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Columbia in top five U.S. cities for entrepreneurs

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Yoghut owner Shafen Khan saw potential in Columbia for a successful new business. Yoghut owner Shafen Khan saw potential in Columbia for a successful new business.
The Marketing Manager of South Carolina Small Business Development Janna McMahan says the living is easy in Columbia. The Marketing Manager of South Carolina Small Business Development Janna McMahan says the living is easy in Columbia.

By Liz McIntyre

Shafen Khan saw a lot of potential in Columbia.

"I called my father and I told him…you know, we have a market here. Let's do something," Khan said.

And that's exactly what he did. He started Yoghut, a frozen yogurt shop in downtown Columbia. Yoghut now has three different locations in the area.

"This is just where I keep coming back. I've been here too long and I enjoy it," Khan said. "I've tried leaving to look for other things but I keep getting pulled back and I like Columbia. It's nice."

Khan isn't the only one that thinks Columbia is a good place to start a new business. The nationally recognized entrepreneurship publication Under30CEO announced that Columbia ranked fifth among the top thirty cities for young entrepreneurs.

The ranking was determined by readers' votes and the city's local available resources, culture, atmosphere, and overall appeal to a young twenty somethings.

The Marketing Manager of South Carolina Small Business Development Centers Janna McMahan agrees.

"We do have a pretty vibrant cultural scene here. This is a big theater town and we got a great art museum. We have a lot of festivals and we have really good weather." McMahan said. "The living is pretty easy here in Columbia."

McMahan says that the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers can help aspiring business owners.

"We will help you through a business plan, figure out how to find funding to start your company, perhaps partnering you with something who can help benefit the progress of your company," McMahan said.

Khan says Columbia is where he'll stay as a young entrepreneur. He is starting another business in the area and hopes to launch in November.

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