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Growth Summit to be held in Columbia in October

Christina Lee Knauss //September 20, 2022//

Growth Summit to be held in Columbia in October

Christina Lee Knauss //September 20, 2022//

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Entrepreneurs from around South Carolina can learn how to grow their businesses at the seventh annual Growth Conference, scheduled for Oct. 20-21 at 701 Whaley in Columbia.

The summit will offer professional growth and networking for local leaders, according to a news release. Half of ticket sales from the event will be donated to local nonprofits.

“We created this event to fill the void of networking and educational opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small business leaders,” said Matt Vaadi, CEO of human resources firm guHRoo and creator of the event. “Our challenges are unique. Learning from those who have been where we want to go is paramount to the success of the local economy.”

The event includes educational sessions, panel discussions and keynote speakers. More than 30 sessions will be geared toward what organizers call “wantrepreneurs,” or people thinking about starting a business, as well as companies in the early and growth stages.

Topics to be discussed include leadership; marketing and branding; strategic partnerships; growth acceleration; and development. Keynote speakers will include leaders from local, regional and national companies.

Event sponsors include guHRoo, Colite City, GrowCo, SOCO, and the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina.

To sign up for the conference, visit

For more information, email [email protected].