September Member News 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

Last month, Burrell Behavioral Health outlined plans the Community Mental Health Center has to build a comprehensive Behavioral Crisis Center in Columbia.

The proposed Behavioral Crisis Center (BCC) would be a 24/7/365 facility offering a full continuum of care for Columbia and Boone County citizens experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis. Services at the facility would include 23-hour stabilization, psychiatric assessment, and an up-to-three-day stay in an Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit.

Burrell Behavioral Crisis Center Rendering

Burrell also announced a partnership with local addiction recovery nonprofit Phoenix Programs to potentially build the facility on Phoenix property. Allowing for seamless referral of those who visit the BCC in need of longer-term social-setting detox treatment, which Phoenix already provides at this location. Along with programming details, Burrell shared renderings of what the exterior of the crisis center could look like.

The City of Columbia has budgeted $3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funds to be put toward a behavioral health crisis facility in Columbia. That budget is currently awaiting approval from city council. Last year, Burrell opened a Behavioral Crisis Center in Springfield, Mo., with the help of a $1 million contribution from Greene County, as well as support from the Missouri Foundation for Health and local medical systems. In its first year, the Springfield Behavioral Crisis Center saved the community at least $4.4 million in averted costs to local law enforcement, first responders and hospital emergency departments.

Nabholz Construction Corporation recently announced the opening of an office in Columbia, Mo. This new location will allow the firm to better serve clients throughout central Missouri and beyond, including work for the University of Missouri, MU Healthcare, Fulton Public Schools, and Columbia Regional Airport, where Nabholz is building a new terminal. This is the firm’s second office in the state; the company has had a location in Springfield since 1996.

Mitchell Fuemmeler

Senior Project Manager Mitchell Fuemmeler will lead the Nabholz team in Columbia. Fuemmeler most recently oversaw construction for the $130 million bond program with the Jefferson City Public Schools in Jefferson City, Mo. He is a native of Central Missouri and earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Fuemmeler is involved in multiple community and professional organizations, including both the Columbia and Jefferson City Chambers of Commerce, Columbia REDI, UCM Construction Management Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC, and Habitat for Humanity. Fuemmeler is also a Regional Board Chairman for the Design Build Institute of America and was named the 2015 Project Manager of the Year by the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is proud to announce that the following Weichert® affiliated agents have successfully completed the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Leadership Academy training. The extensive multi-day Weichert® academy is a top-level program for real estate leadership training and focuses on building world-class real estate offices.

* Weichert, Realtors® – First Tier, located in Columbia: Broker/Owner Rob Smith. For more information, please contact Jessica Kempf at 573-256-8601 or

* Weichert, Realtors® – First Tier, located in Columbia: Sales Manager Shelley Loesing. For more information, please contact Jessica Kempf at 573-256-8601 or

Mike Wagner

First Midwest Bank announced on Tuesday, June 1st that Mike Wagner has assumed the position of Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Loan Originator in the Columbia, Missouri market.

Wagner joins First Midwest Bank with a 30-year career in banking and the financial industry with extensive experience in lending management.  He will expand the lending staff of First Midwest to better serve our customers in our market.

“Since joining First Midwest everyone here already feels like family, and it feels like this was where I was meant to be all along,” said Wagner.  “I look forward to serving the banking needs of our customers,” he continued.

Zimmer Communications is proud to announce that Brian Hauswirth has been hired as the next news director for 93.9 The Eagle. He will become the newest member of Wake Up Columbia, which airs every weekday from 5:30 to 9 a.m. He will also join the greater team at 93.9 The Eagle, which was just nominated for the NAB Marconi Radio Award for News/Talk Station of the Year.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian Hauswirth be part of our Zimmer News Network,” said Jeremy Washington, Zimmer Communications Operations Manager. “Brian shares our vision for excellence in broadcasting and will strongly enhance our award-winning local news coverage in Mid-Missouri.”

Central Bank of Boone County’s ProsperU has a great lineup of upcoming classes.

Date and TimeClassLocation
Thursday, September 2 6:00 p.m.How to Create a Business Plan Step one of starting your own business is the all-important business plan.  Find out everything you need to craft a great one. ProsperU Classroom 700 E. Broadway
Wednesday, September 8 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.Zoom Online Class
Tuesday, September 14 6:00 p.m.College Planning 101 Whether college is years away or right around the corner, it pays to learn everything you can about finding the right one and then getting the right tools to pay for it.Zoom Online Class
Thursday, September 16 6:00 p.m.Car Buying 101 Nearly everyone has to do it sometime yet what do you really know about making the best financial choice for you? There’s more than one way to buy a car wisely.ProsperU Classroom 700 E. Broadway
Tuesday, September 28 6:00 p.m.Preventing Personal Fraud The bad guys are out there but what are you doing to stay safe?  Learn the most common types of fraud and what you can do to protect yourself.Zoom Online Class
Thursday, September 30 6:00 p.m.Diversity and Inclusion in Small Business As a small business owner, you want your business to reflect your community and your customers. Learn some practical ways to approach an open, accepting workplace.ProsperU Classroom 700 E. Broadway

300 S Providence Rd
PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205