February 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.

Job Point is pleased to announce the completion of renovations on five bathrooms and the installation of a new shower for students at their headquarters at 400 Wilkes Boulevard. The renovation work was completed by Coil Construction of Columbia, MO.

Job Point was pleased to partner with Coil Construction for the completion of these vital renovations, of which Coil Construction donated $30,000 in labor and materials.

“They have an outstanding reputation for doing excellent work in a timely manner and with their incredibly generous and gracious donation, the price was right,” Steve Smith, President and CEO of Job Point said.  “Their team was courteous and efficient and we are happy with how the project turned out.”

“Coil Construction is dedicated to building community by giving back through service,” said Barry Dennison, Director of Facilities at Coil Construction. “We believe in sharing our generosity with organizations like Job Point that make our community a better place to live and work.”

Since purchasing the building in 2019, Job Point has taken on the task of renovating it to enhance the safety and efficiency of the building and making it a better fit for the needs of the organization. Projects have been completed as funds have allowed, based on urgency and their impact on mission.

“Bathrooms were an urgent need,” Smith said. “Not only did we need to ensure that they were safe, reliably functional and efficient, we also saw a great need for adding shower facilities for our students and clients.”

“Students spend part of their day in the classroom and part of it working on the job site. As you can imagine, at times having a shower readily available is of great benefit to all involved,” Smith added.

To help cover the costs of renovating the building, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits are available from the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development for donors. Businesses and individuals with business income qualify. Fifty percent of the value of the donation received may be deducted from the bottom line of tax owed to the State of Missouri. All gifts will enable building improvements to enhance safety for staff, students and guests, increase accessibility as well as improve energy efficiency of Job Points operations, allowing the organization to serve more people through their training and employment services. Credits may be carried forward for 5 years. Donors may also be eligible for state and federal tax deductions for their contribution. Contact Job Point today to take advantage of this program.

House of Brokers Realty proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary in Columbia in on December 9, 2021. In addition to a ribbon cutting hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors, House of Brokers celebrated with clients, family, friends and affiliates.

The event also included fundraising efforts, including a silent wreath auction, which raised $3,000 for Pascale’s Pals, a nonprofit benefitting children and families receiving care at MU Health Care Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“We are honored and grateful that our community has entrusted us with their real estate needs for the last four decades,” said Bev Curtis, Owner of House of Brokers in a statement on their social media accounts. “Thank you to our entire community for your continued support over the last 40 years!”

Scooter’s Coffee, best known for its amazingly fast drive-thru, specialty coffee, and baked-from-scratch pastries, added a new location at 2101 West Ash Street in Columbia, Missouri. To celebrate, the drive-thru location will be hosting a Grand Opening on Friday, January 21, where the first 100 customers will receive a free $5 gift with a purchase of $10 or more! In addition, customers can earn 50 bonus Smiles when they pay with the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app.

With the app, customers earn 3 “Smiles” for every dollar spent, and once they reach 180 Smiles, they earn a free drink. All customers start in the Scooter Doodle status level, with perks that include a free drink on their birthday and surprise rewards, exclusive to the mobile app only. After earning 500 Smiles, customers move into the Caramelicious® status level with additional perks.

To pay with the app, customers simply need to link a credit card and tap “Pay in Stores” from the home screen. Then, if they choose to tip, they can select a custom amount or percentage prior to scanning their app. Customers also have the option to pay with cash or a gift card and still earn loyalty through the app by using the “Scan to Earn Loyalty” Only QR code.

The drive-thru location is owned by Kevin Hall. Hall also owns the two other Scooter’s Coffee locations in Columbia on Highway 63 and Grindstone Parkway.

Scooter’s Coffee is a drive-thru franchise that has been serving world-class coffee for more than 20 years and has over 350 locations in 23 states across the nation. With commitments to build new stores in 30 states, the company plans to open many additional locations in 2022. Its signature drink is the Caramelicious, and the menu features an array of specialty espresso beverages, single-origin coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull Infusions, Cold Brew, baked-from-scratch pastries, and savory breakfast options. Scooter’s Coffee also recently released its first-ever ready-to-drink canned flavored lattes!

Burrell Behavioral Health, acknowledging the growing and urgent need for an around-the-clock, crisis-level mental health and substance use treatment center in Columbia, has come up with a temporary solution while awaiting a decision of financial support from the City of Columbia. Burrell will utilize space at its Stephens Lake Clinic (1805 E. Walnut St.) to open a 24/7 Rapid Access Unit until a larger, more permanent solution can be funded and constructed.

Burrell anticipates opening this interim solution by July 2022.

“Burrell Behavioral Health’s work to open a temporary 24/7 behavioral crisis center is an important step in providing access to care that will have rippling positive effects for the community. Burrell’s quick action to create this interim solution has the potential to assist nearly 800 individuals in our community in its first year,” said City of Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

A Rapid Access Unit will offer up to 23-hours of stabilization for adults experiencing a psychiatric or substance use crisis. This will include Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use, connection to Burrell services for psychiatric needs or to Phoenix Programs for long-term substance-use care.

Phoenix Programs, a key partner in the initial plan to create a 24/7 Behavioral Crisis Center, remains committed to Burrell’s unique model of helping clients enter into the continuum of care. Once funded, a full-scale Behavioral Crisis Center will likely be built near Phoenix’s Programs facilities to ensure maximum access to follow-up care for those who visit.

The temporary solution will cost Burrell between $450,000 and $500,000 to build out, with additional costs for staffing this temporary Rapid Access Unit, an amount originally earmarked for the permanent, full-service Behavioral Crisis Center proposed in July 2021.

Crisis centers are extremely costly to operate. They are often breakeven solutions for the agencies that run them and save communities money long-term in the form of cost diversion from jails, courts, first responders and emergency departments. In its first year, Burrell’s crisis center in Springfield, Mo., saved a conservatively estimated $4.4 million for local partners.

Moberly Area Community College is proud to invite the business community to a ribbon cutting for the MACCLab – A Community Makerspace and the Mechatronics Center of Excellence, which are both located on the MACC-Columbia campus.

The ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, February 17 at 10 a.m. at MACC-Columbia campus, located inside Parkade Plaza (601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216, Columbia, MO).

These programs are funded by the MoExcels Workforce Initiative, which facilitates the development and expansion of training and education initiatives that are employer-driven. The MACCLab – A Community Makerspace is an innovative makerspace offering access to state-of-the-art tools and equipment for creatives in the mid-Missouri area to encourage entrepreneurship.

In addition, the expanded Mechatronics program at the MACC-Columbia campus will add opportunities for students to earn their Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Mechatronics. The program prepares students to be electrical and mechanical technicians capable of troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing mechanical equipment for today’s highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities.


300 S Providence Rd
PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205