Centralia teacher, MFA ag specialist honored at Agricultural Recognition Banquet

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding members of the mid-Missouri agriculture community at its Agricultural Recognition Banquet on March 23. Jim Gesling of MFA Incorporated received the 2023 Agriculturalist of the Year award, which is given each year to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to help agriculture excel in … 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

Ragtag Film Society Named 2018 Small Business of the Year

Ragtag Film Society was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. RFS is the 26th recipient of this prestigious award. Earlier this year, small businesses were nominated for the award by the business community and Chamber members. From those nominations, five finalists, and the winner, were chosen by … Continued

May 2018 Member News

MEMBER NEWS The Loop Corridor Plan is a new vision for the future of the Business Loop, a street which serves as the entrance to Columbia yet has been neglected for decades. The Business Loop Community Improvement District saw the need to improve The Loop’s identity and position within the broader community. After years of public … Continued

Former Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Receives ACCE Pinnacle Award

Don Laird, who served as Columbia Chamber of Commerce President from 1988 to 2013, has been awarded the Life Member Award by Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recognizing both a lifetime of success in the chamber profession and the ACCE member-for-life status. Nominees must exemplify four principal characteristics: excellence throughout their chamber careers, measurable … Continued