Chamber Chat | April 24

Business Friendly Richland County
Congratulations to Richland County Development Services, who won a National Customer Service Award! The Annual Teamwork Excellence Award is a great honor and testament to the commitment of the Department and County towards fostering economic growth in our community. The Business Friendly Task Force is currently working towards completion of the City and County improvement opportunities.

Military Relations
This week, Carl presented an update on the Chamber’s military support program to the City Council.  The program was well received and the Chamber was applauded for their outstanding leadership at the recent U.S. Army Community Listening Session.

The Chamber also hosted local business leaders for a mission briefing by BG Dave Glaser, Chief of Staff, Army Central, based in Sumter at Shaw Air Force. The meeting provided a forum to introduce General Glaser to members of the local business community.

Federal Budget
The Republican-controlled Congress is close to passing a Federal Budget, which has not been done since 2009. There are several positive initiatives in the proposed budget including a substantial increase in Defense Spending. This is very promising for our “Save our Fort” campaign effort. While not specifically earmarked for maintaining domestic Military infrastructure, this shows that Congress has at least gotten the message that it needs to invest more resources to properly fund our Military.

A little birdie told me…
The Columbia Chamber’s Golf Tournament is almost here and this year’s tournament will be the best yet! Hint, one tee time, new gifts, and a big party at the end. Register here and use the promotional code Blog20 for 20% off your registration now through Tuesday.

Small Business
Need to know the essentials to apply for financing? Then this workshop is for you!

Small Business Week is May 4-8 and the Columbia Chamber, the City of Columbia and Richland County have some excellent resources for you! You can view the full agenda here or tune into WACH Fox on Sunday at 10AM for more information.

Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, Oh My!
Thursday, the Chamber held its bi-monthly Coffee Connections breakfast in the Northeast. Attendees learned successful social media strategies and how to engage customers and drive traffic to their website using social media. The next Coffee Connections is set for June 18.

Wednesday, the Columbia Chamber attended the grand opening of the Essex Homes Performance Lounge. The lounge will allow for live performances on all of your favorite Clearwater Stations. This is good news for music lovers and concert goers!

Do you think you have what it takes to become a CEO, CFO, or other C-suite level executive?  Then this Table for Six event is for you!  Our executive table hosts will share the secrets of their success with COR members and friends on April 29 at 5:30 PM.  There are only a few tickets left! Get your ticket now.

Save the Date:
4/29 COR Table for Six | 5/4 Small Business Week | 5/5 Chamber Issues Forum | 5/7 Golf Tournament | 5/12 LCAA 18th Annual Leadership Summit


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