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    Experience Columbia

    Experience Columbia SC's mission is to drive economic impact to our local community by marketing and selling the region as a premiere destination for meetings and conventions, trade shows, special events, sports, and leisure travel.

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    Authentic: Ija Monet

    "I like working large," Ija said. "The bigger the project, the better. Murals, busses, it doesn't matter to me."

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    Social Mission: Able South Carolina

    When it comes to advocating for disability rights and justice, Able South Carolina is not only leading the charge in our state, but their efforts are also causing major ripple effects nationwide and beyond.

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    City of Art

    There are an abundance of theatre productions, live music performances, and art displays for all to enjoy. Dive into the variety of fantastic ways to appreciate the coming of autumn here in our Capital City!

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    Plan a Soda City Picnic Day

    It’s the perfect time of year to spend an afternoon outside! Here are four picnic ideas for you to enjoy, complete with locations and what to pack in your basket.

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    Columbia’s Tastemakers

    Does your ideal dinner out include a stop along Main Street for drinks on a rooftop bar before dining at a Cajun-Creole restaurant in the shadow of the South Carolina State House? Or are you looking for a farm-to-table experience followed by an early evening at a local craft brewery?

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    Fig Authentic: TEC Grills

    Located just a few miles from the heart of downtown Columbia sits the main office and plant for Thermal Engineering Corporation, also known as TEC. Founded in the 1960s, by William “Bill” Best, TEC has been pushing the boundaries of infrared heating technologies ever since.

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    Giving Back: Able South Carolina

    At Able South Carolina, the term “independent living” represents more than just a collection of services they provide their members, or “consumers,” it is a foundation for who they are, how they live, and the philosophy they use to teach and empower those in our local community living with disabilities.

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    On the Move

    There’s a different energy around Columbia—can you feel it? The sun is rising on a new season and with it comes warmer temperatures, extended daylight hours, vibrantly green leaves on the trees, and bold blooms popping up out of the ground.

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    Spring Social Mission: Able South Carolina

    Each year, Fig Columbia partners with an organization that makes our surrounding community a better place to live. For 2022 we are proud to support and share the mission of Able South Carolina...

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    Fig Authentic: Dr. Aditi Bussells

    With a PhD in public health from the University of South Carolina, a deep passion for the people and local businesses of our community, and a desire to see Columbia continue to be a thriving place for families to call home, Dr. Aditi Bussells was already serving our town well through her work as a public health researcher.

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    Guest Post: How has the pandemic affected small business promotion?

    The normal course of business has traditionally been every man/woman for themselves. The pandemic changed that dramatically for small businesses across the state. Business owners were faced with issues they never could have planned for.

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