What to do if my employee tests positive for COVID-19?

“What do I do if one of my employees test positive for COVID-19?” “Do I have to shut down my business if an employee tests positive?” “What to do if my employee tests positive for COVID-19? Will my business be fined if someone is not wearing a mask?”  All businesses should be prepared for the … Continued

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

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

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