Breakfast Briefing Awards

The Diversity & Inclusion Award, presented at March's Breakfast Briefing, is a distinguished honor that recognizes and celebrates the exceptional efforts and achievements of a Chamber Partner in promoting diversity and inclusion within their organization. This award highlights the significance of fostering an inclusive workplace environment that values and respects individuals from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. 

Nominations close March 1, 2024.

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The Workforce Development Award, presented at the June Breakfast Briefing, honors a Chamber Partner who is working to create innovative strategies in an effort to retain a dynamic, resilient, and highly skilled workforce equipped for meeting current industry needs within the greater Midlands region.

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Partner Engagement Awards

The Golden Nail Awards recognize outstanding contributions made by business or property owners to enhance the physical character of the greater Midlands region through cosmetic or commercial efforts in the previous calendar year. These prestigious awards will be presented during a monthly Partner Engagement event..

The Hospitality Industry Award recognizes an exceptional Chamber Partner in the hospitality industry. This prestigious award acknowledges a wide range of hospitality businesses ranging from restaurants and tourist attractions, to transportation companies, hotels, and event facilities. The selected company is recognized for significant contributions in making Columbia a world-class place to live, work, and play, setting a standard of excellence by demonstrating a strong commitment to enhancing the city’s reputation and driving its growth as a top-tier destination. This award will be presented during a monthly Partner Engagement event.

Power In Heels Awards

The Cathy Novinger Trailblazer Award is presented annually at the Power in Heels Women’s event. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon exceptional female leaders who exemplify the remarkable spirit and unwavering determination of Cathy Novinger, a trailblazing businesswoman and passionate advocate for progress in Columbia, South Carolina. This award signifies the acknowledgment of outstanding achievements, exceptional leadership, and significant contributions made by women in both the realms of business and civic life. It stands as a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of an extraordinary individual whose impact continues to inspire and shape the future of our region.

Nominations close on April 30, 2024.

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Small Business Awards

The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a Chamber Partner who has shown great growth, significant achievements, or realized economic and cultural growth that benefits the Midlands business community. This honoree will be recognized at the Small Business Breakout session during Small Business Month in May.

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Leadership Columbia Awards

The Glenn Jacobus Award, named in tribute to the late Glenn Jacobus, is a prestigious accolade presented at the Leadership Columbia Graduation ceremony in June. It honors an outstanding class member chosen by their peers for consistently demonstrating remarkable leadership qualities and is a testament to the transformative power of peer-recognized leadership. The recipient of this award seeks to honor individuals who embody Glenn’s exceptional commitment and selfless dedication to leadership and his genuine dedication to fostering positive change in the community.