Chamber Chat | April 10

Advocacy
Tuesday morning’s Issues Forum featured Representatives Nathan Ballentine and Joe Neal who discussed share their thoughts on the infrastructure bill. Three plans have been introduced: a House plan, a Senate plan and one from Gov. Haley. Having a reliable infrastructure plan and sustainable funding is vital to existing businesses and to the support new business development. We encourage you to contact your legislators and ask them come together to agree on a comprehensive and sustainable funding plan.


Partnership
The Chamber met with Your Chamber Connection (YCC) to begin the planning process from our June Partnership event. The Chamber experienced huge success in 2013 with our previous event and looks forward to this year’s. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

“Fore!”
As golf enthusiasts from around the county headed to the Masters this week, the Columbia Chamber’s Golf Committee sat down to discuss how we could make this year’s tournament the best yet. Based on feedback from previous years, we decided upon one tee time, new gifts, a big party and more ways to better connect our Partners. Find out more here.

Mark Your Calendars
Education Rocks! is next week and the Chamber is excited to honor the Teachers of the Year from Richland 1, Richland 2, Lexington 1, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4, Lexington-Richland 5, Fairfield County, Kershaw County, Newberry County and the Department of Juvenile Justice. More information on celebrating those who educate and train our future workforce can be found here.

The 2015 Small Business Week agenda is now available! The Columbia Chamber, the City of Columbia and Richland County join together to celebrate the importance of Columbia’s small businesses from May 4-8. Check out this year’s agenda here.

Professional Development
Columbia Opportunity Resource hosted the National Campus Leadership Council’s (NCLC) Students Speak Series at the Columbia Chamber. Student body leaders from local Columbia colleges met with the business leaders to identify shared challenges and potential solutions in navigating local skills gaps. The roundtable explored how these trends affect the Midlands’ economic recovery and how the two communities can collaborate to solve it.

Leadership Columbia applications are now available online for the 2015-2016 class! Leadership Columbia is a 10-month training course that offers emerging and existing community leaders the opportunity to be a part of a group that is moving Columbia forward. The 2014-2015 LC Class headed the Shared Streets Project in order to improve ways pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and cars share safe and attractive Columbia streets.

Save the Date:
4/14 Small Business Workshop | 4/15 IT Council Luncheon | 4/15 Partner Orientation | 4/16 Education Rocks! | 4/23 Coffee Connections | 5/4 Small Business Week | 5/7 Golf Tournament

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