Sponsorships

Programs

Small Business Council

Support and Reach Small Businesses

The Columbia Chamber’s Small Business Council is crucial to our mission of promoting growth and enhancing community awareness of women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses. This is an opportunity for you to interact with those small businesses in our region.

Supporter Sponsor: $500 - Unlimited Availability, Annual

  • Recognition as a Supporter Sponsor
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (Opportunity to provide promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

Changemaker Sponsor: $5,000 - Annual Exclusive - SOLD: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Small Business Council

  • Exclusive recognition as the Changemaker Sponsor of Small Business Council
  • Company name to follow event title in media references (i.e. Presented By: Company Name)
  • Two Grace Outdoor Billboards
  • Seat on Small Business Council (non-voting)
  • Opportunity to present at one breakout session (10 sessions available in a year)
  • Opportunity to provide welcome at meetings and breakout sessions
  • Opportunity to have a spotlight article in eNewsletter
  • Rotating advertisement on Chamber’s website for fully year of sponsorship
  • First right of renewal to sponsor at this level in 2020 (deadline: July 1, 2019)
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (Opportunity to provide promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

Small Business Week Event (First Week of May)

  • Exclusive recognition as the Changemaker Sponsor of Small Business Week (first week of May annually)
  • Sponsorship publicity on materials pertaining to Small Business Week
  • Advertising on Chamber homepage during Small Business Week in May

 

Influencer Sponsor: $1,500 - Limited Availability, Annual - SOLD OUT

  • Recognition as an Influencer Sponsor
  • Seat on Small Business Council (non-voting)
  • Opportunity to provide speaker for (1) breakout session
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (Opportunity to provide promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

For more information regarding sponsorships or events, please email Ashleigh Conner or call (803) 733-1138.

Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program

What is the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship (MYA) program?
The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship (MYA) is a program designed to help create a talent pipeline for area businesses while creating a viable workplace path for students after high school. It is enhanced by a partnership with Midlands Technical College. Students involved in the Youth Apprenticeship Program take normal high school classes while simultaneously attending Midlands Technical College two to three days a week in dual enrollment classes. At the end of a two-year program, students will have earned a high school diploma, certification in a specific field from Midlands Tech, credentialing from the U.S. Department of Labor, and two years of paid work experience. The businesses who participate in this program will have created a worker who is ready on Day One to work in the specialized positions that their company requires.

Why give?
The MYA program fulfills a need expressed by businesses for skilled workers and equips a high school student with a job that can provide a solid and stable foundation upon which to build a prosperous life. MYA creates a talent pipeline for area businesses while creating a viable workplace path for students after high school. Your donation enables the Chamber to continue to enroll students in this program which in turn creates workers for the future.

All donations are tax-deductible. 

For more information about MYA Program, please email Chelsey Allen or call (803) 733-1133.

Military Affairs

Military Advocacy at the Columbia Chamber

Columbia is proudly called “The Most Military Friendly Community in America.” There are numerous programs and organizations who create great value for our military. We are home to the US Army’s largest training base at Fort Jackson, the South Carolina National Guard and McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Department of Defense Contractors, and the US Army Reserve. The combined economic impact of these military operations is in excess of $4.1 billion dollars per year. The Chamber’s work in this space includes strengthening relationships between the community and military; supporting military families; and retaining and expanding the local military footprint. This involves interacting with numerous constituents including local leaders, elected officials (city, county, state, and federal), and military outreach groups. Outside of our state, the Chamber works closely with colleagues in Washington, DC to monitor military-related legislation and issues.

Why Sponsor?

The economic impact of the military community in Columbia is significant with Fort Jackson alone representing $2.4 billion annually. There are over 250,000 visitors who come to Columbia each year because of the military. These visitors stay in local hotels, dine and shop at local establishments which in turn benefits the Partners of the Chamber through increased business. The benefits of sponsoring military-related activities of the Chamber are two-fold. One, sponsorship of the Military Outreach Group provides an opportunity for Chamber Partners to interact with military leaders and visitors to promote their services. Secondly, supporting the Chamber in regards to military activities allows us to deepen and strengthen the working relationship between us and the entire military presence in our area. An inherent and fundamental benefit which underlines all of the work we do for the military is the extreme gratitude and sincere thanks that our community gives to the military and their families who serve our great nation.

Star Spangled Sponsor: $5,000 - Exclusive (Local Focus)

  • Exclusive recognition as the Star Spangled Sponsor for Military Affairs
  • Presenting Sponsor and registration at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings (2 attendees), Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast (8 attendees)
  • Company name to follow meeting title in all meetings/events listed above (i.e. Presented By: Company Name)
  • Opportunity to address audience and provide welcome at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings
  • Opportunity to provide welcome at Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Opportunity to attend and participate in tradeshow at the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, DC in June when the Columbia Chamber accepts the GADC Award on behalf of the greater Columbia Region
  • Prominent display of logo on the agenda distributed at meetings and programs for events
  • Rotating advertisement on Military Affairs webpage
  • Opportunity to have a spotlight article in Chamber’s eNewsletter
  • List of attendees from each meeting, upon request
  • Sponsorship fulfillment report
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/events
  • Annual sponsorship of quarterly meetings (January, April, July, October)
  • Company logo and hyperlink on Military Affairs webpage and event pages
  • Company name listed on printed/digital signage at meetings and events
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Military Affairs specific eCommunications (deadline applies: January 1, 2020)
  • Special recognition from the podium during meetings and events
  • Opportunity to display pop-up banner at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings and Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at the meetings and programs for events, if applicable

Stars and Stripes Sponsor: $5,000 - Exclusive - (Washington, D.C. Focus)

  • Exclusive recognition as the Stars and Stripes Sponsor for Military Affairs
  • Presenting Sponsor in tradeshow booth at Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, DC in June when the Columbia
  • Chamber accepts the Great American Defense Community Award on behalf of the greater Columbia Region
  • Company name to follow event title in all Columbia Chamber Defense Communities National Summit references (i.e. Presented By: Company Name)
  • Stars and Stripes Sponsor at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings (2 attendees), Great American Defense Community Appreciation Breakfast (8 attendees)
  • Opportunity to address audience at a quarterly Military Outreach Meeting
  • Opportunity to address audience at Great American Defense Community Appreciation Breakfast
  • Complimentary travel (one attendee) opportunity to attend and participate in the tradeshow at the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, DC in June when the Columbia Chamber accepts the GADC Award on behalf of the greater Columbia Region
  • Prominent display of logo on all collateral for GADC booth in Washington, DC
  • Rotating advertisement on Military Affairs webpage
  • Opportunity to have a spotlight article in Chamber’s eNewsletter
  • List of attendees from each meeting, upon request
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/events
  • Annual sponsorship of quarterly meetings (January, April, July, October)
  • Company logo and hyperlink on Military Affairs webpage and event pages
  • Company name listed on printed/digital signage at meetings and events
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Military Affairs specific eCommunications (deadline applies: January 1, 2020)
  • Special recognition from the podium during meetings and events
  • Opportunity to display pop-up banner at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings and Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at meetings and programs for events, if applicable
  • Sponsorship fulfillment report

Military Advocate Annual Sponsor: $2,500 - Multiple Available

  • Recognition as Military Advocate Sponsor
  • Opportunity to address audience at a quarterly Military Outreach Meeting
  • Registration for (2) attendees at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings, and (8) attendees at the Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • List of attendees from each meeting, upon request
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/events
  • Annual sponsorship of quarterly meetings (January, April, July, October)
  • Company logo and hyperlink on Military Affairs webpage and event pages
  • Company name listed on printed/digital signage at meetings and events
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Military Affairs specific eCommunications (deadline applies: January 1, 2020)
  • Special recognition from the podium during meetings and events
  • Opportunity to display pop-up banner at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings and Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at the meetings and programs for events if applicable

Friends of the Military Annual Sponsor: $500 - Multiple Available

  • Recognition as Military Supporter Sponsor
  • Registration for (2) attendees at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings, and (2) attendees at the Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/events
  • Annual sponsorship of quarterly meetings (January, April, July, October)
  • Company logo and hyperlink on Military Affairs webpage and event pages
  • Company name listed on printed/digital signage at meetings and events
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Military Affairs specific eCommunications (deadline applies: January 1, 2020)
  • Special recognition from the podium during meetings and events
  • Opportunity to display pop-up banner at quarterly Military Outreach Meetings and Great American Defense Celebration Breakfast
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at the meetings and programs for events if applicable

For more information regarding Military Affairs, please email Susan McPherson or call (803) 733-1148.

2020 Small Business Council

Support and Reach Small Businesses

The Columbia Chamber’s Small Business Council’s mission is to promote growth and enhance community awareness of women-owned, minority-owned and small businesses. This is an opportunity for Chamber Partners to interact with the small businesses in the region.

Influencer Sponsor: $1,500 - Limited Availability, Annual

  • Recognition as an Influencer Sponsor
  • Seat on Small Business Council (non-voting)
  • Opportunity to provide speaker for (1) breakout session
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (may have table & promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at council meetings and breakouts
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

Supporter Sponsor: $500 - Unlimited Availability, Annual

  • Recognition as a Supporter Sponsor
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (may have table & promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at council meetings and breakouts
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

Changemaker Sponsor: $5,000 - Exclusive Annually - SOLD: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Small Business Council Impact

  • Exclusive recognition as the Changemaker Sponsor of Small Business Council
  • Company name to follow event title in media references (i.e. Presented By:  Company Name)
  • Two Grace Outdoor Billboards
  • Seat on Small Business Council (non-voting)
  • Opportunity to present at one breakout session (10 sessions available in a year)
  • Opportunity to provide welcome at meetings and breakout sessions
  • Opportunity to have a spotlight article in eNewsletter
  • Rotating advertisement on Chamber’s website for full year of sponsorship
  • First right of renewal to sponsor at this level in 2021 (deadline: July 1, 2020)
  • Announcement of sponsorship on social media
  • Pre-event and on-site publicity for meetings/breakouts (may have table & promotional items at events)
  • Logo on marketing communications specific to the Small Business Council
  • Logo on the agenda distributed at council meetings and breakouts
  • Company name listed in printed materials
  • Company name and hyperlink on Small Business Council webpage
  • Complimentary use of one of the Chamber’s meeting spaces one time per year (subject to availability)
  • Recognition in Small Business Week specific eCommunications
  • Registration to attend any local Small Business Week event

Small Business Week Event Impact 

  • Exclusive recognition as the Changemaker Sponsor of Small Business Week (first week of May annually)
  • Sponsorship publicity on materials pertaining to Small Business Week
  • Advertising on Chamber home page during Small Business Week in May

For more information regarding sponsorships or events, please email Ashleigh Conner or call (803) 733-1138.