SMALL BUSINESS WEEK: Columbia mayor celebrates transformation of Soda City with local owners

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COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — Small Business Week recognizes the local owners here in Columbia.

Monday morning, Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, a proponent of local business, celebrated the kickoff of Small Business Week.

“Look, we have empty storefronts in every community,” the mayor said. “I don’t care if you’re in the northeast, down in the Vista, out on Rosewood, North Beltline, or down Farrow Road. We have opportunities everywhere.”

Since taking over as mayor, Rickenmann has celebrated local business openings on a weekly basis. While Columbia features a lot of hospitality sector businesses, the mayor says other industries can also call Soda City home.

“We’re not set up for manufacturing downtown but we can handle every other division of those businesses,” Rickenmann said. “So, our target is urban development.”

To help new businesses out, Rickenmann is working on cutting out red tape, whether it’s removing parking…

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