City of Columbia, Chamber of Commerce partner to promote Business in Motion program
Officials in the City of Columbia’s Economic Development Department have partnered with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to reach out to the city’s budding business community. City officials announced the collaboration Monday as part of its Business in Motion program, which is designed to increase and retain the number of local businesses in the Columbia area.
“Today, we are proud to launch a new phase of our successful existing industry program because we understand being a world class leader in economic development begins at home — right here in our backyard — by taking care of our local business community and building strong, long lasting relationships that will lay the groundwork for the economic development efforts of tomorrow,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said.
The program will focus on proactive outreach to provide tools and resources to business owners which will allow them to grow and maintain a strong presence in Columbia. The city along with the Chamber will maintain communication with businesses and assist them in building competitiveness, job creation and business expansion. Program coordinators also will develop and implement strategic action plans to build a strong local economy.
“Through the continued growth of local businesses, our citizens will benefit from the availability of jobs and an enhanced quality of life,” said Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson. “The long range impact of these types of programs will help to build a better financial forecast for entrepreneurs, business owners and residents not only today, but for future generations.”
Monday’s announcement highlighted the ongoing partnership between the city and the civic business organization. Both entities have worked together to promote the city’s Business Spotlight program to feature successful local businesses. The chamber and the city of Columbia also hosted National Small Business Week events concurrently this year.
“We are delighted to join with the City of Columbia and the Office of Economic Development to launch the newest phase of the ‘Business in Motion’ program,” said Carl Blackstone, president and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “This program supports our overall mission to make our community one of the most economically prosperous regions in the United States.”