Member News February 2021

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 Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) was awarded with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal by Destinations International in recognition of the destination marketing organization’s (DMO) commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of DMOs around the world. The CCVB has been accredited through DMAP since 2015 and underwent a full reaccreditation process in 2020.

Every year, Boone Electric Cooperative and Boone Electric Community Trust offer great scholarship opportunities for both high school students and college students at large. Visit here to find more information and apply. The deadline is 5:00 pm on March 4, 2021. Fill their inbox up with applications!

Burrell Behavioral Health, with two locations in Columbia, is a growing Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As the administrative agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in 17 Missouri counties, Burrell provides psychiatry, outpatient and case management services to youth and adults with mental illness, those with developmental disabilities, and those in need of substance-use recovery services. With a commitment to integration, Burrell believes access is a concept, not a place, so they strive to form impactful partnerships with primary care systems, schools, judicial systems and other institutions to best reach Missourians when and where they need help.

Watch this video to learn more about the mid-Missouri mental health leader

ProsperU is offering virtual classes throughout the month of February. ProsperU was created to help individuals and businesses learn more about how to build a successful financial life. Classes are a free tool for the community. Find more here.

Date and TimeClass
Wednesday, February 3 6:00 p.m.Essential LinkedIn Strategies Today’s job market demands a lot more than the old paper resume. Learn how to make LinkedIn your personal marketer to get your profile noticed and interact effectively.
Tuesday, February 9 6:00 p.m.Understanding Your Credit You hear how important good credit is but how, exactly, do you get it? And, if you’ve messed up, how do you fix it? Learn the ABC’s of good credit.
Thursday, February 11 6:00 p.m.Understanding Your Non-Profit Audience As a non-profit, reaching the right people with the right message is critical to your success. Learn how to craft your messages to your most important audiences.
Wednesday, February 17 6:00 p.m.Website Growth Tactics You’ve got the site, now how do you get people to it? And, when you do, are they getting what they need to do business with you?  Find out!
Tuesday, February 23 6:00 p.m.Investing 101: Where to Start & Mistakes to Avoid Investing doesn’t have to be complicated if you know where to start. Find out the best way to get started and the pitfalls to avoid.
Thursday, February 25 6:00 p.m.Stretching Your Food Budget The grocery store can be overwhelming when you’re on a tight budget. Learn how to tackle the shopping and then the cooking.
Wednesday, March 3 6:00 p.m.Tackling Your Debt Everyone, young or old, has debt. Learn strategies for managing debt, whether that means deciding which one to tackle first or finding a way to get out from under it.

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 now through February 28; however, applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply as early 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

Pancheros Mexican Grill is partnering with Mizzou Athletics to rally its loyal fans and community members together to join the local fight against hunger. For one week starting February 1, the three Columbia restaurants (Stadium, Trimble, and Grindstone locations) and the restaurant in Jefferson City will donate $1 to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri every time the promo code “MIZZOU” is used to order in the Pancheros app. The promo will get fans free chips and queso with any purchase. The promo will only be available through the Pancheros app while supplies last, which can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play


300 S Providence Rd
PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205