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Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Tina Herbert; Executive Director, Office of Business Opportunities, City of Columbia

Tina Herbert is the Executive Director of the Office of Business Opportunities for the City of Columbia overseeing the City of Columbia’s assistance to small, minority and women owned businesses. She manages the city’s commercial revolving loan fund, façade improvement program, educational program and training for small businesses and implementation of our disparity study (creating more contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses with the City of Columbia. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Profession through the National Development Council and has overseen the City’s commercial lending programs which have leveraged millions of private funds for the city while also creating new jobs.

She received her B.S. in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina in May 1996. She received her Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration (JD/MBA) degrees in May 2000 from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 2000 and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Federal District of South Carolina. She was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 2006. She is also a certified circuit court mediator.

Ms. Herbert has served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Allison Lee (S.C. Circuit Court) and as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Richland County Public Defender, where she became the supervising attorney in Family Court representing juveniles in criminal matters. Ms. Herbert later became an associate with the Benjamin Law Firm, where her practice emphasized general business matters, litigation (civil and criminal), nonprofit administration, and employment matters. She also handled domestic/family law matters on a very selective basis. The Benjamin Law Firm launched its Wills for Seniors program in 2005, implemented by Ms. Herbert, which received the S. C. Bar Pro Bono Award in 2006.

In January of 2007, Benjamin Law Firm merged with McAngus, Goudelock and Courie, LLC (MGC). While at MGC, she defended businesses throughout the state in workers compensation claims. She also oversaw a legal services contract with the S.C. Department of Transportation that provided legal training and support to small and minority businesses state-wide.

In March of 2007, Ms. Herbert was named the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer of the Year for her community service through the bar. She served as President of the Young Lawyers Division in 2010. During her tenure, she created several new programs including the Minority Clerkship Program and the Lawyer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Young Lawyers Division received two first place awards for Diversity and Public Service and one second place award in a total of 4 categories presented by the American Bar Association that year.

Ms. Herbert was named by the Columbia Business Journal as one of its 20 under 40 Honorees in its 2008 class. In May of 2007 she was featured in the Columbia Business Journal as an Up and Coming Star.

Ms. Herbert is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended public schools in Richland School District One, graduating from W.J. Keenan High School in 1992. She is the mother of one daughter, Assatta.

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