Chamber Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has signed a letter urging the United States Senate to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA). The Chamber is joined by a coalition of 616 signatories from each state. Support for the passage of this act comes from a wide-range of industries representing the diverse interests … Continued

2016 Cost of Living Statistics Released

The cost to live in Columbia has again fallen below the national average. Living costs in Columbia were 5% below the nationwide 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 95.0 for 2016. The figure refers to … Continued

Chamber Unveils the 2016 Legislative Scorecard – Inaugural Edition

The Chamber has a vigorous process to form and create legislative priorities. This process begins during the summer prior to the legislative session. The Government Affairs committee invites community partners and our local elected officials to outline their objectives and priorities for the next legislative session. The committee also reviews recommendations from the Chamber’s other 11 committees submitting and discussing proposals culminating with the November meeting … Continued

Business Showcase is Near

One word, 10 letters. A noun. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” Any guesses? It’s C O N N E C T I O N! The word connection is one that is continually mentioned when discussing anything “business.” Whether it’s … Continued

February 2017 Member News

Member News University of Missouri Extension is hosting the Community Development Academy at The Elms in Excelsior Springs, MO from March 27-31. This intensive, experiential, five-day course enhances your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Earn either continuing education units, 3 hours undergraduate credit, 3 hours graduate credit, or take as … Continued

Chamber Unveils 2017 Legislative Priorities to Improve Business Climate in Columbia

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce released its priorities for the current legislative session. The priorities and positions were carefully and strategically chosen based on the feedback from the businesses community, education entities, legislative members and community leaders. The Chamber’s priorities and positions focus on making Columbia more competitive within the region, state and country. “There … Continued

January 2017 Member News

Member News Newly elected and re-elected Boone County officials will be sworn in on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The Swearing In Ceremony will begin at 11 the Commission Chambers of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, located at 801 E. Walnut in Columbia, MO. These Elected Officials’ terms will begin Sunday, January … Continued

Future Community Leaders Selected

Congratulations to the Future Community Leaders Selected for Leadership Columbia 2017 The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2017.  The following individuals were chosen after review of their past accomplishments, professional interests, and demonstration of potential for future leadership: Kenneth Brooks, University of Missouri (MU … Continued

Preparations for the Business Showcase

Make Preparations Now for the Biggest Day of the Chamber’s Year…Business Showcase Day! One word, 8 letters. A noun. A necessity to all businesses. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “an event, an occasion, that shows the abilities or good qualities of someone or something in an attractive or favorable way.” Any guesses? It’s S H … Continued

December 2016 Member News

Member News FFO Home is partnering with Toys for Tots this year and all of our locations are collecting toys for this great campaign. $25 in Free Accents are being offered when people donate a toy. This promotion lasts until December 19th. You’re invited to the Spring 2017 College, Career & Health Fair on Thursday, … Continued