Special Session Ends. Possibility of Another.

Almost a month ago, the Chamber reported on the Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address “violent crime” had taken yet another turn when the Missouri House of Representatives divided his six proposals into six separate bills. See our previous update for a detailed explanation of said six proposals. Although this process seemingly … Continued


Protect our Economy – Wear a Facemask

Support Columbia – Do Your part to keep the local economy open The Chamber encourages face mask wearing for all able individuals, along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, as a way to control our community’s COVID-19 cases. By decreasing or controlling the number of positive COVID-19 cases, … 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


Member News September 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. If you have something to share email Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] Columbia’s chapter of the ACA Business Columbia Club is hosting a open … Continued


Special Session Takes Special Time

On Monday, July 27th, the Missouri General Assembly gaveled in a Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address ‘violent crime.’ Although substantive work did not begin until after the August 4th Primary Election, the state Senate managed to pass the Governor’s reform package as an all-encompassing omnibus bill, Senate Bill 1. Meanwhile, the … Continued


Medicaid Expansion Passed

On Tuesday, August 4th Missouri became the 38th state to vote in favor of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This effort, endorsed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will make all adults in the state ages 19 to 65 whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or below eligible for Medicaid … Continued


Special Sessions & Violent Crime

A couple of weeks ago, Governor Mike Parson announced he would call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to convene on Monday, July 27th, to address ‘violent crime.’ The legislative priorities of this particular special session include six public safety-related issues meant to curb violent crime across Missouri. One proposal by the Governor’s … Continued


Member News August 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. If you have something to share email Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] Students are returning to Columbia this fall and eagerly seeking part-time … Continued


YesOn2: The Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Missouri Medicaid expansion

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, during a routine meeting, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse Medicaid expansion in Missouri. The Chamber has previously endorsed Medicaid expansion within its 2014 Legislative Agenda.   The board’s decision came from numerous factors including independent studies. States that have already enacted expansion have projected … Continued


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