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    Authentic: Mayor Steve Benjamin

    "We will make sure that we work together to build a city that our younger generations can continue to be proud of and excited about. A place they can trumpet to their friends wherever they go off to, and when they are able to make their own choices, Columbia will at least be one of the top options for them."

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    Your 2020 Digital Gifting Guide.

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    Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Authentic: Megan Pinckney

    “I love how close-knit Columbia is as a community,” Megan said. “My fiancé and his family are from Columbia, and his family has been here for generations. They have family friends that they have known for generations, and I think that’s so unique. It makes you realize how special this town is and makes you want to raise a family here.”

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    Social Mission: Home Works of America

    Learn more about our 2020 Social Mission Partner: Home Works of America

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