Columbia businesses, nonprofits and elected officials took some time out of their work day to celebrate and acknowledge the impact their fellow community members are making on the Columbia region. On February 11, the Columbia Chamber hosted its first Yellow Jasmine Awards luncheon, presented by Hayworth Sinker Boyd, P.A. This awards program was created because we at the Columbia Chamber know that our Partners are doing countless things to advance the greater Columbia region and we want to show them our appreciation. We hope this is the beginning of an opportunity to acknowledge many more partners.
Seven deserving award recipients took the stage.
Business Impact Awards recognized a small, medium and large company who has faced and overcome challenges, while growing their companies and providing a positive economic impact for the community.
The Small Business recipient was Gardener Publications LLC. A small Columbia publishing company, Gardener Publications has faced challenges with the turn of the economy and found opportunities to succeed, all the while marketing Columbia’s tourism, hospitality and retail industries to a range of audiences.
McCrory Construction, the winner of the Medium Business Impact Award, exemplifies what it means to work for your customers and to nurture and encourage employee loyalty. It’s use of innovative technology to make the construction process less daunting for customers and the trust it has built with them, all works for foster the business community in the Midlands and other areas.
When Southeastern Freight Line made its first delivery over 60 years ago, the mission of that driver was exactly the same as it is for each associate today: to meet or exceed the needs of every customer – every single time. The driving force behind Southeastern Freight Line is the commitment to adding value through everything they do or, as they say, provide Quality without Question and that is why they are the Large Business Impact Award winner.
The Community Impact Award was given to a nonprofit that not only exemplifies innovative excellence, but also makes a difference in the lives of the people they serve in the Columbia area.
The City Center Partnership works as liaisons between business owners, community leaders and residents to create a unified effort for improving the area. Through their efforts, the dream of Columbia being a place where people can work, live, eat, shop, play, worship and be entertained-in a clean, safe, welcoming environment is becoming a reality.
The New Partner of the Year Awards were presented to a new Columbia Chamber Partner who exhibits a commitment to his or her business, the community and the Columbia Chamber.
Conquest Brewing Company joined the Chamber and immediately hosted a Partner Engagement event. They enjoy their work and it shows in their craft and community support. They are the winner of the New Partner of the Year, Small Category.
Staples joined and immediately began volunteering time to attend events, serve on multiple committees and be a wonderful resource when called on. Staples’ strives to create a culture of total solutions while putting the customer first. Congratulations to Staples, New partner of the Year, Large Category.
The final award of the day, the Friend of Business award was presented to a locally elected official for his or her commitment to economic development and community improvement
Representing Richland County School District 4, Paul Livingston has been a member of Richland County Council for more than 20 years and has been extremely instrumental in guiding county policy. Well versed and trained in the area of economic development, Chairman Livingston has played an integral role in attracting major industry to South Carolina, Richland County and the Midlands. He continues to be a champion for economic development, transportation infrastructure, and providing a business friendly environment in the Columbia Community. Chairman Livingston has a proven track record of success and his leadership greatly benefits his constituents and all components of Richland County.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their contribution to the inaugural Yellow Jasmine Awards. Thank you to our Partners who attended and showed their appreciation for the dedication of our award recipients to the region. Congratulation to the seven award recipients. Like the state flower our businesses grow higher and more successful when given suitable support.