February 11, 2020

2020 Columbia Impact Award Winners Announced

The Columbia Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious awards to be given at the 6th Annual Columbia Impact Awards. The 2020 Columbia Impact Awards, presented by Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., will be held at the Columbia Marriott on February 20, 2020.

“The Columbia Chamber recognizes the outstanding organizations and individuals who work to improve our communities,” said Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber President and CEO. “We are pleased to honor the companies and individuals who continue to help the greater Columbia region thrive and prosper with our Columbia Impact Awards.”

The Columbia Chamber will recognize the following:

The Cathy Novinger Trailblazer Award honors an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in his/her industry, advocates for business, and positively impacts our community. The 2020 recipient is Otis Rawl, Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center.

The Small Business of the Year recognizes a Chamber Partner who has shown great growth, significant achievements, or realized economic and cultural growth that benefits the business community. The 2020 recipient is Garvin Design Group.

The Partner of the Year is chosen from Chamber Partners who have received the Partner of the Month distinction during the previous year. The 2020 recipient is Sound & Images.

The Impact Award for Diversity & Inclusion celebrates a Partner that goes above and beyond to create a diverse work environment by breaking the glass ceiling. The 2020 recipient is Dominion Energy.

The Golden Nail Award is bestowed upon businesses or property owners for exemplary contributions to the physical character of the greater Midlands region through cosmetic or commercial means such as restoration of a façade, historic building, or re-purposing of a blighted space during the previous calendar year. 2020 recipients include: Graduate Columbia; Columbia Museum of Art; Central Energy; Steel Hands Brewing; Hendrix Restaurant and 1321 Lofts.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 AM. To register for the Columbia Impact Awards, please click HERE, or visit the Columbia Chamber website HERE. For sponsorship information, please click HERE. For more information, please contact Ashleigh Conner at or 803.733.1138.

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