Class Members Selected for Leadership Columbia 2019

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will be giving 31 business and community members insights into the issues and trends facing Columbia and Missouri through the Leadership Columbia 2019 program, set to begin in January. The class was selected from a pool of applicants after review of their past accomplishments, professional interests, community involvement, and demonstration … Continued


Chamber Outlines Priorities to Strengthen Business Community With 2019 Local Agenda

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce released its 2019 Local Agenda and priorities for the City of Columbia and Boone County. The policies addressed in the agenda were strategically chosen based off a combination of the Chamber’s Strategic Plan and feedback from the business community. The Chamber’s priorities represent and advocate for what Columbia’s citizens and … Continued


2018 Third Quarter Cost of Living Statistics Released for Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Numbers continue to prove that living in Columbia is easier on your bottom line. Living costs in Columbia were 7.3 percent 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 92.7 for … Continued


Sold Out Plane of Columbia Leaders to Visit Ann Arbor This Month

The Chamber will conduct its fifth annual community Leadership Visit to learn from a peer city; this year heading to Michigan to dialogue with leaders from Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. A total of 71 Chamber member businesses, as well as civic, nonprofit, education, and other local leaders will participate in the visit September 11-13. … Continued


Congratulations to the 2018 Leadership Columbia Graduates

The Chamber graduated 31 area professionals from the Leadership Columbia Class of 2018 in a luncheon banquet.  Prior to the graduation ceremony, the class reflected on future leadership opportunities and the highlights of the six-month program, which developed awareness of personal leadership styles and skills, while also exploring unique facets of the Columbia community, organized … Continued


Chamber Hosts Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on a Tour of Columbia

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is set to become the 57th Governor of Missouri on Friday, June 1, 2018 as he is officially sworn in at 5:30 p.m. Parson is no stranger to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He has spoken with members at the Quarterly Membership Breakfast just after he was elected Lt. Gov. … Continued


Leadership Visit 2018 Headed to Ann Arbor, MI

The Leadership Visit is an annual trip coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce which exposes Columbia and Boone County leaders to the best ideas of nationally recognized communities throughout the United States. The visiting delegation meets with leaders from the host community to openly discuss challenges and opportunities their community is facing. Goals are to: … 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


Showcase CoMo A Huge Hit In Its First Year

All of the best events get reevaluated and move forward to become even more successful! But, how do you define the success of an event? Depending on who you ask, the answers will vary. One business owner might set a goal to book 5 qualifying appointments. Another business owner might want to gather 200 email … Continued


Chamber Graduates the Junior Leadership Columbia Class of 2018

Twenty-five students from several area high schools graduated from the Chamber’s 2018 Junior Leadership Columbia program on April 9. Students were joined by program and Chamber leadership, as well as their family and friends to celebrate the conclusion of a nine-month program, which explored local industry areas and centered on topics integral to leadership. Through … Continued