Governance Committee

The Columbia Chamber Governance Committee was established to ensure that the Chamber operates efficiently and effectively, implementing best practices through adoption of a proven methodology provided by the U.S. Chamber for elite accreditation. This framework provides support for this Committee’s recommendations in its reports to the Executive Committee.

For more information about the Governance Committee or meetings, please call 803.733.1116 or email Drew Myers.

Marketing & Communications Committee

The Columbia Chamber Marketing and Communications Committee was established to assist with the marketing and promotion of the Chamber brand and develop strategies to better engage our partnership, the community and local government. This committee works collaboratively and effectively to ensure maximum impact of both traditional and online media to further the mission of the Chamber. We realize that our resources at the Chamber are limited, but with the help of our partners, our knowledge and reach is limitless.

For more information about the Marketing and Communication Committee or meetings, please call 803.733.1152 or email Rose Dangerfield.

Military Affairs Group

This Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Group promotes, enhances and strengthens the relationships between the Midlands and our military community. The Columbia Chamber holds Welcome Receptions for Soldier Support Institute, Chaplain School and National Center for Credibility Assessment students and their families to introduce them the Midlands and help them adjust to the community. The group also works to promote the Midlands as an ideal community for military retirees, partners with the Friends of Forces program and produces a biannual Welcome Guide.

To learn more about the Military Affairs Group or its activities, please call 803.733.1148 or email Susan McPherson.

Partner Relations Committee

The Columbia Chamber Partner Relations Committee was established to identify and recommend solutions that add value to the Partnership, thereby increasing Partner return on investment. A focus on continual assessment and improvement of Partner development and retention efforts will promote Partnership growth, and support this Committee’s recommendations in its reports to the Executive Committee.

For more information about the Partner Relations Committee or meetings, please call 803.733.1121 or email Chris Wulf.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee is responsible for articulating Chamber positions on business-related issues and guiding the Chamber’s advocacy activities, on both the state and local level. Issues impacting regional growth, economic development and the creation of jobs are reviewed by this committee which makes a recommendation to the Executive Committee on the position of the Chamber.

For more information about the Public Policy Committee or meetings, please call 803.733.1148 or email Henri Baskins.

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council’s primary mission is to promote growth and enhance community awareness of women, minority and small businesses, primarily through increased partnership participation in the Chamber. Creative effective economic development strategies for existing businesses and the small business community is its focus.

Small Business Council Chair

Ron Harvey, Global Core Strategies & Consulting

Council Members

Mike Bell, Babcock Center

Jamelle H. Ellis, PhD, MS, Richland County

Will Holmes, SunTrust Bank

Adam Jones, Jones, McAden and Associates

Jonathan Mashack, Mashack Productions

Angelo McBride, City of Columbia

Hayley Miller, SYSCO Columbia, LLC

Kim Raber, Kimberly A Raber, P.A.

Neelie Rodgers, Aleph Wines Corporation

Paula Bach Sabbagha, Merrill Lynch

James Shadd, Shadd Law Firm, LLC

Martin Short, Small Business Administration

Jason Wolfe, Wolfe Solutions

Melanie Wood, Palmetto Solar Pros

For more information about the Small Business Council or its meetings, please call 803.733.1110.