Columbia has always been a medical mecca. The health care industry is a dominant player in the local economy, employing more people than any other sector. The city is home to the second-most hospital beds per capita in the country.
For the owners of newly formed Peak Sport and Spine Rehab, that old adage proved to be good business advice. Athletic trainer Mark Dempsey and physical therapists Shaon Fry and Todd Ankenman are the former owners of Peak Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine.
Katie Essing is living the dream. Six months into her new job as director of the Downtown Community Improvement District, she has immersed herself in the downtown’s small-business culture, working in what she calls her “dream career.”
While the world awaits an invitation to another door where it can beat the metaphorical path, Columbia’s next generation of innovators is rolling out the welcome mat.