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A local success + Happy Hardware Day Nov. 20!

Who’s got the cheapest lumber in town? The cheapest mortar? Think the best prices are way out at Lowe’s?  Think again.  Shuman-Owens Supply Co., located just 5 minutes from downtown Columbia, SC, is a brick’s throw from the S.C. State Fair Grounds and Gamecock Stadium. And it’s one of the…

Wake up call for business owners — big and small

Very interesting piece by financial columnist James Surowiecki, excerpted from The New Yorker: ILLUSTRATION: CHRISTOPH NIEMANN  (reposted with respect from The New Yorker) “In the nineteen-eighties, a new kind of chain store came to dominate American shopping: the “category killer.” These stores killed off all competition in a category by…