Attend the 2019 Rural Recognition Banquet

It’s time to put the date on your calendar for the upcoming 2019 Rural Recognition Banquet.  This year’s 51st annual salute to agribusiness professionals will be Tuesday, March 19th at Platte County Ag Park. The Chamber’s Agribusiness Committee is this week announcing the winners of their annual awards, who will be honored at the banquet. The Committee congratulates: 2019 Outstanding …

Busy Legislative January

   The Legislative Committee of the Columbus Area Chamber will kick things off with a busy January.     Speaking of things that are new, the Legislative Committee hosts the annual Legislative Kick-off Breakfast with our new State Senator Mike Moser.  Senator Moser will join us at 7:00am on January 21st at the Chamber office.  I’m sure it will be interesting …

Workforce Still Being Worked

Workforce development remains a key need for Chamber members and our community at-large.  More than 600 open jobs were listed in Columbus this week…and that’s certainly not the full picture of potential careers that could be created here.  Kara Asmus is the coordinator of the Drive for Five talent initiative and here’s just some of what she’s been working on: …

Successful Holiday Giveaway

Small Business Saturday was the kick-off to the “Columbus Holiday Giveaway.” The Chamber’s annual retail promotion brought out shoppers on a beautiful Saturday morning in Columbus.  This year $60,000 in Columbus Bucks was available for sale with a nice bonus: $10 free for every $100 purchased.  Those dollars were almost all gone Saturday by noon, with the remainder purchased early …

Annual Awards

The Columbus Area Chamber honored three more outstanding award-winners at the Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Banquet.    Sharee Jedlicka was given the Ovation Award as outstanding businesswoman by Ernst Auto Group.   Mike Fleming received the Archway Award as outstanding businessman from Pinnacle Bank.   Deb Potter was named the Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year by First …

Hall of Fame Celebration

The Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame was proud to add three more outstanding members this year. Christ Wunderlich was represented by his grandchildren Fred Wunderlich and Monica Becher, as well as great-grandson Steve Wunderlich…and some 55 relatives in total. Emiel Christensen’s grandson Phil Christensen accepted on his behalf. J.C. Echol’s descendants were unable to attend, but his story was …

Jedlicka, Potter and Fleming Honored

The Columbus Area Chamber is proud to announce this year’s Annual award-winners, to be honored next month at the Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2018 Archway Award, given to the area’s outstanding businessman by Pinnacle Bank, will be awarded to Mike Fleming.  Fleming has owned and operated Mike’s Auto Sales and Towing since 1974.  He has grown …

Mfg. Partnership Forms

A cross-section of manufacturing industry leaders from Northeast Nebraska recently came together to identify opportunities and actions needed to promote the growth of the sector. 17 individuals, representing over a dozen companies, provided input. Industry leaders were joined by community partners from workforce development, education, and education development attended as observers. This unique partnership is modeled after similar partnerships across …

Hall of Fame Announced

The Columbus Area Chamber is proud to announce the 2018 class of inductees to the Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame:  Emiel Christensen, Jackson Caleb Echols, and Christ Wunderlich. The Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame will this year induct its 13th class of honorees on Nov. 20th at the Hall of Fame Banquet presented by BankFirst and Loup Power …

State Latino Youth Summit Brings 600 to Columbus

Columbus will host the State Hispanic Youth Summit for the first time this year.  Some 600 students from across the state will come to the Columbus for a day of learning and inspiration on October 30th. The event is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Education and Latino American Commission, with a focus on encouraging education and leadership among Nebraska …