January 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, Samantha Chandler, at Schandler@comochamber.com.

Valentine’s Day Pottery Date Night! Join Access Arts for a fun, creative night on February 14th from 6-8 pm. Create anything from a heart-shaped bowl to a bouquet of flowers that will last a life-time! We provide all of the materials and professional instruction, you just bring yourselves and bottle of wine if you wish! This event costs $60 per couple, and both participants will get to pick up their fired pieces a few weeks after their event to keep forever. Secure your spot now at https://schoolofservice.org/date-nights.

Columbia College would like to formally invite you to attend our Spring 2024 Career Fair that is taking place on Tuesday, February 13th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at our Columbia, Missouri Main Campus. The fee to register for the fair is $100.00, which includes a full booth setup, signage and lunch for two representatives. If your company is interested in registering, you can click here to be taken to the registration page. We look forward to seeing you in February!

Small Business Update

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
12:00 pm ET

Join us on January 31 at Noon Eastern for a Small Business Update with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley interviewed by CO— Editor-in-Chief Jeanette Mulvey. We will discuss the state of small business in 2024 and highlight topics and issues every small business owner should be aware of including:
•    Regulatory issues impacting small businesses.
•    2024 economic outlook and trends.
•    Updates on on-going challenges and issues impacting small businesses.
•    The thriving startup boom and how entrepreneurs can leverage resources available to help start, run, and grow their businesses.

To register, go to:  Small Business Update with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley (uschamber.com)  



5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM

Come meet and hear from the members of the General Assembly who represent Boone County. Ticket includes heavy appetizers and a drink ticket for beer or wine.

$25 per member, $30 per non-member

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 24th at 5:00 pm.  


To register, go to:  http://www.mizzou.com/BCLegForum  

If you have challenges with the online registration, please call Terri Ogden at 884-9097


Morgan Kopitsky


First Mid Bank & Trust Holds Economic Seminar with ABC National Chief Economist

St. Louis, MO (January 9, 2023) With many questions looming about issues such as inflation and job growth in 2024, First Mid Bank & Trust (First Mid) is offering people a unique opportunity to hear from a national expert on where economic trends are heading. The bank is hosting a seminar called, “The Good, The Bad & the Ugly: A 2024 Economic Forecast,” with ABC National Chief Economist Dr. Anirban Basu.
Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., is an economic expert who created a client base that
spans more than 40 states and seven countries, including Fortune 500 Companies, NFL teams, state and local governments, real estate developers, insurance companies, law firms, and more. He’s also been named one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people and Baltimore’s 20 most powerful business leaders. During the seminar, Basu plans to offer in-depth analysis on major factors shaping economic results, including interest rates, global conflict, wage dynamics, business confidence, and demographics.
Steve Cooper, Division President at First Mid, says, “We recognize the pivotal nature of 2024, with its
noteworthy events such as a presidential election, escalating consumer debt, geopolitical complexities, and enduring high interest rates. This exclusive economic seminar, designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of the intricate economic landscape, will give valuable insights and a nuanced understanding of the potential risks and challenges that may arise in the coming year.”
Bruce Dyck, St. Louis Regional Community President, adds, “This event, an opportunity to connect with industry experts, fellow business owners, and thought leaders, is a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing our clients with the resources and insights they need to thrive in today’s economic environment.”

Open to the public, the event is being held on Thursday, January 18 at the Missouri Athletic Club’s Crystal
Room in downtown St. Louis. Breakfast and networking starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by the seminar and live Q&A from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. To register for the event, go to
www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HRXTWP. Those interested in registering can also contact their First Mid banker.

About First Mid Bancshares, Inc.: First Mid Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid Bank &
Trust, N.A., First Mid Insurance Group, and First Mid Wealth Management Company. First Mid is an $8.0
billion community-focused organization that provides financial services including banking, insurance, wealth management, brokerage, and ag services through a network of locations in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a loan production office in Indiana. Together, our First Mid team takes great pride in providing solutions and services to our customers and communities and has done so since 1865. More information about the Company is available on our website at firstmid.com. Our stock is traded in The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the ticker symbol “FMBH”. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

Access Arts Welcomes New Executive Director With Local Ties
Columbia, MO – Access Arts’ Board of Directors has hired Sarah Catlin to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. Sarah is passionate about the arts and creating opportunities for underserved communities, and this new role fits her expertise in both non-profit
management and her ability to strengthen relationships within our beloved community. “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Access Arts! As the daughter of a retired public school teacher and one of the founders of YAAL ROCK!, the mission of making arts education accessible to all aligns with my own values,” says Sarah. “I look forward to creating more community partnerships, capitalizing on the potential of the Cottle Drive space, and expanding our available scholarships.” Most recently, Sarah served as the Director of Underwriting for KOPN, but she has also served as the community radio station’s General Manager. She is also heavily involved in Women’s
Network, a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Sarah has extensive volunteer experience with local organizations such as Boone County Muleskinners, LeadMO, Downtown Columbia Leadership Council, YAAL Rock! (formerly CoMO Girls Rock!), Citizen Jane Film Festival, Ragtag Film Society and formerly served as a board member at Access Arts.
“I believe Sarah’s energy and positive connections in the community will propel the organization
forward and continue the great work of bringing accessible arts education to Mid-Missouri,” says
Lisa Franko, Coordinator for Youth Programs and recently serving as Interim Executive Director
at Access Arts. “I look forward to seeing the organization continue its legacy under her
leadership! I ask that our supporters, both past and present, welcome Sarah into our
January class registration at Access Arts is currently open on their website
(https://schoolofservice.org/adult). In addition to the organization’s popular School’s Out
programming, Access Arts offers weekly adult clay, fibers, 2D and Date Night classes, as well
as youth fibers, clay and 2D classes.
For over 50 years, Access Arts has been serving the Columbia community by making art
accessible to anyone regardless of age, ability or economic circumstance. Unique class
offerings take place inside spacious studios with professional equipment and high-quality
For additional information about Access Arts, please contact (573) 875-0275 or email

January member news - block kid competition

Stonebridge House Hosts CoMoGives Fundraiser at DogMaster Distillery

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Dec. 13) — On December 19 from 4 to 6 p.m., Stonebridge House will be hosting bingo at DogMaster Distillery as part of the CoMoGives fundraiser. The fundraiser supports Stonebridge House and their mission.   

Stonebridge House is a two-bed facility in downtown Columbia that was established to help support women coming out of incarceration. This facility offers stability for women by providing food, clothing, shelter, guidance and additional resources as they plan goals for the future.

“Stonebridge House helps provide women with a really strong beginning of their new story. This solid foundation can allow them to give back to the community in ways that you can’t even imagine,” said Rebekah Robertson, founder and executive director at Stonebridge House. “I’m just giving them what they need so they can do great things; so far, that’s what I’ve seen happen.”

Carmen Randall, training and development specialist at Central Bank of Boone County, is a board member for Stonebridge House and helped facilitate the relationship between Stonebridge House and Central Bank of Boone County.

“This house offers Columbia the opportunity to invest in members of the community that have put a lot of work into building a better life for themselves and their families,” said Randall. “The residents of Stonebridge House are extremely brave with a lot of heart. They want the opportunity to build a life that will afford them the relationships, skills and respect that will make them feel that they bring value to the community.”

With an in-depth transition process and step-by-step support system, residents are able to progress toward their goals. Stonebridge House is working to grow their facility and provide assistance to even more women. The facility is involved with and helps other organizations who share the same mission as well.

“My favorite part is sitting down with the women and getting to know them as well as giving them a home plan that they can really count on,” Robertson said. “They have a ramp to something great. It’s a great opportunity to share that hope, the plans and the dreams.”

There are various ways to get involved and help support Stonebridge House including volunteering, monetary donations as well as donations of furniture, clothes, food or cleaning supplies.

For more information on Stonebridge House, please visit their website at https://stonebridgehouse.org/. To donate through CoMoGives, visit https://comogives.com/product/stonebridge-house/.  

For more information, contact Kylie Teem, kteem@wearewoodruff.com, 816.255.1917.

About Stonebridge House:

Stonebridge House is a 2-bed facility in downtown Columbia that provides shelter and guidance for 12 months to women coming out of prison. While living in the house, residents are matched with the resources they need while they attain independence and stability. There may be two people living at the house at a time. There is a separate room where their minor children may stay with them temporarily. Residents will focus solely on their personal journey from custody to community living.

About Central Bank of Boone County:

Central Bank has over 165 years of experience serving the Boone County area with legendary service, financial expertise and exceptional products. Our management and employees are local, so with our strong roots, we strive to be the best at what we do to ensure our goal of strengthening the health of the community.

Central Bank of Boone County invests more than a quarter million dollars each year into more than 150 nonprofit organizations and their projects. If something is important to the community, the bank is there to help. But beyond the dollars, volunteerism isn’t just expected of our employees, it’s required. The bank has a Community Involvement Committee that coordinates efforts for events such as the Show-Me Games, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and numerous other fundraising events.

Central Bank of Boone County is a division of the Central Trust Bank. The Central Trust Bank is headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, and has been serving businesses and customers since 1902. The bank is built on a strong foundation of people, community service, and technology. The Central Trust Bank is a $20 billion Missouri state-chartered trust company with more than 250 locations in 78 communities.

January member news - Jason Ramsey promoted

The Callaway Bank Promotes Jason Ramsey  

December 19, 2023– Jason Ramsey has been promoted to Vice President by The Callaway Bank’s Board of Directors.  Since joining the Bank in 2015, Ramsey has served as a Commercial Lender with primary responsibilities of developing and servicing commercial banking relationships in Boone County and surrounding areas. 

“Jason has many great traits, but in particular, his success is rooted in being genuine and speaking truth with our clients and our team; plus listening, collaborating, and solving creatively, and doing so with a spirit of enthusiasm and positivity,” says President & CEO Kim Barnes.  “We’re very proud to have Jason’s leadership on our team.”

Ramsey currently chairs the Enterprise Development Corp Board of Directors while also serving on their loan review committee. Appointed to the MO Higher Education Loan Authority in 2017, his commitment continues today.  Realizing the importance of giving back, Ramsey previously served as president of the Board of Directors for the Central MO Community Action Agency, and he is a member of the Elks Lodge #594 in Columbia. 

Ramsey earned a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University and received his master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Columbia with daughters, Olivia and Isabelle.

Hug a Hero” Raises Money for Mid-Missouri Fisher House

January member news - Fischer House raises money

COLUMBIA, MO – Central Bank of Boone County (CBBC) and Central Bank of Audrain County (CBAC) collected $4,925 in donations for the Mid-Missouri Fisher House at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital during its “Hug a Hero” event in the month of November. Visitors could donate $10 to the Fisher House and receive a “Hug a Hero” hat at any Boone or Audrain County branch location. The check was presented to The Fisher House this morning at a bank wide celebration.

The Mid-Missouri Fisher House serves as a “home away from home” for the families of
Veterans or military service members receiving treatment at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Medical Center. There is no cost to stay and there is no financial eligibility required.

Central Bank of Boone County and Central Bank of Audrain County are divisions of The
Central Trust Bank. The Central Trust Bank is headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, and has been serving businesses and customers since 1902. The bank is built on a strong foundation of people, community service, and technology. The Central Trust Bank is a $20 billion Missouri state chartered trust company with more than 250 locations in 78 communities. For more information, visit www.centralbank.net. For more information on this specific topic, contact Mary Wilkerson at 573-874-8534 or mary.wilkerson@centralbank.net.


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PO Box 1016
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