“Create, Retain and Reinvest Wealth”



True to our City's "We Are Columbia" motto, Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc.  (CEZ, Inc.) is focused on encouraging and nurturing small business growth, with an overarching goal of creating jobs and improving quality of life across all sectors of our community.

CEZ, Inc. currently holds a portfolio of ready-to-lease properties ideal for new and expanding businesses, including multi-tenant locations, as well as a number of vacant properties for development by interested, qualified developers.
Working closely with the City's Office of Business Opportunities and its Office of Economic Development, the Small Business Association, the SC Department of Commerce, New Carolina (Council on Competitiveness), the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and other resources for entrepreneurial enterprises, CEZ, Inc. is a valuable key to assuring that small businesses have a place to grow and thrive.

Coming Soon! (Veranda at North Main)
 For  information on the Veranda at North Main please visit VerandAtNorthMain.com.

 Tenant Spotlight

The Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc. welcomes the Curry Insurance Agency to the City of Columbia. For more information on The Curry Insurance Agency visit their website at https://www.thecurryinsuranceagency.com


The Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc. welcomes It's Only Write Communications to the City of Columbia.
For more information on It's Only Write Communications visit their website at http://www.itsonlywritecommunications.com. 

 ALALA, LLC Celebrating 10 Years of Service in Downtown Columbia

Alala, LLC hosted a TEA in celebration of 10 Years of Service and in honor of all of South Carolina’s cancer survivors, co-survivors and those that have supported their journey thus far! Alala, LLC is located at 3400 Harden Street Ext. Columbia, SC.

10 Year Celebration Flyer (pdf)




Vacant Abandoned Building Incentive Program (VABIP)
The Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. (CEZ, Inc.) provided an incentive program to incentivize the reuse of vacant and abandoned buildings within the City of Columbia and adjacent areas of the City. CEZ, Inc. has determined that the use of the appropriated award funds will assist in fulfilling the mission of CEZ, Inc.
***All VABIP funding has been allocated at this time.

VABIP Information Brochure (PDF)


PRESS RELEASE - Veranda at North Main (December 2018)

PRESS RELEASE - Veranda at North Main Hard Hat Tour (December 2018)

PRESS RELEASE - CEZ, Inc. Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary and Corporate Office Grand Opening (September 2018)

PRESS RELEASE - CEZ, Inc. Celebrates Ground Breaking for Senior Housing Project (February 2018)

PRESS RELEASE - Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (September 27, 2016)




Contact Us:

Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc
3200 Grand Street
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone (803) 748-0964
Fax (803) 748-1389
Email Us
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 141, Columbia, SC 29202