What is the Growth Summit

If you are a leader, entrepreneur, or “doer” in South Carolina, you don’t want to miss out. The Growth Summit is a one-of-a-kind event for people that have a desire to grow themselves, their network, and their company.

This annual event brings together the most forward-thinking minds in South Carolina to learn directly from noteworthy experts on how to better themselves and their business. You’ll have a guaranteed good time while meeting and learning from like-minded movers and shakers.

Photos From The 2020 Growth Summit Event

Speakers: Meet our 2020 speakers

We will be adding to the 2021 lineup soon.

Lou Kennedy
Lou KennedyOwner
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Karen R. Jenkins
Karen R. JenkinsFounder & CEO
KRJ Consulting, LLC
Tyler Robertson
Tyler RobertsonFounder & CEO
Diesel Laptops
Steve Benjamin
Steve BenjaminMayor
City of Columbia
Matt Vaadi
Matt VaadiFounder & CEO
ERG Payroll & HR
 Lasenta Lewis-Ellis
Lasenta Lewis-EllisFounder & CEO
LLE Construction Group, LLC
John Barnes
John BarnesCEO
Pendleton Street Business Advisors
Jamie Thomas
Jamie ThomasCEO
Cognito Forms
John Carrington
John CarringtonCEO
Bryan Murdaugh
Bryan MurdaughCEO
Michele Dugar
Michele DugarFounder & Chief Strategist
Vibe Marketing Solutions
Carl Blackstone
Carl BlackstonePresident & CEO
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Dominik Mjartan
Dominik MjartanCEO
Optus Bank
Colin Griffin
Colin GriffinChief Engineer
Henry Moore
Henry MooreCo-Founder
Jack Neil
Jack NeilCEO
Laura Boccanfuso
Laura BoccanfusoCEO
Van Robotics
Sandy McGuckin
Sandy McGuckinCEO
TCube Solutions
Sam McGuckin
Sam McGuckinCEO
TCube Solutions
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Matt Vaadi
Matt VaadiFounder and CEO
ERG Payroll & HR
Erin Curtis
Erin CurtisProgram Manager
Sergio Aparicio
Sergio AparicioBusiness Development Manager
City of Columbia Economic Development Office

Who should attend?

Entrepreneurs. Leaders. Doers.

Doesn’t that about say it all? If you are one of those three things, this is a can’t miss event.

We have had attendees from all over the country come to the Growth Summit and leave inspired to take action. They come to grow themselves, their network, and their business. If that is what you want to do, this is the event for you.

1 Day

15 + Speakers

150 Attendees

Detailed Agenda

About the Event

The Growth Summit started in 2015 as a small group of folks trying to learn more about how to create a great company. The event grew until last year we had more than 250 attendees. The event was started by Matt Vaadi from ERG Payroll & HR with the intent of creating Columbia’s future conference. The one that attracts people from all over the region to come together and learn how to create a business that matters. In 2020, the event has been handed over to GrowCo. GrowCo’s vision is to 10x the number of Inc. 5000 companies in the Midlands and that aligns perfectly with the vision for the Growth Summit.

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