There are several business resources available in the City of Columbia. Please check out the links below for more information.

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Starting a Business

There are many factors that should be taken into account before opening your own business, and it is highly recommended that you thoroughly assess your idea and requirements before initiating the process. We can assist you by walking you through the process from start to finish and help troubleshoot any potential hurdles you may cross in getting your business up and running.


Growing Your Business

Supporting business growth and development is a core economic development function that helps to diversify and strengthen our local economy. 


Relocating a Business

Moving your business to Columbia can be the smartest decision your company makes.  Our City boasts a stable economy supported on all sides by business, education, government, and the military.


Residential Development

For 1 and 2 family zoning, permitting and construction within the City of Columbia.


Commercial Development

For Commercial and Multi-Family zoning, permitting and construction within the City of Columbia.


Office of Business Opportunities 

The Office of Business "Opportunities" (OBO) uses several economic development tools to provide creative business opportunities to address many of the obstacles that face small businesses. 


Procurement & Contracts