Columbia Ranks High For Business
The city ranked 16th last year in a Forbes national rating of the best places to live and do business, and this year it's number three. Raleigh and Sioux falls were the two cities ahead of Columbia on the listing.
"It's actually the perfect location for a shop like this, a city any smaller and we won't be able to afford our service, a city and bigger than this and we will be in a city that's in full form of using full blown advertising agencies," said Aric Brewer, general manager of the ad agency W.S. Express.
"We visited with businesses, some of which say they are looking for the best places, and they look at such things as the Forbes Magazine rating, the Money Magazine rating." said Columbia mayor Darwin Hindman.
Mayor Hindman says education plays a big part in the rating, and being a college town has helped the city move up the charts.
"Employers are now looking for people who have education, and I'm sure that was a big factor for us," he said.
Local businesses say the cost of doing business is low, but the city can do more.
"the city can continue to help our business by promoting itself as a destination for people," said Brewer.