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

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

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


In this webinar, representatives from The Bank of Missouri, Central Bank, and Williams-Keepers explain the Paycheck Protection Program and answer questions from webinar attendees. Find more information about PPP here.  Find the Chamber’s full presentation here.


The Columbia Chamber of Commerce was joined by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, Jack Howard, to discuss Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CARES Act. This webinar delves into who is eligible for the loan as well as the first steps to consider when … Continued

Chamber Webinar: Virtual COVID-19 Business Community Panel

In an effort to keep our business community informed, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual COVID-19 business community panel. The panel covered our most commonly asked questions. Topics included official city regulations, COVID-19 and your business, and SBA resources and loans. Find the Chamber’s slides here. Find Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human … 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