August Member News 2022

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Caitlin Ferguson, at caitlin@comochamber.com.


Compass Health Network is excited to announce the new location of our Pediatric Dental Clinic! While we anxiously await the completion of our Comprehensive Children’s Center, set to be completed in the Spring of 2023, our Pediatric Dental Clinic will be located at 303 N. Keene Suite 202 in Columbia, MO!

Our Pediatric Dental Clinic offers the latest and most innovative dental treatments in a child-friendly space, providing oral health care from infancy through adolescence. Our professionals have an additional two to three years of training and education, including behavioral management and child psychology to help with all aspects of a child’s dental health care. We provide new patient exams, preventive care, SDF, Oral sedation, emergency dental care, and dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia. We accept most major commercial dental insurances, Medicaid, and offer a sliding scale for those without coverage.

Our Pediatric Dental team is led by two Board Certified Pediatric Dentists, Dr. Sujatha Sivaraman, and Dr. Kristal Raya. Dr. Sivaraman has been a familiar face at Compass Health and has been with us since she started at Family Health Center in 2012. When she started, there were only two dental chairs in the clinic, and now, at our new clinic we have 21 chairs! Dr. Raya joined the team in 2020 after graduating from NYU Langone Hospital earlier that year. In her second year of residency Dr. Raya was selected as Chief Resident! Both Dr. Raya and Dr. Sivaraman are passionate about disease prevention and access to care in underserved communities, which are reasons they both chose to specialize in pediatric dentistry.

Compass Health will be hosting an Open House for our Pediatric Clinic and General Dentistry Clinic (located across the hall from the pediatric clinic) on Tuesday, June 21, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Please stop by for a tour of our kid-approved, colorful new space and an opportunity to meet your local dentists!


The Missouri Job Center – Columbia is excited to announce that the Central Region Job Centers have joined forces with The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development and Coursera, to offer over 4,000 cutting-edge courses free to Missourians. 

Coursera, the world’s learning platform, is providing Missourians with a transformative learning experience that empowers citizens to gain skills and help them with career development.

Coursera can help Missourians: learn in-demand skills in subjects like technology and business that prepare you for today’s job opportunities; enjoy interactive learning experiences and be a part of Coursera’s global learning community. Course videos, readings, and assignments are multi-language; work at your own pace with Coursera’s bite-sized sessions and self-paced learning model. You can download the Coursera mobile app to learn new skills anytime, anywhere; and earn university-accredited certifications from leading global institutions that can help boost your resume.

Applicants will fill out a short inquiry form and a Central Region Job Center team member will then contact them to determine eligibility and begin enrollment. Once enrolled, Coursera will send an email within 2 business days, then participants can register for free online courses and complete courses at their own pace. Applicants can apply at cwdregion.com/coursera

The Central Workforce Development Region exists to strengthen communities through workforce development efforts, which includes providing employers a skilled workforce and helping job seekers access jobs and increase their skills.

The work done to assist the communities of mid-Missouri is a collective effort of the Central Ozarks Private Industry Council (COPIC), the Office of Workforce Development (OWD), and the Central Workforce Development Board (CWDB), along with numerous community partners. Services are provided through four comprehensive Job Centers, including Rolla, four satellite locations and an administrative office.


Columbia Farmers Market is encouraging supporters to cast their vote in the 14th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration, presented by American Farmland Trust and Farmers Market Coalition. Between June 20 – September 19, 2022, visit markets.farmland.org, find your favorite market, and vote to put it in the running for national recognition and cash prizes. Columbia Farmers Market received the most votes and was awarded the #1 “People’s Choice Farmers Market” in the Nation, the Midwest, and Missouri in 2021.

In 2022, the Celebration will award a record $10,000 in total cash awards to the top five markets in America– $5,000 for first, $2,500 for the second, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth, and $250 for fifth. These funds will be awarded to markets for marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact. 

American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land, has run the Celebration for 14 consecutive years, elevating the increasingly essential role farmers markets play in providing communities with access to fresh, locally grown food and connecting farmers directly with their customers. In 2021, the Farmers Market Coalition joined the Celebration as a new partner and co-sponsor of the event. 

“In many regions, especially during these unprecedented times, farmers markets have been vital to keeping existing farms in business and enabling new farms to get started,” said John Piotti, American Farmland Trust President and CEO. “At AFT, we believe that every farmers market in America is special in its own way, helping to connect farmers to customers, and customers to local, healthy food.” 

“Columbia Farmers Market has accomplished astounding growth and successes over the past ten years, and as a result, mid-Missouri put the market on the national map in 2021, by voting us as the #1 farmers market in the nation, midwest, and Missouri. We’d be honored if our community awarded us this recognition two years in a row,”  said Corrina Smith, Columbia Farmers Market’s Executive Director. “The market and the Agriculture Park have become a blueprint for markets across the country, and we’re privileged to play a small role in raising awareness of all of the achievements farmers markets are doing across the country.”

To learn more and participate, visit markets.farmland.org today. The Celebration will run during the summer season and end promptly at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 19, 2022.


N.H. Scheppers Distributing is pleased to announce a partnership with Jefferson City’s Last Flight Brewing Company to distribute Last Flight’s craft beers in Boone County.

Opened in March of 2021 in the heart of Jefferson City, Last Flight Brewing Company has quickly established itself a destination for great beers and a fantastic atmosphere to spend time with friends. “We’re really excited to bring Last Flight’s fantastic beers to Columbia and all of Boone County,” according to Joe Priesmeyer, President of Scheppers Distributing. “They’re really good people who make really great beers.”

Last Flight is making some of their most popular beers available in Boone County. Those include:

Jeff City Lager (5.1% ABV, 10 IBU)     Light and crisp American Lager.
Schwarzbier (6.8% ABV, 22 IBU)        Dark and roasted flavors with lager crispness.
Raspberry Sour (4.7% ABV, 11 IBU)   “Tart” is the best word to describe this light, fruited kettle sour.
Toad Strangler IPA (7.6% ABV, 43 IBU)         West Coast IPA.
Blueberry Wheat (5.0% ABV, 17 IBU)           American Wheat Style Ale.

N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company, founded in 1950, has become Central Missouri’s premier beverage distributor. Scheppers Distributing has set the standard for beverage distribution in Mid-Missouri, operating 12 delivery routes and warehouse facilities in Columbia, Jefferson City to ensure prompt delivery and consistent availability of the freshest products in the industry for our customers.


City of Columbia’s Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District has grant funding available for projects and programs in mid-Missouri which will:

– Reduce solid waste generated,
– Reuse material otherwise sent to the landfill,
– Improve recycling access or operations,
– Educate about reducing waste; or
– Develop new markets for recovered waste.

We have over $600,000 available for FY23 grants, with small grants up to $10k and large grants up to $100k. Available to municipalities, counties, schools, non-profits, businesses, or individuals in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, or Osage county.

Please take a look at this informational flyer for more information and project idea prompts. You can also visit RecycleMidMo.com or attend one of our upcoming workshops.

Thanks so much for your time and I look forward to assisting you in the grant process to improve our mid-Missouri community!

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