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Published on May 13th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Mayor Issues Proclamation to North Columbia Business Association for Small Business Week

Pictured above at press conference from left: Brian Newman, Columbia City Council, Veronica Rodriguez, Chairman, North Columbia Business Assoc., Sam Davis, Columbia City Council and Sabrina Odom, Executive Director, North Columbia Business Assoc. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine. 

Columbia , SC – On Monday, City Councilman Sam Davis presented the North Columbia Business Association (NCBA) with a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council. The proclamation declared the week of May 12 -16 Small Business Week in North Columbia . The announcement came at the NCBA Small Business Week kickoff, held at Vino Garage in North Columbia .

“The North Columbia Business Association has made numerous strides in such a short period of time. And with that comes the focus on the northern part of the city. [We think] that is the kind of effort and the needed partnership that is going to continue to help Columbia become a world-class city,” Councilman Davis said.

NCBA Chairman, Veronica Rodriguez, and Executive Director, Sabrina Odom accepted the proclamation on behalf of the merchant association from Councilman Davis and Mayor Pro Tem, Brian DeQuincey Newman.

Vino Garage owner, Doug Aylard, was excited to host the kickoff at his North Columbia business. He’s hopeful that the week of events will bring some exposure to the area. “I want to encourage people to cross over Elmwood and venture further north down Main Street . They may be surprised at the wide variety of quality and unique businesses we have in this area,” Aylard said.

Aylard’s upscale store sells specialty beer and wine that may not be available in other retail stores. He hopes to expand his shop within the next few months to include a café that offers patio seating.

North Columbia Small Business Week activities are scheduled through Saturday.

Wednesday, May 14

11 am              Professional Tire and Radiator Service, 3525 North Main Street ; Special guest speaker, enjoy special giveaways, win a free oil change

Thursday, May 15    

8:30 am           Coffee Talk, NCBA Office, 1013 Duke Avenue; Breakfast provided by Ben’s “World Famous” BBQ

Friday, May 16

10 am – 6 pm  Carolina Kernels, 6820 N. Main Street ; Free samples of f gourmet popcorn

Saturday, May 17

5 pm – 7 pm    Vino Garage, 2327 Main Street ; Special wine tasting and networking social

Also participating in North Columbia Small Business Week

Blue Ribbon Taxi Cab Company, 6400 N. Main Street

Finklin Pharmacy, 4100 N. Main Street

Bellin & Nye, 611 Summit Avenue , off of Monticello Road

Businesses located within the 29203 zip code are eligible to join the North Columbia Business Association. For more information on Small Business Week and how to join NCBA, please visit, or contact executive director, Sabrina Odom at (803) 331-2931. 

About NCBA

The North Columbia Business Association was established in 2008 for the purpose of uniting and promoting businesses while rebuilding and re-establishing the image of the North Columbia community. The Association provides an avenue for businesses to speak as one voice on important business interests along with a focus on the community.



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