July 2017 Member News

MEMBER NEWS Vivial has a great resource to enhance your digital presence based on summer trends. Their inaugural eBook—a free guide to help local business rank the highest, trend the hottest and make the biggest splash this season. The eBook will deliver compelling statistics to build the case for stepping up customer engagement and outreach over … Continued


Less than 15 Spots Remaining for Leadership Visit 2017 to Lexington, KY

One month after registration opened, less than 15 spots remain for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Visit to Lexington, KY from October 24-26, 2017. Fill out the registration form today to add your name to the list of attendees. Leadership Visit is an annual trip which exposes Columbia and Boone County leaders to the … Continued


2017 First Quarter Cost of Living Statistics Released

Numbers released show the cost to live in Columbia is cheaper than the national average. Living costs in Columbia were 7% below the national average according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Columbia received a composite index figure of 93 for the first quarter … Continued


June 2017 Member News

MEMBER NEWS Boone County was selected by the national nonprofit, CSH, to participate in a new Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success initiative that will focus on using criminal justice and homelessness data to ensure those leaving incarceration will successfully reintegrate into communities, thereby reducing recidivism and improving public safety. The Central Bank of Boone County Lobby Gallery, … Continued


The Business Times Company Named the 2017 Small Business of the Year

The Business Times Company was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, small businesses were nominated for the award by Chamber members. From those nominations, five finalists, and the winner, were chosen by an anonymous selection committee comprised of businesspeople that work exclusively with small … Continued


May 2017 Member News

MEMBER NEWS KOMU 8 won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this week. Awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. KOMU 8 was awarded Excellence in Website for general excellence for KOMU.com; Excellence in Social Media for team coverage of the GOP gubernatorial debate in March … Continued


Columbia Chamber of Commerce Supports Smart Grid Improvements and SB 190

As the Missouri State Senate is expected to bring up SB 190, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-31), the Columbia Chamber of Commerce announces its support for the bill. SB 190 establishes the Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Act. It will focus on developing a “smart” electrical grid for the state that is expected to … Continued


Junior Leadership Columbia 2017 Class to Graduate

On April 10, 25 students from area high schools will graduate from the Chamber’s 2017 Junior Leadership Columbia class, in a banquet to be held at First Baptist Church. These students have successfully completed ten sessions over nine months, focusing on topics integral to leadership, such as civil service, risk and reward, community involvement, creativity, personal … Continued