Member News December 2020

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, Mary Kate Hafner, at

The Evoke Group is proud to announce their Regional Emmy® win for the category of “Magazine Program”! In partnership with Missouri Life Magazine, The Evoke Group produced Season 5 of Missouri Life TV – a travel TV show, featuring the people, places and communities that make our state unique! (watch the season 5 trailer here)

“I’m blown away. We knew we poured our hearts into this production, put in the late nights of production, even rented an additional office for the video team during post-production – but I couldn’t have expected this level of recognition from an esteemed award like this. I’m proud of our team, Missouri Life, Meredith our host, and lastly myself.”

-Austin Kolb (Co-Founder – The Evoke Group)

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced that Regional Economic Development Inc. REDI has once again been recognized as one of 68 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2017, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.

“REDI displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Reaccreditation is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that REDI has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed, and their business is in good hands.

The Shelter Insurance® Board of Directors announced that Randa Rawlins would become Shelter Mutual Insurance Company’s next President and CEO at its meeting on November 19, 2020. The Board elected Ms. Rawlins to become President effective January 1, 2021, in anticipation of the retirement of the current President and CEO Matt Moore, who will retire in June 2021. Upon Mr. Moore’s retirement, Ms. Rawlins will assume the role of President and CEO. Ms. Rawlins will lead Shelter Mutual as well as each of its subsidiary and affiliate companies. The Board also voted to promote Paul LaRose to the role of Executive Vice President and Stacye Smith as Vice President of Shelter’s Human Resources Operations effective January 1, 2021.

Randa Rawlins

Do you know a teenager who needs a summer job?  One that pays $9.50 per hour at a Columbia business?  The CARE Summer Program is for 14- to 20- year olds (must be 14 by April 1, 2021) who live in Columbia, MO, or attend a Columbia, MO school or have a parent/guardian who works for the City of Columbia.  CARE summer program applications are available December 1 through February 28; however, applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply as early (as close to December 1) as possible.  To apply, visit (search for CARE Summer Trainee 2021).  If you have any questions or you would like one-on-one assistance filling out the online application, contact the CARE office at (573) 874-6300 or

To apply, visit: (search for CARE Summer Trainee 2020).  If you have any questions, contact the CARE office at 573-874-6300 or

Chris McD’s Restaurant & Wine Bar received an award from the Better Business Bureau on Monday for their high ethics in the treatment of customers, employees, and suppliers.

The Columbia based restaurant was a 2020 Better Business Bureau (BBB) TORCH Award winner for BBB Serving Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois. TORCH Awards honor businesses that exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees and suppliers. Three businesses are receiving TORCH Awards in 2020.


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PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205