Palmetto People

Growing business in the Midlands

Healing Path Counseling, Inc.

Ellen P. Mitchell, LISW-CP, is a social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in treating depression, anxiety, career and vocational issues, post-traumatic stress disorder as well as active and retired military. She is the owner and operator of Healing Path Counseling, Inc., located at 5000 Thurmond Mall near the Arsenal Hill neighborhood and the Governor’s Mansion. After working for years in unfulfilling office jobs, Ellen received her Master’s degree in 2005 and started her career helping others. After graduation, she worked with several hospice agencies as well as at Fort Jackson helping service members and their families. In fall 2013, she realized her dream of opening her own practice, and loves being able to walk with people on the path to bettering themselves. Although people are often reluctant to seek treatment for mental health, Ellen emphasizes that one in five Americans will have a diagnosable mental illness, and that treatment is shown to help. 


Roper Staffing

Thirty-two years ago, George Roper had a vision to provide Midlands businesses with innovative staffing solutions that no other service offered. Over the years, he has assembled a team of dedicated employees who average more than 12 years of staffing experience. Roper’s services include traditional staffing, direct hire placements with access to the full labor market and special project work at a business’s site or at Roper’s location. 

“We do not use a cookie cutter method of hiring to fill your openings,” George says. “Each client is unique, and we hire accordingly.” With offices in Columbia, Sumter, Newberry and Laurens, no staffing need is too small, too large or too unusual. Roper’s solutions go well beyond temporary, and the entire team looks forward to serving you.


Larry Lucas Insurance Agency, Inc. 

(Investment Adviser Representative)

Larry Lucas, Jr., ChFC, CASL, AIC-President, has been with State Farm since 1992. He was appointed as an agent in Columbia, S.C. in 2000. He now provides the insurance and financial services of the No. 1 insurer in the country. Because he obtained the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation, he was appointed as an Investment Adviser Representative, allowing him to provide financial planning services and insurance for the entire state. The Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) designation enhances Larry’s expertise. Many clients are surprised to know that State Farm offers more than auto and home insurance. Life insurance, health insurance and retirement products are some of the additional products available from his local office. Larry and his licensed team are easily accessible so call, stop by or visit them on their website. Planning for the future and preparing for the unexpected are their specialties.


M. Timmerman Photography

Any photography session you choose should be centered around on one thing — fun. If you are not relaxed and enjoying documenting your occasion, something is awry. If you are happy, you show it and your images reflect it. Meghan Timmerman loves light and tends to see most things in life based on light which is why her images tend to be so identifiable. She is grateful for the accolades, but today making people happy and her charity work at The Children’s Place in Aiken are her most cherished work gems. Documenting life is a challenge of using light and stopping time for a brief millisecond, and she hopes that one day she can document your millisecond. 


Senior Matters|One Matters,

Making decisions for an aging parent or loved one can be emotionally draining and taxing for a caregiver. Senior Matters understands this challenge and has provided a solution to assist individuals and families in providing the best possible care for a senior or dependent adult, while being good stewards of their assets, and providing quality care with compassion.

Active seniors are able to work with Senior Matters to develop a plan tailored to their wishes that can be implemented when the time is appropriate. This removes the burden from a family member or caregiver. Senior Matters frequently works directly with a caregiver to develop and execute a care plan. This plan may include companion or caregiver services, certified case management services and/or legal guardianship services.

Regardless of how Senior Matters was initially included in the care plan, Senior Matters becomes the senior’s personal ambassador in navigating the healthcare and insurance industries. For more than 18 years, Senior Matters has been the premier provider of caregiver/companion services, certified case management and certified legal guardianship to the greater Midlands region.

​NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank

As a 30-plus year veteran of the banking industry, NBSC Regional Executive Samuel I. “Sam” Baxter has served a range of clients and industries in South Carolina, from the Upstate to the Lowcountry. In 2008, Sam reunited with a number of former C&S National Bank colleagues at NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank. “The strong management team and community focus of the bank made NBSC very attractive,” says Sam.

As a Synovus bank, NBSC combines one of the deepest and most capable regional banking networks in the Southeast with the local delivery of a community bank. The deep community ties of the people who make up NBSC allow the bank to offer a relationship-based model that sets NBSC apart from other financial institutions. 

Sam is responsible for offices in Columbia, Lexington, Camden, Sumter, Florence, Manning and Bishopville. “The experienced, community-minded people of NBSC make it a great place to bank and work,” says Sam.


Pure Barre Columbia

Pure Barre is more than just a workout — it’s a lifestyle. The Pure Barre studio environment fosters a strong sense of community, welcoming clients of all sizes and fitness backgrounds to empower one another in achieving their fitness goals. No dance experience is required — as long as you can hold onto a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre!

Pure Barre offers a full-body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abdominals and arms and burns fat in record-breaking time. Each 55-minute class works every muscle group to fatigue, then stretches them back out to create long, lean physiques without bulk.

Their method focuses on small, isometric movements that create a high intensity, low impact workout that delivers results — and you’ll see them fast. 


South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Currently on display at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign details Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina. The exhibit focuses on the march’s impact on the people of S.C., its significance in the development of the concept of total war and the ethics involved by examining multiple aspects of the campaign. Artifacts include weapons, accouterments, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics and flags. Exhibit highlights are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia in flames, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre- and post-burned Columbia interactive map. Paths of Destruction will be on display through May 28, 2016. Founded in 1896, the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to present. 


Whetzel’s Automotive

Whetzel’s Automotive is a family-owned and operated business. They are dedicated to providing excellent automotive service to the Midlands. The owner, Rob Whetzel, developed a love for the automotive industry at an early age, setting a goal of owning his own automotive repair shop. Focused on providing superior service, their highly trained staff takes pride in maintaining and repairing your vehicle and working with each individual customer to make them feel comfortable with automotive repair decisions. They work on all makes and models of vehicles, which requires periodic training to maintain their level of service, even on the new, sophisticated models. Whetzel’s makes the inconvenient convenient, offering shuttle service to work and even picking up vehicles for repairs when possible, realizing that being without your vehicle or waiting while repairs are made can be stressful and inefficient. They feel most people would appreciate their vehicle being repaired while they continue to focus on what they enjoy. 


YMCA of Columbia

As CEO for the YMCA of Columbia, Bryan Madden leads a charity dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back to their neighbors.

Bryan believes Columbia can be so much more. In 2015, with the help of YMCA members, volunteers, staff and partners, more than $200,000 in new grant funding and $400,000 in annual campaign support addressed food insecurity by serving more than 70,000 healthy meals to kids over the summer; addressed the achievement gap with a summer learning loss prevention program; allowed hundreds of low-income youth to learn to swim; met the Y’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all; and kept the Y’s promise to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.

The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause.

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