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If you are a business owner, trying to handle your company's IT issues on your own is like trying to find your way home on a boat without navigation tools. Sure, some folks on board might be able to figure out which way is north, but without a map, guidance, and a comprehensive plan, you will be floating along until something catastrophic happens.

That is where ITS comes in - we work as a life raft for businesses trying to navigate the waters of IT without any experience or tools at their disposal. We do this by working as a team to provide our clients with a wide range of customized IT computer services in Columbia, SC from hardware and software management to network maintenance and VOIP solutions.

At ITS, our commitment is to you and your business. We like to think of our client relationships as partnerships. You can rest easy knowing that you are partnering with a privately owned company that has been in business since 2003. We employ a well-versed team of highly-trained professionals holding many of the top certifications in the IT industry.

While we hold many national certifications, we are proud to say that we are locals. Unlike some companies, you will have one point of contact at ITS. We work onsite at your business, giving you the chance to meet us face-to-face, while we provide you with a full range of computer support in Columbia, SC.

IT Support Columbia, SC

Areas Served

And when we say "full range of computer support," we mean it! Here is a quick glance at how ITS can help with all of your IT support needs:

Complete Cloud Computer Services in Columbia, SC

Suppose saving money and boosting productivity is what your business needs. In that case, ITS' fully managed computer support in Columbia, SC provides your business with a full-time, outsourced IT department at a fixed price, so you don't have to build an in-house solution. We're talking support for ALL internet, backup, Cloud networking, security, hardware, and software. ITS here to support your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our technicians keep every aspect of your infrastructure in working order, so you can focus on running your day-to-day operations while we wipe away your IT capital expenses. With ITS' CompleteCloud, your IT department scales based on your businesses' glm-rowth.

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IT Project Management

Peace of mind is paramount if you are a business owner who needs to build or relocate your IT setup. Fortunately, ITS' Build and Design team can move your existing IT infrastructure or relocate new IT infrastructure deployments, so that you can concentrate on serving your customers. We'll handle all the heavy lifting!
ITS helps with every aspect of your large-scale IT project, from the design and implementation of IT hardware to assistance with project budgeting. Here is a quick summary of our New Construction and Relocation computer services in Columbia, SC:

  • Onsite meetings
  • Single point of contact for all technology needs
  • Liaison between owners and vendors
  • Regular conference calls

Compliance, Security, and Audits

Companies that don't plan for or that underfund their compliance assessments will often suffer as a result. If your company is facing severe delays, incorrect scope of cardholder data environment, or even non-compliance relating to HIPAA, HITECH, or PCI DSS, ITS can help.

Our Gap Analysis and readiness audits have helped many companies achieve compliance quickly. We help you meet compliance by:

  • Uncovering all of your compliance needs
  • Providing you with a timeframe for compliance
  • Providing procedure templates and policy templates.
  • Customizing your templates.
  • Drafting your scope of assessed CDE correctly

Accurately interpreting compliance legislation is challenging, but it doesn't have to be with ITS by your side.

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 Cloud Services Columbia, SC

Cloud Computer Services In Columbia, SC

You have probably heard of the Cloud, but did you know that moving your network, storage, and servers to a virtual platform can mean substantial cost savings, increased security, improved disaster recovery, and automatic updates?

ITS' Cloud specialists will work closely with you to develop a migration strategy so that all of your on-premises data is safely and securely transitioned to the Cloud. With our ongoing support, your journey to the Cloud will be successful and seamless.

Cybersecurity

Data theft. Malicious viruses. Ransomware attacks. Whether you own a small business or a large enterprise, cyber attacks ruin hardworking entrepreneurs every day. Cybersecurity threats are serious, and ITS is serious about protecting your business from them. With ITS' sophisticated network defense strategies, you can protect your organization, your employees, and your customers from any cybersecurity threat.

Our cybersecurity computer solutions in Columbia, SC give you:

  • Comprehensive assessments of your network, to discover and correct vulnerabilities
  • Filtering tools that restrict employees from visiting questionable websites
  • Anti-malware software that finds and blocks harmful files before they breach your system
  • Email filters to help prevent phishing attacks and spam
  • Awareness and best practices training for your entire company

ITS also regularly updates your company's antivirus software, firewalls, data breach tools, and more, so you can stress less and do what you do best - keeping your customers satisfied.

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 Data Security Columbia, SC

Additional Computer Services In Columbia, SC

If you are having IT issues but don't see a solution to your problem on this page, don't fret worry. Chances are, if you need IT assistance, we can help. We offer other services like Cabling & Racking, IT Vendor Management, vCIO Solutions, IT Backup and Disaster Recovery, Microsoft 365, IT Consulting and Strategy, and even Communication & Collaboration services for employees.

Have questions? It would be our pleasure to speak with you at your convenience so that we can learn more about your business, industry, and needs.

When you call, you won't be talking to someone at a call center. You won't be talking to someone only interested in selling you a new product. You will speak to an actual ITS employee who will treat you with respect and honesty. We don't see you as a dollar sign; we see you as a person. And people always come before profits at ITS.

Latest News in Columbia, SC

Fireworks, baseball and cannon fire: What to do around Columbia over July 4th weekend

COLUMBIA — Not everyone is headed to beach for the Fourth of July weekend.For those sticking around Columbia, there are plenty of events to celebrate America birthday No. 246. Here are some highlights:July 1Star Spangled Salute — Dick Goodwin and the South Carolina Philharmonic BrassSaluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.While there may be no fireworks, look forward to a concert performed by the S...

COLUMBIA — Not everyone is headed to beach for the Fourth of July weekend.

For those sticking around Columbia, there are plenty of events to celebrate America birthday No. 246. Here are some highlights:

July 1

Star Spangled Salute — Dick Goodwin and the South Carolina Philharmonic Brass

Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

While there may be no fireworks, look forward to a concert performed by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the River Birch Shelter. Food will be offered by Irmo’s Cox Family BBQ and drinks, alcoholic and not, will be available. Be sure to bring chairs or picnic blanket. Attendance is free.

Lexington County Blowfish fireworks show

Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington

7:05 p.m.

The Lexington County Blowfish will have fireworks shows after their home games on July 1, 3 and 4. Tickets range from $6 to $9.

Icehouse Amphitheater concert and fireworks

107 W. Main St., Lexington

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

The 246th Army Band, based out of the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Hopkins, will be performing at the town of Lexington’s amphitheater. Food will be sold onsite along with adult and child-friendly beverages.

If you aren’t able to make it into the amphitheater, the fireworks can also be seen from Lexington Square Park, Lexington Veterans Monument or any public parking lot in the downtown area. Attendance is free.

July 2

July 4 boat parade and fireworks show

Lake Murray dam

Noon and 9:15 p.m.

The annual tradition returns this year with its theme of “Honoring our Heroes.” Decorated boats can be viewed from any of the park sites near the Lake Murray dam at noon. A fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. coming from Spence and Dreher Island. Tune into 106.7 FM to hear music synced up to the fireworks.

Sign up for the boat parade at lakemurraycountry.com or call (803) 781-5940. Cash prizes awarded for the best decorated boats.

Fort Jackson Independence Day Celebration

Fort Jackson, Boyden Arbor Road, Columbia

4 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

After five years, the fireworks are back at Hilton Field in Fort Jackson. There will also be live music starting at 6 p.m., food trucks and space with amusement rides for the kids. To top off the night, the fort will have a fireworks show and cannon fire. Brings chairs and blankets.

Attendance is free. Anyone older than 16 must have a valid state or government issued ID card to get in. Visitors can enter Hilton Field through Gate 4 on Boyden Arbor Road.

Fireworks with the Phil

Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia

Gates open at 6 p.m., event starts at 8 p.m.

The South Carolina Philharmonic will perform its second-ever Fourth of July-themed concert at Segra Park alongside a display of fireworks. Tickets cost $8-$32 and are available at bityl.co/CpUl or by calling the box office at (803) 726-4487.

July 4

Born in the USA 4-Mile Run

Corner of Trenholm Road and Forest Drive, Columbia

When: 7:04 a.m.

Rain or shine, runners can either compete in a 4-mile run, a 4-mile relay with two people or a shorter firecracker run for the younger participants. Register at bityl.co/CpUq.

Columbia Fireflies fireworks show

Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia

When: 6:05 p.m

The Columbia Fireflies will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and top off the night with a fireworks show after the game. Tickets range from $5 to $25.

Beat the Summer Slide With These FREE Summer Reading Programs in Columbia, SC

Have you been searching for reading programs to keep your child reading, motivated, and learning throughout summer break? While summer is usually time for mental breaks, going on family trips and sleeping in, there can also be time for slowing down with a good book in hand. Whether your child will be starting out this upcoming year as a preschool or kindergartener or if you’ve got older, high school teens, we’ve got a reading program for everyone…even you!Read to Succeed This Summer We’ve all heard th...

Have you been searching for reading programs to keep your child reading, motivated, and learning throughout summer break? While summer is usually time for mental breaks, going on family trips and sleeping in, there can also be time for slowing down with a good book in hand. Whether your child will be starting out this upcoming year as a preschool or kindergartener or if you’ve got older, high school teens, we’ve got a reading program for everyone…even you!

Read to Succeed This Summer

We’ve all heard the statistics and recommendations on reading – reading to your babies and tots will help develop their speech and literacy understanding, low reading levels, unfortunately, lead to increased school drop-out rates, reading increases knowledge, and so on.

This summer you can allow your child to read while also having fun! Long car trips, plane rides, and stormy summer days make for the perfect opportunity to open up a book of their choice and read for enjoyment instead of purely school-related outcomes.

Make it a family affair and jump into the challenges with them, model the behavior you’re wanting to see, and help them earn their potential rewards. Below you will find both local and virtual reading programs throughout the summer and several of them can earn your children awesome prizes!

Summer Reading Programs in Columbia, SC

Win prizes for reading, or develop those reading and literacy skills with these summer reading reading programs an dincentives in the Columbia, SC area.

The Lexington County Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, even adults! This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities” and begins June 1, 2022. There will be several summer reading kick-off parties on June 1 around Lexington:

And on June 2 at:

Each event will have activities planned as well as the opportunity to sign-up for the summer reading challenge and get your reading packet. Be sure to check out each library’s website to get more information on special events that will be at your local kick-off party!

The Summer reading challenge for the Richland County library begins on June 1, 2022 and ends on August 14, 2022. The goal is to earn a total of 30 points by collecting 1 point each time your child reads for 30 minutes, attends a summer learning challenge program, or completes a learning activity of their choice. Points must be tracked on the “Paper Tracker” which can be picked up at the library or printed from the website.

Once completed, take your child’s tracker to the library and receive a medal, FREE passes for one adult and one child to the Columbia Museum of Art, and a FREE pass to a select Columbia Fireflies baseball game.

This reading club is led by library reading specialists and is for rising 3rd-grade students. The club is designed for children who are reading below their grade level and who need some extra help with phonics and reading strategies throughout summer break! You must register your child for this club by going online or calling 803.929.3434. Reading Club sessions are as follows:

This reading club is only available at the Richland Library located at 1431 Assembly Sreet, Columbia.

This club begins June 1 and goes until August 10, 2022. The club is open to children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old. Kids will be broken up into age divisions and will be challenged to read a certain number of books and ultimately get to “level 3” or 7+ finished books. There will be prizes and drawings for children in each age group who make it to the level 3 tier. The grand prize winner will win a Kindle E-Reader! For more details, rules, reading forms, and to register go to NEPC Lampost Summer Reading Website.

I love this program because it offers some flexibility for parents to decide on guidelines/challenges based upon reading level, age, and family needs. All you need to do is print off the 2-week long “Reading Rewards” Calendar and give your kids check-marks each day that they complete the reading challenge(s) you have set. Once the chart is finished, it can be redeemed at your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 FREE play points.

Don’t forget to check for summer reading activities at your child’s school. They may have programs or even book recommendations based upon grade and/or reading level!

This program is run by certified speech therapists and is offered to children between the ages of 6 – 11 years old. These are group-based sessions where children will build upon their knowledge of reading, writing, and comprehension. For more information and to enroll please call 803.434.1260.

Summer Reading Challenges at Bookstores With Prizes

Have a rising 1st – 6th grader? This program is for them! The Barnes & Noble reading program will challenge your kiddos to not only read 8 books of their choice, but also write about their favorite part in each book. Your child(ren) will then need to bring their completed reading journal to any Barnes & Noble store between July1 and August 31, 2022. Once completed, they will receive a free book which they can choose from a list found on the Summer Reading Journal.

This summer, your children can earn a free pencil pouch when they complete the Books-A-Million summer reading program. They will need to choose and read 4 books from the reading list which can be found in-store or online and then write about each book in their summer reading log. Take the finished reading log to any store to claim their prize!

Virtual Summer Reading Programs

Clemson’s summer reading program is divided into several 6-week long courses. Visit their website and choose which grade your child will be in this upcoming school year, see a list of books they will read, and register for dates and times.

Go online at Half Price Books Summer Reading to register for this summer’s reading club which officially begins June 1, 2022. Throughout the summer, your children will be able to download several activities that will keep them engaged, learning, and excited about reading! There will be various themes throughout the weeks:

You can also find a list of recommended books online according to your child’s age group!

Parents can go online to nd register for Camp Book It where they can track their child’s reading all summer long. When your child meets their monthly reading goal, you will receive an emailed certificate for a FREE one-topping personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut!

Your kiddos can travel the United States on a virtual reading marathon this summer with Reading is Fundamental! There are various activities each week to go along with their books as they learn about different states and take a “road trip”. The places they will travel to include:

For a full list of books that they will read each week head to Reading is Fundamental!

From May 9 – August 19, 2022 your kids can track their reading, attend virtual author events, engage in educational games and more by creating an account for them on “Home Base.” By keeping up their reading streak, your children will not only be able to gain access to more virtual fun, but they will help “unlock” donated books that will be distributed to children with limited or no book availability. Reading for a purpose – how rewarding! Sign up for Scholastic Home Base.

Have a teenager at home? Going to be on-the-go a lot this summer? We’ve found the perfect summer reading program for you! Sync is designed for teens 13 years and older and will give them 16 weeks worth of audiobooks for a grand total of 32 books all for FREE! All you’ll have to do is register your child for Sync online so they can get started!

How will you encourage reading in your home this summer?

DHEC confirms approval for new water treatment to improve Columbia Water

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed to WIS on Tuesday it approved a new treatment for the water the City of Columbia relies on.DHEC has given Columbia Water approval to use Copper Sulfate to kill algae which produce compounds in the water that create an “earthy” smell and taste.DHEC’s Primary Drinking Water Regulations references Copper Sulfate as follows:Copper Sulfate and Other Copper Compounds - Continuous or periodic treatment of water with...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed to WIS on Tuesday it approved a new treatment for the water the City of Columbia relies on.

DHEC has given Columbia Water approval to use Copper Sulfate to kill algae which produce compounds in the water that create an “earthy” smell and taste.

DHEC’s Primary Drinking Water Regulations references Copper Sulfate as follows:

Copper Sulfate and Other Copper Compounds - Continuous or periodic treatment of water with copper compounds to kill algae or other growths shall be controlled to prevent copper in excess of one (1) milligrams per liter as copper in the plant effluent or distribution system. Care shall be taken in obtaining a uniform distribution. Department approval shall be obtained prior to the use of any such compound.

The approval comes after Columbia Water’s initial filtration using activated Carbon failed to eliminate the smell and taste, which Columbia Water states has been present for more than three weeks.

DHEC sent a statement reading:

Organisms like bacteria and algae naturally occur in water bodies, including water bodies that serve as a source for drinking water. When these naturally occurring organisms die, organic compounds can be released that can impact the water’s taste and smell. The level of biological productivity in a water source can vary throughout the year, and it’s not uncommon for water bodies to experience increased biological productivity during this time of year.

Drinking water facilities have treatment systems in place that reduce the effects of naturally occurring organisms, but these treatment systems don’t always eliminate every impact to taste and odor.

As noted last week, DHEC has sampled the Broad and Congaree rivers in light of recent reports of odor and smell issues with drinking water from the City of Columbia, the City of West Columbia and the City of Cayce, and our testing confirmed that the levels of algae-related compounds detected are a nuisance, but they are not a current health concern.

Yes, you’re correct: the agency has given approval for the city to add copper sulfate treatment at the canal plant to assist with the odor and smell concerns. Please reach out to the city for some more details on its continued treatment efforts.

Columbia Water released a statement reading:

Columbia Water Update on Taste and Odor Issue 02

Columbia Water is continuing its efforts to address the taste and odor issue that is affecting customers served by its Canal Water Treatment Plant. The musty taste and odor is harmless. It is caused by geosmin, which is produced from algae in water and is naturally occurring in the environment. It is what gives dirt and certain vegetables like beets their odor.

We continue to add activated carbon, which acts like a sponge, to the treatment process. We are also flushing in numerous places throughout our water distribution system. In addition, we received approval from DHEC yesterday, June 6, to add copper sulfate to the treatment process. Copper sulfate is a chemical commonly used for addressing algae problems, and we began adding it yesterday. We are also exploring the possibility of relocating our carbon feed system within the treatment plant to expand the capacity for adding activated carbon.

Although it is hard to determine the impact and timeline of these efforts right now, we do know that it takes 4-to-5 days for water treated at our canal plant to make its way completely through our distribution system. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our efforts and adjust accordingly.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve the issue. To learn more about the issue and how we are treating it, please visit our web page at https://columbiascwater.net/geosmin-and-mib/.

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Carolina Food Service expanding operations in Horry County

More than $3.7 million investment will create 71 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Carolina Food Service, a full-service food distribution company, today announced plans to expand operations in Horry County. The company’s more than $3.7 million investment will create 71 new jobs.

Founded in 2009, Carolina Food Service is a privately owned food distributer that services food establishments in North and South Carolina. Specializing in the Hispanic and Latino restaurants market, the company produces meats, condiments, spices, disposable goods and more.

Located in Loris Commerce Park in Loris, Carolina Food Service’s expansion will enable growth to meet increasing demand. The company is purchasing an additional nine acres within the industrial park and adding 20,000 square feet to Carolina Food Service’s existing facility.

Individuals interested in joining the Carolina Food Service team should apply online at SC Works.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Horry County to assist with costs of site preparation and building construction.

QUOTES

“I am truly excited and beyond grateful for our Carolina Food Service family. All their hard work and relentless efforts have put us in an accelerated pace of growth. And, for closing in on accomplishing our goal of becoming a relevant player in the regional food service scene. Also, and just as important, is to recognize and appreciate the strong and favorable business environment provided by the state of South Carolina. To the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, city of Loris, Horry County, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Governor McMaster, our deepest appreciation for all your support and for setting a healthy stage for businesses like ours to thrive.” -Carolina Food Service President and CEO Juan Serrato

“Carolina Food Service has been a key part of our thriving food distribution industry, and this expansion will allow them to further expand their footprint in South Carolina. We congratulate them on their more than $3.7 million investment that will create 71 new jobs for Horry County.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are excited that Carolina Food Service continues to find success in our state. South Carolina has an appetizing food distribution industry where companies can thrive, and Carolina Food Service is proof of that. We look forward to their continued growth in Horry County and the entire state of South Carolina.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Carolina Food Service is a South Carolina agribusiness success story. Their latest commitment means more jobs and more opportunities for the people who make up our state’s largest industry.” -South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers

“Carolina Food Service of Loris has been an asset to our area for more than a decade. We are proud of their success and trust in our area. The expansion of Carolina Food Service proves that our area has the business climate, workforce, infrastructure, community support and belief in our leaders to be successful in Horry County. Today, we celebrate with Carolina Food Service and look forward to being a part of their growth. On behalf of the county council and all partners involved, we congratulate Carolina Food Service of Loris and look forward to many more exciting things to come!” -Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner

Canfor Southern Pine investing $25 million to modernize Hampton County facility

Investment will advance technology and equipment COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.Founded in 1938, Canfor produces a variety of wood products and has a large footprint in South Carolina – including...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.

Founded in 1938, Canfor produces a variety of wood products and has a large footprint in South Carolina – including six facilities and a corporate office. With a focus on sustainability, Canfor wants to create a future as sustainable as the forests – with goals and targets that support people, the planet and communities.

Located at 4426 Steep Bottom Road in Estill, Canfor’s investment is modernizing the facility with cutting-edge technology and equipment to position the company to meet growing global demand for its wood products.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Canfor team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

QUOTES

“The investment in our Estill facility is benefitting our employees and is helping to ensure we can meet our customers’ growing needs for sustainable wood products.” -Canfor Southern Pine President Tony Sheffield

“We are proud to celebrate Canfor’s latest investment in South Carolina and our people. This significant $25 million investment highlights all that can be accomplished through our competitive business environment and talented workforce." -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today, we celebrate yet another win for South Carolina’s dynamic forestry industry. I offer my congratulations to Canfor for investing in Hampton County and look forward to seeing their continued success within our borders for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Canfor is a renowned company and a major employer in Hampton County, and we couldn’t be more pleased that they have chosen to invest in Hampton County. We will do all that we can to create the best business environment for their continued success.” -Hampton County Council Chairman Buddy Phillips

“We applaud Canfor’s investment in Hampton County, as it is a testament to the strength of our state’s forest products manufacturing sector, now valued at more than $21 billion. The company’s investment reflects its confidence in the future of the Palmetto State’s healthy forests, abundant wood supply and world-class business environment.” -South Carolina State Forester Scott Phillips

“A major producer of sustainable forest products in our state, Canfor is an international company flourishing in our region because of our workforce and natural assets. We are grateful for their commitment to our region, and we look forward to working with them to increase their footprint in Hampton County.” -SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls

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