Cast Your Vote: Election Day is Near!

Guest blog by Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon The November 3rd General Election is almost here! 2020 has been an unusual year in so many ways and elections have not been immune from the challenges posed by the national pandemic. As we’ve navigated through a rescheduled municipal election in June and an August primary election … Continued


What is MO ABLE?

The Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is encouraging Missouri businesses to make it easier for employees with disabilities to save by adding direct deposit opportunities for MO ABLE accounts. Launched in 2017, MO ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save up to $15,000 per year, tax-free, without losing federal benefits like Medicaid and … Continued


Member News October 2020

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] The Mizzou Alumni Association presented Wally Pfeffer with the 2020 Alumni Legacy Award on September 17. This recognition is reserved … Continued


Stay Local Company Retreats

Keeping company retreats local has a win-win-win effect for your team, your community, and your budget. When it comes to doing business local, there are many different opportunities to help Columbia weather the economic impact of the pandemic, in addition to buying from local stores, utilizing local professional services, and seeking out local vendors and … Continued


Special Session Ends. Possibility of Another.

Almost a month ago, the Chamber reported on the Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address “violent crime” had taken yet another turn when the Missouri House of Representatives divided his six proposals into six separate bills. See our previous update for a detailed explanation of said six proposals. Although this process seemingly … Continued


Protect our Economy – Wear a Facemask

Support Columbia – Do Your part to keep the local economy open The Chamber encourages face mask wearing for all able individuals, along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, as a way to control our community’s COVID-19 cases. By decreasing or controlling the number of positive COVID-19 cases, … Continued


Small Business of the Year Finalists Announced!

Congrats to the Small Business of the Year finalists – Just Jeff’s, Restoration Chiropractic, PedNet Coalition, Job Point, and Heart of Missouri CASA! In Missouri, more than 99 percent of businesses are small businesses and nearly half of Missouri employees come from small businesses. Small businesses are also at the core of Columbia. Local businesses … Continued


Member News September 2020

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. Check back throughout the month for additional updates or events. If you have something to share email Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] Columbia’s chapter of the ACA Business Columbia Club is hosting a open … Continued


Special Session Takes Special Time

On Monday, July 27th, the Missouri General Assembly gaveled in a Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address ‘violent crime.’ Although substantive work did not begin until after the August 4th Primary Election, the state Senate managed to pass the Governor’s reform package as an all-encompassing omnibus bill, Senate Bill 1. Meanwhile, the … Continued


Medicaid Expansion Passed

On Tuesday, August 4th Missouri became the 38th state to vote in favor of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This effort, endorsed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will make all adults in the state ages 19 to 65 whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or below eligible for Medicaid … Continued