Chamber Chat | September 11

On the 14th Anniversary of 9/11, we remember and honor those who lost their lives and those who continue to sacrifice to protect us.

Chamber FYIs
Chamber representatives participate in a variety of meetings and activities each week. Some noteworthy activities from the past week include: the Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Jackson; a planning meeting for the 100 Year Celebration of Fort Jackson; the USO Advisory Board meeting; a meeting with the City Manager to discuss Business Friendly Task Force recommendations for the 2015/2016 year; the City Center Partnership Board meeting; the City of Columbia Office of Economic Development briefing from the Columbia Fireflies Baseball Team; the SCANA Minority Suppliers Council Meeting; the issuing of a letter to the editor opposing the City Council healthcare benefits retirement proposal.

Partners at EdVenture
On Wednesday, more than 100 Partners attended a Partner Engagement at EdVenture. The food, experiments and tours were amazing! Don’t miss next month’s chance to mix and mingle. Save the date for October 22!

Celebrating our top volunteers
At the Diplomat meeting, we thanked outgoing chairperson, Janice Jarvis with Roper Staffing, for her guidance during the past year and welcomed Clay Davenport with AllSouth Federal Credit Union into the leadership role. Mackenzie Taylor, Public Relations & Social Media Specialist for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, was recognized as the Diplomat of the Month. Thanks for being a rock star, Mackenzie!

What to do with all the Money You Saved?
Once you participate in the SmartBuys Program, you are expected to see a hard dollar savings of $1,360 per year. Even better, additional productivity and efficiencies are delivered by taking advantage of these partner-only benefits and first class services that are custom built to your company’s needs. If you are interested in the program, contact Lynn Turbeville.

Welcoming a General
Columbia Chamber is inviting you to attend a welcome breakfast honoring Major General Roger Cloutier on September 16. Come show him that we are the “Most Military Friendly Community in America!” Space is limited and RSVPs are required!

Midday Connections | Get Ready for 2016
Come to the Grassroots Meeting on September 17th as we partner with the S.C. Chamber to identify and address critical issues at the state and local level.

Leadership Columbia Retreat
Sixty members of the 2015 Leadership Columbia Class are currently on a two day retreat. They are working hard to brainstorm ideas for this year’s project. Watch out Columbia! There is no stopping these future leaders!

Upcoming Events:
9/16 General Cloutier Welcome Breakfast | 9/17 Midday Connections | 9/24 113th Annual Gala

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