April Member News 2021

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] News from Burrell Behavioral Health: Mathew Gass, President, Central Region, recently marked 10 years with Burrell. Gass oversees staff and … Continued


Update on New Financial Relief & Wayfair

Federal Stimulus This week, with less than 100 days into President Joe Biden’s administration, Congress delivered on his 628-page, $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Non-business specific provisions included $350 billion in direct stimulus to cities and states, $170 billion for K-12 schools, $25 billion in rental assistance, and $100 billion for public health efforts – … Continued


U.S. Chamber Awards Columbia Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation

This week, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Columbia Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. “Now more than ever, chambers of commerce have stepped up to serve as a resource to the business community and advocates of free enterprise,” said … Continued


A Message from Our Chair, Matt Moore

In March 2020, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce was readying for significant changes. We were preparing to launch our Workforce Development Division, add new programming, expand our staff, and continue to support our thriving business community. We did not know we would be facing significant changes to the way our world, community, and organization operate. … Continued


Member News March 2021

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] Crystal Anderson joined the SOA team as Business Manager in November 2020. As Business Manager, Crystal’s primary focus is on … Continued


2021 Legislative Session Update

The 2021 legislative session is in full swing after a rough first month in which each chamber battled COVID-19 outbreaks among staff and legislators alike. While that challenge is ongoing, the House and Senate have managed to continue their work. As always, all eyes are on the budget. Governor Parson’s proposed budget addresses many of … Continued


Member News February 2021

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 Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) was awarded with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal by Destinations International … Continued


Member News January 2021

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] Want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE while getting FREE HELP during the summer?  The City of Columbia’s CARE program hires local … Continued


New COVID-19 Relief Package Breakdown

*This blog post was originally posted on December 22, 2020. It was updated on January 4, 2021. After eight months, Congressional leadership secured a deal for another COVID-19 relief package, as well as come to an agreement on annual defense funding and an overarching budget to fund the federal government through September 2021. The $900 … Continued


Workforce Development Divison Launch

To meet the business community’s workforce needs, the Chamber has launched a Workforce Development Division. The Division’s mission will be to retain talent in Columbia while helping to build a strong workforce of tomorrow. The Division will conduct its first meeting in early January 2021. “We have heard from our business community, the City, and … Continued