Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce members to be honored

The Carolina Panorama Newspaper will host a banquet to pay tribute to African-American business owners that have served the Columbia community for at least 40 years.  Several of the honorees are members of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

“A Tribute to the Legacy of Black Businesses” banquet will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm. The event is in concert with Carolina Panorama founder Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. celebrating 50 years in the newspaper industry.

In 1963, Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. moved to Columbia, SC and launched his career in the newspaper industry. He played a pivotal role in several publications across the state, using his publications as platforms for highlighting community events and to provide support and promotion to black business owners. As this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Abraham’s involvement in the news media, Nathaniel Abraham, Jr., the current Editor in Chief of the Carolina Panorama Newspaper, will honor him and other black businesses with an evening of celebration.

“It is important that we acknowledge our business pioneers and inspire the next generation of business owners,” said Abraham Jr.  “Without a strong business community, the Black community will not grow.  In order for us to succeed as a people, we have to have successful business owners who can inspire and teach the next generation, as well as pass on wealth for the next generation to build upon.

“We will be honoring local businesses that are doing that,” he concluded, “some for as many as five generations.”

In addition to Chamber member Nat Abraham of the Carolina Panorama Newspaper, the following businesses are being honored (Chamber members are highlighted in bold)

• AP Williams Funeral Home

• Angeline’s Beauty & Wig Salon

• Cooper & Cooper

• Davis Paint & Body Shop

• Frazier Signs & Designs

• Glymph & Sons, LLC

• Leevy’s Funeral Home

• M&Z Style Maker

• Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home

• Outen Fencing

• Palmer Memorial Chapel

• Taylor Brothers Construction Company, Inc.

• Trezevant Funeral Home & Crematorium

• Howard’s Garage

• Johnson’s Restaurant

A Tribute of to the Legacy of Black Businesses Banquet will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Friday, October 11, 2013. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., with the awards and dinner ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the Carolina Panorama office at 2346B Two Notch Road or by calling (803) 256-4015.  They can also be purchased online at

Several advertising packages in the program book are also available:

Back Cover:                               $750 (includes two tickets)

Inside Front:                               $500 (includes two tickets)

Inside Back:                              $500 (includes two tickets)

          Full page:              $250 (includes one ticket)

          Half Page:             $125

          VIP Patron List      $100

          Quarter Page:        $80

          Business Card:      $35

          Donor:                   $10

All ads must be submitted as a .pdf or .jpeg file by October 4, 2013.  In addition to appearing in the program book, your company, organization or name will also be recognized in the Carolina Panorama Newspaper.

There are several ways to place your ad:

• Mail ad and check to: Carolina Panorama Newspaper, P.O. Box 11205, Columbia, SC 29211-1205.  Make check payable to MBD Media, LLC

• Drop it by our office at 2346B Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204 or call (803) 256-4015.

• E-mail it to: and someone will call you to pay by credit card.

• Contact Patricia Abraham at (803) 256-4015.


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