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 impacts our most important population: our students.

Central Bank of Boone County:  Central Bank of Boone County has released the October schedule for ProsperU free financial education classes. You can find more details here: www.centralbank.net/prosperu

City of Columbia CARE Program:  Workshop Wednesdays…the City of Columbia CARE (Career Awareness Related Experience) Program is offering free drop-in employment classes for 6th through 12th grade students on Wednesdays from October to January (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, and 1/29).  CARE staff and volunteers will be available from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on these 15 Wednesdays to provide individualized and small group assistance with making your own resume, making your own cover letter, learning how to get letters of reference, practice interviewing, and applying online for a summer CARE trainee position.  All workshops will be held on the second floor of the Armory Sports Center (701 East Ash St.), which is located at the northeast corner of 7th St. and Ash St.  Free parking is available in the Armory parking lots after 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call the CARE office at (573) 874-6300.

Mid-City Lumber: When Mike Teel returned from the service, he made a visit to the unemployment office who sent him to a local lumber yard. Recently married and starting his family, Mike worked hard to build a career. In 1980, he was offered an opportunity that would prove long-lasting. Encouraged by two of the Wulff brothers, a successful local family in the building industry, Mike became one of the owners of Mid-City Lumber, which had been in business since 1969. “They were great guys,” says Mike. “They wanted to make sure the business worked for me, and they helped me make good decisions.” And it paid off. The original Mid-City location on Paris Road has grown to four locations with over 100 employees.  Mike says he is most proud of the loyal customers and employees who have been part of Mid-City over their 50 years in business. He attributes these relationships to being a resource for the communities they serve and providing a family atmosphere where employees feel truly appreciated.

MU Health Care:  University of Missouri Health Care has been named the first Adult Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a non-profit organization dedicated to leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a severe form of muscular dystrophy caused by a genetic defect that causes progressive muscle degeneration. There is no cure, but recent medical advances have significantly extended life expectancy for those with Duchenne.

MU Office of Extension and Engagement: Join MU leaders, faculty, and staff on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center-Expo, for a fast-paced session focusing on regional and local broadband access. Broadband is a critical factor in economic growth, educational opportunity, and access to healthcare. During featuring sessions keynote speakers and panel and tabletop discussions, we will strategize with legislators, industry partners, and stakeholders on how to make high-speed broadband internet available throughout the state. Register now to attend! 

Shelter Insurance®: Named in Business Insurance and Best Companies Group’s Annual Best Places to Work in Insurance. Shelter Insurance® announced it has once again been named in the annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their outstanding performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow. Shelter was also named on the publication’s 2017 and 2018 Best Places to Work in Insurance feature.

Visionworks Marketing Group:  Visionworks Marketing Group is pleased to announce and welcome Les Borgmeyer to our sales and marketing team as “Market Man.”  Les will be responsible for new business opportunities and creating customized solutions to fulfill our customers’ needs.


Special Invitations


Chamber Members encouraged to attend the Hyperloop event

Virgin Hyperloop One Pod event at University of Missouri


Chamber Members invited to Columbia Police Meet & Greet event

Southwest Columbia Police Meet & Greet event at The Bank of Missouri



All Things Missouri: Broadband
Date: October 24
Time: 8:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Columbia, Holiday Inn Executive Center—Expo (2200 I-70 Dr SW)

Dear Friends of the University of Missouri, 
Please join MU leaders, faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 24 for a fast-paced session that will focus on regional and local broadband access! And please help us get the word out by sharing this information with individuals and entities in mid-Missouri that are interested in this topic. Broadband is a critical factor in economic growth, educational opportunity and access to healthcare — for all of Missouri and beyond. During sessions featuring keynote speakers and panel and tabletop discussions, we will strategize with legislators, industry partners and stakeholders on how to make high-speed broadband internet available throughout the state.
Part I (8:30– 9:55 a.m.): Special guests include Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Chris Chinn, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan and Missouri Director of Broadband Development Tim Arbeiter. Emily Spain of KOMU will serve as panel moderator. Broadband Part I will also be simulcast to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, followed by each university hosting a targeted regional discussion in Part II, with an address by each Chancellor on his or her own campus.
Part II (10–11:45 a.m.): Special guests appearing in Columbia include Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst; Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn; and Ruby Bailey, executive editor of the Columbia Missourian. Emily Spain of KOMU will serve as panel moderator. Mizzou Chancellor Alexander Cartwright will close this session with a Chancellor’s Challenge you won’t want to miss! MU Extension faculty and staff will leave these sessions with a working model and tools to address broadband access and other key issues within their counties and regions.
Register now to attend! 

Sincerely,
Marshall Stewart, EdD
MU Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement
University of Missouri