January 24-31, EngenuitySC, along with friends and partners, will spend a week celebrating our region’s success and investigating our future opportunities during Competitiveness Week 2020.

Check out this incredible lineup and find ways to get involved!

Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina


Friday, 1/24

Richland One Career Expo

Growing companies rely on a well-prepared workforce. At the Richland One Career Expo, dozens of local employers in high-demand fields will introduce 1,700 eighth grade students to the habits of thinking that are key to success in their industries.

Invitation Only

Attendees of the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report launch - which kicked off Competitiveness Week 2019 - network at the Columbia Museum of Art after the results have been revealed.

Monday, 1/27

6th Annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report Launch

Central Energy
2030 Gregg St, Columbia, SC 29201
Doors open at 4:15pm; Launch at 4:45pm

How likely is a company – or a family – to choose the Columbia region when considering a move to the Southeast? Each year EngenuitySC publishes the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report, which helps local leaders gauge success and address challenges. Results from 2019 will be shared at this event.

Invitation Only

Tuesday, 1/28

Table Talk

Central Carolina Community Foundation
2142 Boyce St Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201
8:00 - 9:30 AM

Participants in the 2019 On the Table event identified education as a primary obstacle to livability in our region. Join concerned neighbors to hear from those leading efforts to address this challenge, and to share ideas for new solutions – and do it over coffee and pastries!

Registration Required

Capgemini Women in Technology Luncheon

Capgemini Columbia
2142 Boyce St #301, Columbia, SC 29201
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A luncheon for women in technology.

Registration Required

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks to the importance of the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report.

Wednesday, 1/29

1 Million Cups

Richland Library Main
1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201
9:00 AM

1 Million Cups is a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs. Developed in Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, and continually refined by a dedicated community of entrepreneurs across the United States, we have created an educational program that holds the promise to revitalize, empower, grow, and activate your city’s community of entrepreneurs through online curriculum, coaching and experiential learning.

Open to Public

Minding Your Business: Keeping Lexington Competitive

Lexington Chamber of Commerce
311 West Main Street, Lexington SC 29072
10:30 am - Noon

Measured in the Competitiveness Report, there are five pillars of competitiveness and regional prosperity — but what does each pillar look like beyond the city’s core? The Lexington Chamber hosts a panel of local leaders working to build success in our region’s largest most populous suburban county. After the panel, gather a group of colleagues and enjoy lunch on Main Street, Lexington!

Registration Required

Social Media Sentiment Workshop in partnership with Experience Columbia SC

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
4:00 - 5:30 PM

Gather with fellow social media innovators for the results of a multi-year social media sentiment study on Columbia SC, learn how Experience Columbia SC is evolving its social media strategy in a changing marketplace and uncover ways we can all work together to increase positive perception of the region we know and love.

Invitation Only

Cayce Stroll on State

Cayce Arts District
Southern end of State Street, Cayce
6:00-8:00 PM

A great region relies on thriving communities. The new Cayce Arts District is a Renaissance forthe south end of State Street. Spend the evening visiting restaurants, galleries, and the new ArtPark!

Open to Public

Mayor Benjamin’s State of the City Address

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
6:00 PM

Mayor Benjamin will deliver his 10th State of the City address.

Open to Public

Thursday, 1/30

Midlands Business Leadership Group Annual Update

Time TBD
Location TBD

MBLG is a cadre of business, education, and nonprofit leaders working together to address challenges identified in the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. The group will gather for an annual review of their progress.

Invitation Only

Friday, 1/31

Teacher Discovery Day

Downtown Columbia
8 am - 4 pm

Richland One educators who have moved to the area from abroad will be welcomed at Columbia’s beloved attractions and organizations to learn more about connecting students with opportunities in their home community. Their students are the future of our region! This tour is led by EngenuitySC for our partners, Richland One.

Invitation Only

Crash Course Columbia

Downtown Columbia
All Day

COR will lead new-to-Columbia residents on a discovery tour around town so they can #CAEitall!

Invitation Only

UofSC McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase

McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
The Senate
2:00 - 5:00 PM

UofSC is a wellspring of new technology and business! The McNair Institute highlights student and faculty startups with an expo and a keynote address from Steve Forbes.

Open to Public

Mark Rapp and the Cola Jazz Little Big Band at The Venue on Main

The Venue on Main
1624 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
Time TBD

Celebrate Jazz in Columbia with Mark Rapp and the Cola Jazz Little Big Band.

Open to Public

EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week 2020 is presented by:

And sponsored by:

Gold
Silver
Bronze
Aflac
Central Carolina Community Foundation
City Center Partnership
Chernoff Newman
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
First Citizens Bank
First Community Bank
Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center
John Lumpkin
Lexington Medical Center
LLE Construction
Nelson Mullins
SCRA
Synovus
Public and Education Partners
Richland County
Lexington County
City of Columbia
City of West Columbia
City of Cayce
Town of Blythewood
University of South Carolina
Midlands Technical College