December 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, Caitlin Ferguson, at [email protected] Weichert, Realtors® – First Tier is proud to announce April Ortiz has joined their Columbia office. Ortiz joins a dedicated team … Continued

What is MO ABLE?

The Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is encouraging Missouri businesses to make it easier for employees with disabilities to save by adding direct deposit opportunities for MO ABLE accounts. Launched in 2017, MO ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save up to $15,000 per year, tax-free, without losing federal benefits like Medicaid and … Continued

Small Business of the Year Finalists Announced!

Congrats to the Small Business of the Year finalists – Just Jeff’s, Restoration Chiropractic, PedNet Coalition, Job Point, and Heart of Missouri CASA! In Missouri, more than 99 percent of businesses are small businesses and nearly half of Missouri employees come from small businesses. Small businesses are also at the core of Columbia. Local businesses … Continued

Business Liability after the Impact of COVID-19

Download the slides here. In this webinar, our guest speaker, Marc Freedman, VP of Workplace Policy Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explains liability issues that businesses need to be aware of and gives suggestions of what to do if your business is faced with one. This webinar also tackles some of the specific liability concerns … Continued

Virtual Community Leadership Panel: Columbia’s Recovery Plan

As part of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s frequent contact with leaders from the City, County, and Public Health department throughout the COVID-19 response, our President, Matt McCormick was joined by Director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, Stephanie Browning, Mayor, Brian Treece, City Manager, John Glascock, and Boone County Presiding Commissioner, Dan … Continued

Working from Home: Mental Wellness & Team Cohesiveness

Rae Lyon, Associate Director, Missouri Training Institute & Dr. Rasha El Kady, a psychiatrist at MU Health Care joined the Chamber to discuss mental wellness and team cohesiveness while working remotely. Download Missouri Training Institute’s slides here. Rae Lyon, Missouri Training Institute & Dr. Rasha El Kady, MU Health Care joined the Chamber to discuss … Continued

Missouri Legislative Update with Senator Caleb Rowden

In one of our largest virtual events to date, Senator Caleb Rowden shares what is happening at our state’s capitol. Senator Caleb Rowden joined the Columbia Chamber of Commerce to deliver an update on what’s happening at Missouri’s capitol. Senator Rowden discussed legislative update covering what the state has done in response to COVID-19, how … Continued

Chamber Webinar: Unemployment & Shared Work

In this webinar, speakers addressed unemployment within your businesses due to COVID-19, and provided an introduction to the Shared Work program which may help you keep your employees on staff. Speakers: Dee Rose, MO Department of Labor, and Tom Sullivan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Watch the webinar below: Download the slide presentation here. Find more … Continued

Chamber Webinar: Cash Flow: PPP, Payroll Tax Credit & Social Security Deferments

In this webinar, local experts will cover various ways to assist with cash flow, including payroll tax credit information, social security deferments, and important updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The guest speakers for this webinar were Jeremy Morris, CPA, and Mark Gingrich, CPA, J.D., Williams-Keepers LLC. Find the Chamber’s full presentation here.


This webinar focuses on HR issues and Labor Laws relating to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase II of the Coronavirus Relief Package). This webinar answers questions such as when to set policies with your employees and if self-employed people can receive unemployment. Speakers: Columbia EDP Center Inc, Harper Evans Wade & Netemeyer Find … Continued