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I am trying to get cells in column C to turn green when the cell in the same row of column B has a value in it.

I think there is a bug because the custom formula below is not working.
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You can use conditional formatting with a custom formula like =NOT(ISBLANK(B2)) across the range you want to use, in this case C2:C60. Make sure not to use any $ signs and to reference the first cell in your range (in your screenshot there's an offset), it should be B2.

Another reason why your set-up may not work is because the top-most conditional formatting rule that is true rules and overwrites other rules. So it could be that your red background is in front of the green.

To investigate particular circumstances you would have to make available. Here is mine: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KKjaSzsTc4gd1gwobg775jZoVzDK9BeGhv3xOzKJiiY/edit?usp=sharing

Here's a picture of the set-up matching yours apart from the red background:

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    Thank you. It was because my custom formula was not the top most rule. – Lauren Pettiette Sep 25 at 16:21
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Please try the following formula for your range:

=B1:B<>""

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