January 11, 2019

Leadership Columbia Class of 2019 Announces Class Project

Leadership Columbia partners with the Babcock Center

As part of the Leadership Columbia program, each class choses a project that makes an impact in the community. This year, after receiving RFPs from 10 non-profit organizations in the greater Columbia area, the LC Class of 2019 has chosen a project that benefits the Babcock Center. The project will be beautification enhancements to their primary job training facility and strategic enhancements to their marketing to expand their footprint in the Midlands’ workforce.

In an effort to increase awareness of the Babcock Center’s mission to empower people with lifelong disabilities by encouraging community involvement, learning new skills and finding employment, the Leadership Columbia Class of 2019 is working on a beautification and branding project surrounding the organization’s Shop Road location. Through physical enhancements to both the interior and exterior of their primary job training facility, as well as equipping their team with effective marketing/PR strategy, the LC class strives to spread the Babcock Center’s message throughout our community, thus expanding their footprint in the greater Columbia area workforce and promoting inclusivity.

For questions, please contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at

About Leadership Columbia
Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10-month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit or contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at 803.733.1146.

About Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, nonprofit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a Partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit

About the Babcock Center Foundation
The Babcock Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people with lifelong disabilities to enjoy life by promoting abilities and respecting choice. An inclusive community is one free of barriers for people with lifelong disabilities. Babcock Center is the largest private provider of community services for people with severe lifelong disabilities in South Carolina. Today, nearly 5,000 adults with disabilities throughout South Carolina receive vocational training on a daily basis. Over 800 adults with autism, cognitive disabilities, head injuries or related disabilities are employed in the marketplace and earn competitive wages.
For more information about the Babcock Center Foundation contact Director, Carrie Deaton via phone at (803)799.1970 or via email at

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