PLATINUM SPONSORS

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation manufactures generic respiratory medication, as well as pre-filled sterile syringes and IV bags for hospitals across America, in an effort to alleviate their drug shortage needs.

GOLD SPONSORS

McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina

The purpose of the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise is to promote scholarly activity and educate students about the role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in enhancing economic growth as well as to encourage students to contribute and participate through entrepreneurism in creating a better America.

The Institute is funded through the generosity of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation which also funds centers at multiple other universities across the nation supporting entrepreneurship and free enterprise education. Under the guiding vision of Robert and Janice McNair, the foundation is committed to developing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders who have both the technical skills and the philosophical understanding of how free enterprise system forms the basis of economic opportunity and prosperity for individuals in our country.

Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.

GitHub

GitHub is a development platform inspired by the way you work. From open source to business, you can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers.

Columbia Economic Development

Columbia, South Carolina is a much different city than the one you visited or heard about years ago. Columbia is a “city on the move,” and people are excited about all the growth and development taking place here. With over $1.4B in investment in Columbia over the past five years, the word is out: our community is moving forward and great things are happening here.

Columbia Economic Development (CED) serves as a catalyst in helping companies identify and capitalize on new business opportunities. We work with interested companies and provide access to information, resources, and services to help your business overcome barriers to growth. The CED office and our partners can assist your business strategic planning, analysis, workforce needs, expansion or relocation opportunities, entry to new markets or the creation of new partnerships.

We’re a “work hard, play hard” kind of city, and we think you’ll see the quality of life is exceptional here. Take a look around and dig in to find out more about. Please contact us today and see how we can be of service to you.

SILVER SPONSORS

City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities

The Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) is committed to supporting initiatives that benefit small, minority, veteran, and women owned businesses located in, or that want to do business with, the City of Columbia. This is accomplished by providing creative financing, technical assistance and capacity building opportunities that contribute to the economic growth of all communities.

South Carolina Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Red Ventures

Red Ventures is a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of digital companies that specialize in bringing consumers and brands together. Through bespoke technology, integrated digital commerce and sales, distinguished partnerships, data science and original content from the company’s proprietary brands and marketplaces, Red Ventures provides better end-to-end consumer experiences throughout the buying cycle. Headquartered in the Charlotte metro area, Red Ventures has more than 3,600 employees globally in offices across the US, UK and Brazil.

Envision Columbia

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin delivered the State of the City Address at the Darla Moore School of Business in front of hundreds of attendees. At the address, Mayor Benjamin highlighted the city’s many successes in 2016. He also unveiled City Council’s Vision Statement and mentioned that citizens should look forward to plans for 2017. Attendees were thrilled to see everything that the City has planned to help spur future growth and sustainability.

Over the course of 2016, City Council members worked diligently to come up with a strategic plan to improve the overall quality of life in the city. That strategic plan, known as City Council’s Vision Statement, describes what their ideal state for citizens, businesses, students and tourists will be in the future. It poses as a detailed roadmap that has distinct directions from one destination to the next. It is a complete layout of new ideas and goals for Columbia to reach its full potential.

The Vision Statement consists of seven different focus areas and a set of five goals as desired future states that City Council hopes to achieve by 2036. Each Council member has endorsed one of the focus areas and will act as a lead spokesperson that will work on communicating/implementing the objectives of that area.

City of Columbia

Columbia is the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. We offer a great combination of high quality of life, talented workforce and business opportunities that make it a great location to do business, enjoy life and raise a family. The City of Columbia has a subtropical climate with mild winters, warm springs and autumns and hot summers. We have a vibrant and growing local arts community with numerous galleries, theaters, and performance venues.

Oracle

Oracle MySQL Cloud Service delivers a secure, cost-effective and enterprise-grade MySQL database service. Built on MySQL Enterprise Edition and powered by the Oracle Cloud, it provides a simple, automated, integrated and enterprise ready MySQL cloud service, enabling organizations to increase business agility and reduce costs. Oracle drives MySQL innovation, constantly improving MySQL solutions and delivering new capabilities to power next generation web, cloud, mobile and embedded applications.

SCRA

SCRA is a state-chartered organization that fuels job creation and grows South Carolina’s innovation economy. Through SC Launch, early-stage companies are provided mentoring and grants and may be eligible for an investment from SC Launch, Inc. The SC Launch program is open to qualified South Carolina companies in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

O.D.B. Entertainment

Video Production Company

Grace Outdoor Advertising

Outdoor Advertising company with both traditional and digital billboards.

Burr Forman McNair

For more than a century, Burr & Forman LLP’s experienced legal team has served clients at the intersection of business and government with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with 360 attorneys and 19 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. The firm operates as Burr Forman McNair in North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.burr.com