What Was Discussed on the Leadership Visit to Tuscaloosa?

The annual Leadership Visits are a wonderful opportunity for Chamber members and community leaders to discuss ideas to improve our community.  We have seen exciting results from past trips, such as the High School 2.0 collaboration that Columbia Public Schools and Moberly Area Community College announced earlier this month for participating students to earn an … Continued


Member News January 2020

Check-in on some of our members’ news and upcoming events. Check back to this page as we will add additional stories throughout January. Columbia Parks & Recreation Department: Do you know any teenagers who want to gain valuable employment skills while earning a paycheck this summer?  The CARE Summer Program is for 14- to 20- … Continued


What does the U.S. Census do?

The 2020 Census will be here before we know it. Its results will impact our community in a variety of ways. The census is conducted every ten years. The census is used to get a broader sense of the population in general. This information then is used to calculate the number of seats that each … Continued


Leadership Columbia 2020 Class Members Announced

33 business and community members will be developing their leadership competencies and gaining insights into the issues and opportunities facing Columbia during Leadership Columbia 2020, set to kick off in January.  The applicant pool was the highest received in the past five years, making the selection process especially difficult for the Steering Committee.  Selection included … Continued


Member News December 2019

December has arrived! Check-in on some of our members’ news and upcoming events. Check back to this page as we will add additional stories throughout December. MEMBER NEWS AND UPDATES: Columbia Parks & Recreation Department: Do you know any teenagers who want to gain valuable employment skills while earning a paycheck this summer?  The CARE … Continued


Lunch with a Leader: Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe joined the Columbia Chamber of Commerce at The State Historical Society of Missouri for the November installment of our Lunch with a Leader series. Lunch with a Leader is a chance for our community to get face to face with our civic leaders, an opportunity that can be rare with our overhauled … Continued


Small Business Expo 2019

On November 7, 2019, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its 14th annual Small Business Expo at the Parkade Center located on Business Loop. The event included 40 small businesses from a variety of industries, from the arts to woodworking. Attendees made new connections while indulging in Red Lobster cheddar biscuits and margaritas from La … Continued


Member News November 2019

As we end our October 2019 on a snowy note (whoever heard of a white Halloween!?) check out some of our member news and upcoming events. Check back to this page as we will add additional stories throughout November. Member News and Updates: The Loop: In early October, Jabberwocky Studios and the Loop Community Improvement … Continued


Columbia Leaders Return with Ideas from Tuscaloosa

Last month, 70 representatives of Columbia-area businesses, public entities, higher education and more joined the Chamber for a Leadership Visit to Tuscaloosa, AL. A breadth of topics were covered over the three day trip, but a few of the exchanges that rose to the top among participants included a presentation from Mayor Walt Maddox, a tour … Continued


Member News October 2019

Member News & Updates Burrell Behavioral Health: With suicide rates skyrocketing and mental health at the forefront of our national conversation, Burrell Behavioral Health will host its first-ever Youth Mental Health Conference on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at the Double Tree Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.to further the conversation about mental health and how it … Continued