Networking Breakfast for Industrial Leaders

The quarterly Industrial Leaders’ Breakfast will be  held Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7:00 a.m. at Wunderlich’s Catering. These breakfasts are meant for manufacturers to meet and discuss common challenges and shared opportunities. They are open lo all local manufacturing owners and managers. This month’s speaker is Dennis Grennan who will speak about various transportation projects the Chamber’s Transportation Committee has …

Drive for Five Year in Review

Workforce development continues to be a top priority at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Drive for Five is to attract new employees into careers with our supporting partners, filling the more than 700 available jobs. We do this by recruiting skilled talent and by providing educational programs to students so they will be career-ready, and …

Holiday Basketball Tournament

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the 38th annual Columbus Holiday Basketball Tournament on December 27th and 28th at Scotus Central Catholic. Varsity and JV boys & girls teams compete from Columbus Scotus, Columbus Lakeview, Schuyler, and Twin River high schools. This tournament is an excellent way to bring people to our community, support our youth and provide …

Santa Says to Shop Local This Holiday Season

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us, and you know what that means…shopping! As always, the Chamber is doing its part to help promote local shopping and boost our economy. One of the main tangible ways we do that is by selling Columbus Bucks. What are Columbus Bucks? Columbus Bucks work like cash for shoppers and are available in …

Get Your Tickets for This Year’s Hall of Fame

The Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame will induct its 14th class of honorees on Tuesday, November 26th. The Chamber, along with BankFirst and Loup Power District, are proud to announce the 2019 class of inductees: Gustavus William Viergutz, Sr. and Gordon McAllister “Mac” Hull. Gustavus W. Viergutz moved to Columbus in 1888. It was here in Columbus that Viergutz …

Here Comes Santa and Columbus Bucks

Celebrate Santa’s Arrival on “Small Business Saturday,” Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. The Columbus Holiday Giveaway also returns this year with FREE MONEY! Any $100 purchase of Columbus Bucks means $10 free, as long as the bucks last. A limit of $500 per purchase and two purchases per household. Giveaway located in Frankfort Square. To make this deal even sweeter, …

Blaser, Johnson and Belitz to be Recognized

    The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce will also present its annual awards at the Business Hall of Fame banquet. The Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year Award is given by First Nebraska Bank to Colleen Belitz. The Ovation Award for Outstanding Businesswoman is presented to Amy Blaser by Ernst Auto Group. The Archway Award for Outstanding Businessman is …

Be Part of “Something Good”

The branding committee is seeking sponsors to help promote the community brand not only in Columbus, but throughout the country. The goal is to show others there is a place where the “Good Life still exists.” We want them to come visit and see what we are all about. Perhaps with their visit they will fall in love with our …

Meet the 2019 Leadership Columbus Class

This year’s Leadership Columbus Class represents all walks of life and businesses. They are: Chantal Vonasek, Associated Staffing; Aaron Luneke, Bank of the Valley; Emily Vasina, Behlen Mfg. Co.; Susie Jarecki, CASA Connection; Eve Jacobson, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce; Amber Spiegel, Coumbus Bank & Trust Company; Melinda Long, Columbus Community Hospital; Chantel Sempek, Columbus Community Hospital; Denise Tomek, Columbus …

What is Workforce CAPTURE?

By Kara Asmus, Workforce Development Coordinator I’m just going to say it. I detest acronyms. Unless you own the company or you are part of a special group, acronyms can often be challenging when conveying information. Inevitably, however, an acronym will spawn on its own, and recently the Business, Industry and Education Committee decided it would create a new name …