February Member News

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.


The Boone County Commission will host Community Information and Listening Sessions at various locations throughout the county regarding the distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The Community Information and Listening Sessions, which are open to the public, will begin Tuesday, February 7, 2023. These sessions will offer community members the opportunity to share their comments and priorities for disbursement of ARPA funding with the Commissioners.

The sessions will also include presentations by the Boone County Commission regarding the application process, timeline, and disbursement schedule for ARPA Funding. The Commission is now accepting applications from businesses and organizations for ARPA funding. The application can be found at https://www.showmeboone.com/commission/arpa.asp.  The first round of funding will allocate up to $15 million in ARPA funds. The application deadline for the first round of funding is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023. Commission approval of applications from the first round of funding is expected by early June 2023.

All Boone County community members are encouraged to attend the Community Information and Listening Sessions at one of the times listed below:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 6:00PM
Hallsville City Hall, 202 MO-124, Hallsville, MO

Wednesday February 8, 2023, at 6:30PM
Centralia City Hall, 114 S. Rollins, Centralia, MO

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 7:30PM
Rocheport Community Hall, 503 3rd Street, Rocheport, MO

Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 6:30PM
Sturgeon Youth Center, 209 S. Turner Street, Sturgeon, MO

Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 6:00PM
Hartsburg Grand, 30 S. 2nd Street, Hartsburg, MO

Friday, February 17, 2023, at 6:00PM
Southern Boone County R-1 Central Office, 5275 W. Red Tail Drive, Ashland, MO

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 7:00PM
Harrisburg R-VIII School District Central Office, 1000 S. Harris Street, Harrisburg, MO

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 6:00PM
Beulah Ralph Elementary School, 5801 S. Hwy KK, Columbia, MO

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 6:00PM
Boone County Commission Chambers, Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO

Community members may also share their comments by completing the survey located at https://arcg.is/00mOfL. Questions may be directed to commission@boonecountymo.org.


Burrell Behavioral Health to continue to Phoenix Programs legacy of substance-use recovery services in Columbia

Burrell Behavioral Health has entered into an agreement with the Phoenix Programs board to transfer certain Phoenix Programs property and assets, including the facility at 90 E. Leslie Lane, to Burrell.

As part of the agreement, Burrell has also agreed to hire all of Phoenix Programs’ employees, which happened in late December 2022. 

Through the transaction, Burrell has been able to carry on key Phoenix services with no gap in care for clients.

Services provided to clients previously by Phoenix Programs will be eligible to receive the full programmatic benefits and administrative support of Burrell, Boone County’s state-designated Community Mental Health Center and its parent company, Brightli.

“Phoenix Programs is a respected agency in central Missouri that shares our values of evidence-based, client-centered care,” said Mat Gass, President of Brightli’s Central Region. “We are very honored and humbled to have been asked to carry on some of their key programs such as substance use and recovery services.”

Burrell will keep and invest in Phoenix’s existing building on Leslie Lane and will name the location Phoenix Clinic, A Burrell Health Center, in recognition of the organization.

Formerly with Phoenix Programs, Teresa Goslin, now a Director of Recovery Services with Burrell, shared that staff and clients have already migrated to Burrell systems. “I’ve gotten to know and work with Burrell over the years and am excited about the future of recovery and substance use services for our community,” Goslin said. 

The Phoenix Clinic fills a gap in Burrell’s array of services and helps clients with easier access to care. Now, an individual in a substance use crisis can utilize Burrell’s Behavioral Crisis Center and be immediately connected with their recovery services at Phoenix Clinic. Similarly, clients at Phoenix Clinic will have faster and easier access to Burrell’s other services including psychiatry, outpatient therapy and more without having to be referred to an outside agency. Both examples demonstrate the comprehensive care Burrell seeks to offer. 

“We are serious in our commitment to serving the needs of the mid-Missouri community and believe the expansion of Burrell’s recovery services is a part of that,” said Gass.


Small Business Development Center offers workshop in partnership with Indeed

Hiring will remain challenging in almost all industries for several years, as labor supply issues persist and struggles to hire employees place unnecessary strain on small businesses having to navigate the economic pressures that surround them. In order to continue to thrive and scale, businesses need to be able to quickly and easily find the employees who match their specific needs.

Join Greg Powell, Small Business Product Expert at Indeed, the world’s #1 job site and leading hiring platform, as he provides Missouri small businesses an overview on how to use Indeed to match and connect with local talent to save you significant time when hiring, and remain competitive in your local labor market.

Contact Mark Christian at christianma@missouri.edu or call 636-357-5745.

Register at this link: missouri.ecenterdirect.com/events/24258
A link to the webinar will be sent out the morning of the event.


That’s What She Said Columbia announces speaker lineup, releases ticket sales for the first CoMo performance in April
Saturday, April 15, 2023, 7 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre

Anticipation is building for the inaugural production of That’s What She Said Columbia, presented by Accounting Plus on Saturday, April 15th at 7 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre. The She Said Project’s annual performance will celebrate the impact of women in our community and provide a platform for their powerful, personal stories.

Each That’s What She Said show features speakers who are contributing to the community in unique ways, with a wide range of identities, professional backgrounds, and life experiences. The inaugural That’s What She Said Columbia will feature the following local women:

  • Dr. Tashel Bordere
  • Mayor Barbara Buffaloe
  • Taylor Freeman
  • Natasha Harris
  • Mary Anne McCollum
  • Dr. Nicole Monnier
  • Valerie Ninichuck
  • Mary Ratliff
  • Dr. Meredith Shaw
  • Jina Yoo

Tickets are on sale now for $40 (plus taxes & fees). Your ticket to the show also includes a complimentary wine, beer, or cider beverage for you to enjoy upon your arrival at the Missouri Theatre. 25% of ticket sales will benefit our nonprofit partner, True North of Columbia. 

Follow us on Facebook @SheSaidCOMO for updates leading up to the show.

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