Member News July 2020

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. Check back throughout the month for additional updates or events. ProsperU is offering free online financial education classes this month. See the schedule below and find more information on PropserU here. Date and Time Class Wednesday, July 8 … Continued

Chamber Benefit Plan

There’s Strength in Numbers A medical plan that lets small businesses join together for more plan options and lower rates Say hello to the Chamber Benefit Plan. A multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) designed for businesses like yours. When it comes to providing employees with cost-saving health care coverage, small businesses are at a big … Continued

The Road to Lasting Change

Along with the rest of the world, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce has been heartbroken to see the recent tragic deaths and violent treatment of black Americans. We want to make it clear to our community, membership, and region that we stand against injustice. As these events continue to impact our community and the country … Continued

MU Partners with Community to Produce Face Shields

By Jordan Yount The MU College of Engineering is working with the Columbia STEM Alliance, Columbia Public Schools, the Columbia Police Department, Boone County and the MU-COVID-19 Task Force to manufacture face shields for first responders and health care workers at no cost. Bill Moore, BS ’77, MS ’85 CiE, the board president of the … Continued

Membership Survey Results

In an effort to best serve our membership and maintain our mission to lead our community, drive commerce in our region, and advance community and regional collaborations, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce conducted a membership survey between May 7 – 17, 2020.The survey was completed by 177 individuals. 152 respondents are current Chamber members and … Continued

Additional Paycheck Protection Program Funding

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) originally authorized  $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. After passing through the Senate, it is expected that the House will vote this week on the approval of an additional $320 billion to go towards PPP. If you have questions about eligibility … Continued

City of Columbia Microenterprise Loans

Thank you to The District and The City of Columbia for sharing their April 14 virtual Q & A. Columbia City Council has approved the reallocation of $90,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for a Microenterprise Recovery Loan Program.  These microloans will provide capital to assist small businesses in maintaining operations during the COVID-19 public … Continued

COVID-19 Related Scams to be Aware of

Thank you to Keith Heckman, Columbia EDP Center Inc. for the below information. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, so does uncertainty and fear: two elements that con artists thrive on. During these stressful times, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends consumers to be especially alert to avoid falling for a scam. Below are the top six … Continued

We’re in this together: A Message from the Business Community

A joint message from Columbia’s business community: The Chamber of Commerce, REDI, Heart of Missouri United Way, The District Downtown, and The Loop. You hear a lot about supporting local business in Columbia and now is the time we prove it’s more than just a slogan. We’ve heard from so many people over the past … Continued

What you need to know about preparing your business and employees for COVID-19

As with any illness, it’s essential to keep yourself and your staff safe and up to date on health guidelines. As a Chamber, we encourage our community’s business leaders to take care of themselves and their employees. As part of disease management, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all sick employees stay home … Continued