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CarolinaPanorama | Councilman Derrek Pugh to lead Richland County’s Revived Small Business Committee

Councilman Derrek Pugh was recently elected chair of the County’s revived Office of Small Business Opportunity (OSBO) Ad Hoc Committee.

As chair, Pugh will serve as County Council’s liaison to the office, which works to ensure all segments of the local business community can participate in contracts for construction, architectural and engineering services, professional services, non-professional services and commodities.

Pugh, who represents District 2, covering parts of Columbia and Blythewood, was installed in the position in early November. Pugh said the committee’s goal is to ensure small and minority-owned businesses have greater opportunities to prosper and participate in the continued development and success of Richland County.

“It’s vital that we focus on our small businesses because they are the heartbeat of what goes on in Richland County,” Pugh said.

In addition to Pugh, the OSBO Ad Hoc Committee includes Councilmembers Gretchen Barron (District 7), Chakisse Newton (District 11) and Jesica Mackey (District 9).

Find a complete list of County committees, including information on vacancies and how to apply for open positions, at


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