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COLUMBIA 2016-2017


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We are proud to be the second-oldest women’s college in the country. Since 1833, we’ve helped generations of young women gain the knowledge and experiences they need to go after their dreams. We’ve also helped quite a few young learners to dream up in our co-educational on-campus Children’s School (Pre-K - 5th grade). Our multi-age classrooms and on campus location provide enriching hands-on opportunities to engage with the arts, sciences and the environment. Just steps from downtown, we also host an amazing variety of cultural activities to inspire the dreamer in all of us.


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Columbia Profile Fast Facts

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Important Contacts About the Chamber

16 Business 24 Arts & Culture 28 Recreation 32 Real Estate 38 Education 48 Health Care 56

Preferred Business Listings


Advertiser Index


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This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 300 S Providence Rd | P.O. Box 1016 Columbia, MO 65205 Phone: (573) 874-1132 | Fax (573) 443-3986 Copyright© 2016 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited.

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Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief


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Vice President/Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators David Abraham and Tiffany Salerno Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Editor Gail Gaboda Contributing Writer Hilary Shenfeld and Matt Arado Cover photography Acquisition Manager Scott Ray

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‰ Population 2014 (est.) 2010

‰ Educational Attainment Columbia

Boone County


168,268 162,642


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

‰ Age Distribution (2014 est.) Columbia

Boone County

Under 5 years



5 to 9 years



10 to 14 years



15 to 19 years



20 to 24 years



25 to 34 years



35 to 44 years


45 to 54 years 55 to 59 years

High School Grad or Higher



Bachelor’s Degree or Higher



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

‰ Boone County Average Employment by Sectors (2015) Retail Trade


Health Care & Social Assistance

10,294 9,899

Professional & Technical Services




Administrative & Waste Services


Finance & Insurance







Management of Companies & Enterprises




Wholesale Trade


Educational Services


Transportation & Warehousing


Real Estate & Rental/Leasing




60 to 64 years



65 to 74 years



75 to 84 years



85 years & over



Median age (years)



Arts, Entertainment & Recreation


Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting





‰ Household Income (2014 est.)

Boone County

Accommodation & Food Services

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates




Other Services (Except Public Administration)



Boone County

State Government


Less than $10,000



Local Government


$10,000 to $14,999



Federal Government


$15,000 to $24,999



$25,000 to $34,999



$35,000 to $49,999



$50,000 to $74,999



$75,000 to $99999



$100,000 to $149,999



$150,000 to $199,999


$200,000 or more Median Household Income

‰ Unemployment Rate Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area:


October 2010



October 2011




October 2012





October 2013





October 2014



October 2015



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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Source: Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, in cooperation with U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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‰ Cost of Living (U.S. Average 100) Groceries












Source: Council for Community and Economic Research, Second Quarter 2016 (via Missouri Economic Research and Information Center)

‰ Sales Tax Rate: 7.975%

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‰ County Contacts

Boone County Government Center 801 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Assessor .................................... (573) 886-4270 Auditor ...................................... (573) 886-4275 Collector .................................. (573) 886-4285 Commission.............................. (573) 886-4305 County Clerk ............................ (573) 886-4295 Recorder of Deeds.................. (573) 886-4345 Resource Management: Planning ............................... (573) 886-4330 Inspections ........................... (573) 886-4339 Engineering .......................... (573) 886-4480 Treasurer ................................... (573) 886-4365 Voter Registration ................... (573) 886-4375 Application Form: VoterRegApp.asp Signed application must be received in the County Clerk’s Office or postmarked by the Fourth Wednesday before an election to be eligible to vote. Boone County Courthouse 705 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Court Administrator ................. (573) 886-4060 Circuit Clerk ............................. (573) 886-4000 Prosecuting Attorney .............. (573) 886-4100 Public Administrator ................ (573) 886-4190 Boone County Health Department 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-7355 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Boone County Public Works 5551 S. Tom Bass Rd. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 449-8515 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boone County Sheriff’s Department 2121 County Dr. | Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 875-1111 Hours of Operation: 24 Hours Administrative Support Services: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Columbia outh License ffice 1101 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 103 Columbia, MO 65201 Department of Revenue/DMV Location 403 Vandiver Dr., Ste. B Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-4700 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last Saturday of the Month: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

‰ Columbia Contacts

City Hall 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7111 Animal Control 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 449-1888 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, Closed all city of Columbia observed holidays. Fire Department 201 Orr St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7391 For All Emergencies Dial 911 Municipal Court 600 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7230

Police Department 600 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 442-6131 For All Emergencies Dial 911 Public Health and Human Services 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-7355 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Public Works 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-2489 City of Columbia Recycling Information: Solidwaste/recycling.php Water and Light tilit Customer ervice ffice 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7380 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BOONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Third largest fire department in the State of Missouri covering 500 square miles with 15 fire stations and 250 volunteer firefighters. Annual Budget $3.5 million dollars compared to a full paid department our size costing 10 times as much. FULL SERVICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDING:

• Fire Suppression • Medical Response • Rescue • HazMat • Public Education • Code Enforcement Plan Review • Fire Prevention • Continuing Education and Training • Missouri Task Force 1- One of the only 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the country • Wildland Firefighting • Volunteer Residency program

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Columbia Public Library (Daniel Boone Regional Library Headquarters) 100 W. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 443-3161 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Southern Boone County Public Library 109 N. Main St. | Ashland, MO 65010 (573) 657-7378 Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, Closed

UTILITIES (OTHER THAN CITY OF COLUMBIA): Ameren Missouri (800) 552-7583 | Boone County Regional Sewer District (573) 443-2774 | Boone Electric Cooperative (573) 449-4181 |

RECYCLING: Advantage Metals Recycling, LLC (metals/scrap) 705 N. Proctor Dr. | Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 442-1771


Mediacom (866) 755-2225 Quantum Wireless Internet and Television (573) 256-1166 Socket (573) 817-0000 | Tranquility Internet (573) 443-3983 |

MEDIA: MAGAZINE Columbia Business Times (573) 499-1830 NEWSPAPERS Columbia Daily Tribune (573) 815-1600 | Columbia Missourian (573) 882-5714

RADIO: 93.9-The Eagle 94.3-KAT Country 101.9-The Wave Clear99

CenturyLink (573) 886-3336 |

KBIA-93.1 FM NPR-member station licensed by University of Missouri

Charter Communications (888) 438-2427 |

KBXR-102.3 FM | Album Adult Alternative KCMQ-96.7 FM | Classic Rock

KPLA-101.5 FM | Adult Contemporary KTGR-1580 AM | Sports Talk KTGR-100.5 KWOS-101.1 | News Radio KWWR-95.7 FM | Country KXEO-1340 AM | Adult Comtemporary Y107

TELEVISION: ABC 17 C affil ate (573) 449-0917 | Columbia Access Television Public access television channel for the city of Columbia. (573) 442-4447 | KMOS-TV PBS-member station licensed to the University of Central Missouri. (600) 543-4155 | KOMU 8 & Mid-Missouri’s CW C affil ate and only un ers ty o ned commercial television station. Operating out of The University of Missouri. (573) 884-6397 | KRCG 13 C affil ate (573) 896-5144 | KQFX FOX 22 – o affil ate (573) 449-0917


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TRANSPORTATION: COMO Connect (573) 874-7282 | Bus service Monday through Friday, 6:25 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, no service MO-X / Doc & Norm Direct (573) 256-1991 | Shuttle service Taxi Terry’s (573) 441-1414 Taxi service

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‰ Who is the Chamber? ince 1905, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce has been a voluntary, membersupported organization of business, industrial and professional people who are dedicated to developing, promoting and maintaining a sound and healthy economic climate for Columbia. The Chamber is a non-profit organization with about 1,100 members working together to enhance the Columbia business community.

‰ Engaging Business for Community Excellence WHAT IS OUR MISSION? The mission of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce is to lead our community, drive commerce in our region and advance community and regional collaborations, thereby enhancing the quality of where we live, learn, work and play. WHAT IS OUR VISION? Through persistent commitment to our mission, we see a future characterized by unprecedented achievements in both public policy and economic vitality. We are dedicated to nurturing and providing leadership to ensure community aspirations become realities. WHAT ARE OUR STRATEGIC ISSUES? • Be the voice of business • Deliver value to members • Advance community excellence • Support sustainable economic development


• Develop organizational sustainability HOW IS THE CHAMBER FUNDED? The Chamber is a nonprofit, 501(c)6 organization funded by membership dues, programming and events. WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS? Members include businesses of all sizes, from one-person shops to large corporations. Approximately 80% of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce membership is small businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

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‰ Chamber Programs & Services The Chamber is the voice of the business community. It listens to and delivers what members want. Whether it is guidance in certain situations, endorsing ballot initiatives or legislative action, the process is all member driven. The Chamber has a consistent presence at the Capitol in Jefferson City and at Columbia City Council meetings. It has a dedicated lobbyist regularly talking with the Columbia delegation to make sure the business community is not negatively affected. This past year, the Chamber helped educate voters on a statewide level to understand where candidates for Missouri Governor stand on business issues. The 2016 Governor Debate featured a Republican Primary debate with four candidates vying for one spot.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce takes its role of advocating for the business community seriously. It has recently increased efforts in the legislative realm which is led by the Government Affairs Committee. The committee provides leadership, information and advocacy that enhances the economic environment and represents the political interests of the Columbia business community. One of the key components of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts is to develop cooperative relationships with organizations and to establish and nurture positive relationships with local, state and national elected officials. The Chamber, City of Columbia, Boone County Government, Columbia Public Schools and University of Missouri meet regularly to discuss how to solve community issues and visions for the future of Columbia. The Chamber strives to promote economic development in Columbia and Boone

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County. The Chamber works closely with Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to promote positive economic expansion while maintaining a high quality of life. In addition, the Centennial Investors Angel Investor Network, which the Chamber helped establish and provides support for, meets the early capital needs of university and private sector entrepreneurs. The organization assists with bringing to market exciting ideas generated in university labs and private businesses. This ultimately produces revenue for the company, city and state. The Chamber works to actively develop and provide opportunities for leaders in the community. The Leadership Columbia Program identifies and nurtures future leaders who can guide the community to achieve economic vitality that will provide lasting benefit for the future. The Junior Leadership Columbia Program works to motivate high school students and develop their potential for community leadership. The Leadership Visit program is an annual trip coordinated by the Chamber to another city for a diverse delegation of leaders from our community’s public, private and nonprofit sectors. The visit provides an opportunity for interaction with leaders in the host community, facilitates exchange of best practices and allows for high-level networking opportunities. The Chamber hosts a variety of programs throughout the year to give our members the opportunity to build and solidify relationships. The largest events hosted by the Chamber include four Quarterly Membership Breakfasts, Chamber Classic Golf Tournament, Economic Outlook Conference, Small Business Week, Business Showcase, Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast, Agricultural Recognition Banquet, Legislative Reception and the Annual Membership and Awards Banquet. The Chamber’s three divisions also host monthly luncheons, mixers, volunteer events and the ATHENA® International Awards Banquet.

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• AMBASSADORS Purpose: To reinforce the Chamber’s mission in the hope of advancing economic development in Columbia and the surrounding trade area by “helping celebrate what’s important to you… Your Business!” • EMERGING PROFESSIONALS IN COLUMBIA (EPIC) Purpose: To engage, develop and celebrate emerging leaders through professional growth opportunities and social interactions. • WOMEN’S NETWORK Purpose: To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach. • FAIR MISSOURI FOUNDATION Purpose: The Fair Missouri Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation formed exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The nine-member Board of Directors for the Fair Missouri Foundation includes, but is not limited to, certain officers and the President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. • CENTENNIAL INVESTORS Purpose: Centennial Investors is focused on investing in and establishing MidMissouri entrepreneurs and their companies.

‰ Chamber Comm ttees • AGRIBUSINESS & BIOSCIENCE COMMITTEE Purpose: To support and stimulate growth of agribusiness and build awareness within the Chamber and surrounding community. • BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE Purpose: To assure financial solvency of the Chamber. • BUSINESS SHOWCASE COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide a networking/sales/ marketing opportunity for business professionals. • CHAMBER CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Purpose: To provide a networking opportunity between business professionals, friends, clients or prospects

while enjoying a day on the course. The money raised goes to support and build Chamber programs. • EMERGING ISSUES COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide a forum to discuss critical issues that are affecting the business community. • GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide leadership, information and advocacy that enhances the economic environment and represents the political interests of the Columbia business community. • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Purpose: To encourage, grow and educate our members on the importance of active involvement with Chamber activities. • SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE Purpose: To promote the growth, profitability and recognition of business. • TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN Purpose: To plan and implement the Total Resource Campaign, the Chamber’s annual fund raising campaign. • TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE Purpose: To facilitate discussion and decision-making to improve highway and roadway transportation infrastructure in the Columbia area. w

‰ Contact the Chamber Columbia Chamber of Commerce 300 S Providence Rd PO Box 1016 Columbia, MO 65205 Phone: (573) 874-1132 Fax: (573) 443-3986 Online: Facebook: COMOChamber Twitter:


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Print and digital communications provide exposure and keep members up-to-date on local businesses and Chamber and community activities. These publications include the weekly Chamber Activities Calendar, monthly Chamber Business Line Newsletter, and the annual Columbia: Live. Learn. Work. Play. Chamber community profile and resource guide, Membership Directory, the annual State Legislative Agenda and the Chamber’s website.

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CITY OF COLUMBIA Making Columbia the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play

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The City of Columbia provides top-notch and reliable public utility services including trash, storm water, water and light.

Have a question, comment or concern? The City is always listening and provides outlets for our citizens to reach out and receive the information they need alongside prompt and friendly service.

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BUSINESS ‰ A diverse economy keeps Columbia strong

the top 15 in its annual list of the 200 best small places for businesses and careers. The Milken Institute, in its annual list of the best-performing cities in America, gave Columbia top-10 rankings in 2015 for overall wage growth and for growth in high-tech GDP.

olumbia has the kind of business climate that towns large and small envy. Nationally recognized educational institutions; a bustling health care sector; a vibrant and eclectic central commercial district; and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit – all of these attributes work together to make Columbia a sought-after location for business. “The economic climate here is exceptional,” said Stacey Button, president of Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, a nonprofit organization that works to maintain a strong business climate in the

Columbia region. “We have a strong pipeline of projects now and into the future.” Columbia is regularly ranked highly in national publications for its strong economy and business-friendly approach. Last year, Forbes Magazine ranked Columbia among

In addition, multiple Columbia-based companies appeared on the 2016 Inc 5000 list, which identifies the fastest-growing private companies in America. included Columbia in its list of the top 15 American cities for entrepreneurs. “We have such a strong variety of businesses we work with,” Button said. “Large corporations, small start-ups and everything in between.” ›


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‰ Signs of strength One of the key indicators in the last year of Columbia’s strength as a business hub was Kraft Heinz’s decision to invest more than $100 million to modernize and expand its Columbia plant at a time when the company was closing other plants around the country. The Columbia facility, one of Kraft’s eight USDA-inspected food-processing facilities, is the home of Oscar Meyer hot dogs and currently produces up to one million pounds of hot dogs daily. Another local company, Dana Light Axle Products, is investing roughly $39 million in an expansion of its Columbia facility, which manufactures automotive parts. The project will add 135 jobs to the region, according to REDI.

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These expansions of legacy companies come at the same time as companies new to Columbia are setting roots in the area. In 2015, new local company BioPharma Services Inc. expanded its recently-opened laboratory and clinical facility in Columbia from 48 beds and 40 employees to 70 beds and 50 employees. BioPharma Services is a physician-owned and physician-run research organization. â&#x20AC;ş

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‰ Resources Columbia’s business climate remains strong in part because the community offers a variety of resources to both existing and new local companies.

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The University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program offers assistance to businesses at every stage in their development, from the original concept all the way through to maturity. The BDP estimates that in the last three years, the assistance it has offered to Missouri companies has resulted in $666 million in increased sales and $662 million in new investments, while also creating or retaining 30,383 jobs. One of its recent local successes was the Logboat Brewing Company, a craft brewery that opened in 2014 and was recently named the 2016 Columbia ›

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“There isn’t that much time between the closing of bars at 2 a.m. and the arrival of the first customers at our coffee shops,” Essing said. “We make it a priority to make sure the two crowds don’t negatively impact each other.”

Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. For more information, go to The REDI Innovation Hub offers business counseling, events and special programs in order to facilitate and maintain what REDI’s Stacey Button calls “an incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Columbia.” Businesses can apply for Innovation Hub assistance at


Another source of assistance for entrepreneurial start-ups is the Columbiabased Missouri Innovation Center, which offers a wide array of services including mentoring, research and financing. The organization also operates the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator. For more information, go to

‰ The District Columbia’s downtown area, known as The District, is one of the area’s key commercial engines. Bounded by three colleges and encompassing 50 square blocks, the area is home to hundreds of businesses, city & county government buildings and a diverse array of residential housing. The area hosts a variety of community events each year, from holiday celebrations to music festivals to art expos.

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More than 18,500 people live within one mile of the area, and more than 23,000 enter the District each day to work. This population density, combined with the nearby student population, creates a truly 24/7 economy in The District. “The District is very strong, both on the retail end and with our restaurants,” said Katie Essing, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement District (CID), an independent organization that works to keep the area vital. “Our vacancy rate is just two percent. We’re seeing so many good things happen.” One of the challenges that face areas like The District is the need to balance “day” and “night” economies. The District, home to many popular restaurants and bars, boasts a vibrant nightlife. It is home also to many locally owned retail shops that operate during the day.

Toward that end, the CID has partnered with the Block by Block janitorial firm to keep The District clean between economic “shifts.” The group also launched a cigarette recycling program; special receptacles were placed throughout The District for the collection of cigarette butts, which were then taken away for recycling. Essing estimated that 39,000 discarded cigarettes are recycled each month. The CID is also moving forward with the Gateways project, which will help create a visual identity for The District will be installing “light hubs” – illuminated displays of art from local artists – at key locations. Looking ahead, the CID plans to be involved in ongoing discussions about transit, parking and design guidelines in The District. “As we grow, there will always be conversations about what we want The District to look and feel like,” Essing said. “We are fortunate to be in a community that truly values the area and wants to ensure its vitality and sustainability for years to come.” w

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‰ Boone County Largest Employers 3M ABC Laboratories, Inc. Boone County Government Boone Hospital Center Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories, PC Central Bank of Boone County CenturyLink City of Columbia Columbia College Columbia Public Schools Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. IBM Joe Machens Dealerships Kraft Foods Columbia Landmark Bank MBS Textbook Exchange MFA, Inc. MidwayUSA Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance OTSCON Pepsico/Quaker Oats Schneider Electric Square D Shelter Insurance Companies State Farm Insurance Companies

University Hospital and Clinics University of Missouri–Columbia U.S. Dept. of Agriculture U.S. Postal Service Veterans United Home Loans Woodhaven

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ARTS & CULTURE Columbia’s institutions of higher education bring art to the community as well. One such place is the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, which houses artifacts, paintings and sculptures. Each spring, the museum hosts Art in Bloom, a festival combining art with the natural world. Attendees come from near and far to see floral displays created by area florists that are inspired by pieces in the museum’s collection. If all this artistry unleashes the Picasso in you, then check out Paint the Town, an upscale “Paint, Drink and Party” destination. Visitors create their own artworks from a selection of fun and easy paintings on display, or can devise one of their own imagining.

‰ Columbia’s arts and culture options span wide range of interests f you are looking for a wealth of arts and cultural opportunities and just plain fun, you have come to the right place. Columbia offers abundant options to suit almost any taste, including art galleries large and small, a monthly art crawl, performance spaces, theaters, nightclubs, cafes and more. The heart of Columbia’s art scene is the North Village Arts District, a bohemian paradise home to an array of galleries that

attract art lovers from around the country. In this neighborhood alone you can find more than 150 artists plying their trades in studios, film companies, dance studios, interior design companies, live performance spaces and galleries. But wait, there’s more: a music school, art studios, nightclubs, theatres, cafes, a yoga studio and a farmers and artisans market. The area also boasts other creative spaces, which offer artists’ workshops, display and sales space and also hosts guest artist exhibitions and monthly lecture series with artist talks and literary readings.


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Jesse Auditorium, located in Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus, is another historic venue and has hosted many great orators and performers. At 1,700 seats, it’s the largest performance venue in Columbia. ›

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When it comes to theater, Columbia has that covered as well. An option is the Missouri Theatre. This one-time host of vaudeville performances, silent films and “talkies” now serves as a venue for cultural events such as the True/False Film Fest and the University Concert Series.

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‰ The Blue Note offers music for every taste The historic Blue Note is Columbia’s premiere live music destination, offering a variety of entertainment multiple nights per week. Selling over 50,000 tickets per year for almost 150 concerts and events, there is something for everyone at The Blue Note. You will find everything from rock to country, indie, EDM, bluegrass to funfilled retro dance parties and everything in between. Previous performers have including bands such as The Pixies, R.E.M and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Emmy and Tony Awardwinning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth, the ever-popular game show The Price is Right LIVE!, holiday favorite Mannheim Steamroller and Broadway mega-hit “Once.” A celebration of diverse cultures, the University Concert Series also includes performances by Argentine tango outfit Estampas Portenas, Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Harlem Renaissance-inspired “Raisin’ Cane” and “Harriet’s Return,” a one-woman show recounting the legendary life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. With both Missouri Theatre and Jesse Auditorium available to it, the University Concert Series is able to stage everything from intimate acoustic acts to full Broadway musicals. In keeping with the University of Missouri’s mission of promoting lifelong learning, the University Concert Series hosts preconcert lectures and talk-back opportunities with performers after the show for select performances. For more information on the 2016-17 season or to buy tickets, visit www.

Formerly a vaudeville theatre, the 800-person capacity venue has recently been remodeled and now features a completely new stateof-the-art sound and lighting system. The remodel has also turned the Blue Note into a desirable location for private events and weddings.


‰ Dance your heart out at Dancearts of Columbia Dancearts of Columbia has been serving Columbia since 1979. The company’s goal is to inspire and educate the community

about dance through professional, quality instruction in a positive atmosphere, said Marie Roberston, director and co-owner. Dancearts offers classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, break/house, musical theater and pre-school from August through May as well as during summer sessions. Participants aged 2 through adult are welcome, with classes focusing on a range of dancers including adults as well as boys-only. Dancearts also offers scholarships for college students enrolled in the Columbia area. Dancearts hosts an annual spring recital in late May at Jesse Auditorium. For more information, call (573) 875-1569 or visit their website at “Come join us at Dancearts,” Robertson said, “where dance is for everyone!” w

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‰ University Concert Series offers music, theater and more For more than 100 years, University Concert Series has dazzled audiences with its array of musical, theatrical and artistic offerings. Some of this season’s acts include big names like heartland rocker John Mellencamp,

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RECREATION ‰ Athletes have their pick of sports in Columbia ats, balls, nets, rackets, bicycles and more: whether you’re ready to lace up your sneakers for some healthy competition, help out athletes or just want to watch the fun, Columbia has got you covered with its

variety of annual sporting events. Among the organizations devoted to the cause are the Show-Me State Games, Special Olympics Missouri Central Area and the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

including more than 40 sports for athletes of all ages and abilities. Among the sports are basketball, football, golf, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse, archery, disc golf, martial arts and mountain biking.

The Show-Me State Games take place over the summer months in Columbia and feature an Olympic-style summer festival

Numerous events held throughout the year serve as fundraisers for The Show-Me State Games and help promote its overall mission of health, fitness, family and fun. These events include tournaments and a statewide Torch Run, with the largest fundraisers being the 3v3 Soccerfest and the “Hoopin’ It Up” basketball tournament. When the Games were founded in 1985, 600 athletes participated. Now, more than 30 years later, the Show-Me State Games are the largest of their kind in the country, bringing more than 64,000 athletes and spectators to Columbia in 2015. The Games have even attracted celebrities, including Olympic Gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, who attended the opening ceremonies and participated in the torch lighting ceremony in 2013, and Olympic 2016 Bronze medalist wrestler J’den Cox from the University of Missouri, who in 2014 sang the national anthem at the opening ceremonies for the Show-Me State games. Also offering a taste of the sporting life is Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) Central Area, which works to turn participation in sports into success off the field as well for people with intellectual disabilities.


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“Through year-round sports, our athletes learn much more than just sports skills,” says organization spokesperson Brandon Schatsiek. “They learn self-respect, sportsmanship, confidence and more just by training and competing in a variety of Olympic-type sports. So while we’re a sports organization at the basic level, our athletes actively learn life skills that don’t just help them on the field of competition, but in their daily lives as well.” More than 15,000 Missouri athletes participate in Special Olympics Missouri; its top goal is to provide physical, social and emotional benefits to participants in all areas of their lives.

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The group offers athletes 21 Olympicstyle sports and more than 250 trainings and competitions throughout the state. Columbia is host to a variety of competitions, including the Central Area Basketball Tournament, the Columbia Polar Plunge and the Central Area Spring Games. Another program run by SOMO is the Youth Athletes Program (www.SOMO. org/YAP) for children aged 7 and younger. Instruction and coaching helps prepare them for the main program once they reach the admission age. Also available is Unified Sports ( UnifiedSports), which allows people without intellectual disabilities to practice and compete with SOMO athletes in order to foster friendship and understanding. Numerous yearly competitions also are sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), a statewide organization comprised of approximately 600 senior and 200 junior public, private and parochial high schools. MSHSAA, in cooperation with the member schools, administers championships in softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls cross country, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, football, wrestling, boys and girls swimming and diving, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track and baseball. The Association also administers state events in music, speech, drama and debate and academic competition. In addition to running state tournaments and festivals in 23 activity areas, MSHSAA works to promote the educational values of interschool activities; establish standards to guide interscholastic activities; evaluate local, state and national contests to determine their value in the education of youth; and strives to prevent exploitation of high school youth.

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‰ Columbia Parks & Recreation: Pools, trails, golf, skating and more With so much outdoor recreation in Columbia, you will wonder why you ever wanted to stay indoors. Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department offers an array of wonderful opportunities including places for soccer players, hikers, bikers, joggers, swimmers, golfers, skaters, nature lovers and more. The parks and recreation department oversees 3,300 acres of parkland, 84 parks, abundant green spaces and multiple recreation facilities. PARKS, TRAILS, FIELDS AND TEES One of the largest outdoor spots is Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area, known around town as Cosmo Park. The park’s 533-acres are home to multiple sport fields, trails and a 28,000-square-foot skate park. It also includes the L.A. Nickell Golf Course, which is open year-round and features three sets of tees, 18 holes and a driving range. A second municipal golf course, Lake of the Woods, located at 6700 St. Charles Rd., is an 18-hole course with three sets of tees and newly renovated clubhouse. A new regional park, the Gans Creek Recreation Area, is also open. When fully completed, the 320-acre park is expected to serve the southern portion of the community with athletic fields and other active uses. Five multipurpose fields are open with two additional ones to be completed, while construction is continuing to add more amenities such as a concession stand and restrooms. As for trails, the city and surrounding areas are crisscrossed with a multitude of options. They have everything from large nature and wildlife areas to small neighborhood parks. These provide scenic spots for relaxation or


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exercise in the midst of the busy city, and also offer a way to take in the beauty of the natural, preserved green spaces. Some of the more popular community trails are Capen Nature Trail, Cosmo Fitness Trail, Cosmo Nature Trail, Fairview Nature Trail, Forum Wetland Trail, Grindstone Nature Trail and Indian Hills Trail. The city’s trail system includes seven destination trails, which are longer trails that often have restrooms and water fountains along the way. Aside from recreation, they have the added benefit of serving as commuter routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Among these are the MKT Nature and Fitness, Bear Creek, Hinkson Creek, County House, Hominy Creek, Scott’s Branch and South Providence trails. To make commuting via bike or foot convenient, connectors link neighborhoods to major destination trails. These connector trails, particularly the longer ones, provide an enjoyable journey in and of themselves. Among these connecting paths is Blue Ridge Road Connector, which leads to the Bear Creek Trail. Another is the Greenbriar Connector. This leads to the 8.9-mile MKT, one of Columbia’s best-loved trails, which connects the downtown area with the Katy Trail State Park. SWIMMING Want to get your splash on? Then check out Columbia’s popular municipal facilities for

swimming including the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, Lake of the Woods Pool and Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center, which is Columbia’s largest aquatic center, now includes a new children’s water play area. Other features include a double-loop enclosed flume water slide, 50-meter pool with two diving boards, shade umbrellas and a concession stand. The ARC also gives the swimmer in you several options to choose from. This aquatic center appeals to all individuals. The center includes a leisure pool maintained at 84-86 degrees year-long along with a zero depth entry. You also get a chance to have your inner child come out with the interactive water play structure, triple-loop water slide, lazy river and vortex. If you feel like getting your exercise in for the day, you have access to three 25-yard lap lanes. To relax, you can jump in the heated hydro-therapy pool or grab a snack at the concession area. This area also includes two wet multipurpose rooms that can host all sorts of parties. WINTER ACTIVITIES Cold weather does not have to mean the end of outdoor fun. Stephens Lake Park is the center for outdoor winter sports in Columbia. There is a hill for sledding on the east side of the lake while park-goers can warm themselves with a bonfire at the fire pit near the sled hill. The parks and recreation department provides wood when snow is on the ground or the lake conditions permit skating. Ice skating is allowed on Stephens Lake only when the ice has been checked and deemed thick enough. Additionally, people who ice fish can get in some ice time on the lake at Cosmo-Bethel Park when conditions allow, while those who enjoy cross-country skiing can head to the trails when snow conditions permit. Visit to learn more about parks and recreation facilities, hours of operation, fees and private rentals.

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‰ Columbia’s festival scene celebrates film h story music and more Film festivals, check. History festivals, yes indeed. Music, arts and crafts festivals, we got ‘em. For festivals catering to almost every taste, Columbia is the place to be. Among the most well-known is the annual True/False Film Fest, which champions the best new documentaries and filmmakers. Recognized by for its “stellar programming,” as well its “sense of For a touch of history, check out the Heritage Festival & Craft Show, which will celebrate 40 years in 2017. Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past and get a taste of American Indian, German and folk dance along with traditional music. You will also see artisans and tradesmen demonstrate “lost arts,” and can shop for handmade crafts.

community,” True/False Film Fest’s goals are to promote art and dialogue while deepening the community’s understanding of itself and the world at large.

Another favorite of Columbia film buffs is the Citizen Jane Film Festival, a threeday intimate event put on by Stephens College that celebrates and showcases the work of female filmmakers, both emerging and established, around the globe. Started in 2008, the event continues to grow in attendance. In addition to screenings, attendees enjoy filmmaker panels, workshops and parties.

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One of Columbia’s most time-honored annual events is Art in the Park, a beloved tradition for more than 55 years. Taking place each June amid the beauty of Stephens Lake Park and featuring more than 110 artists from Missouri and across the country, Art in the Park is both the largest and the oldest fine arts festival in Mid-Missouri. Thousands flock to the event, which includes fine arts and crafts in a variety of media. Additional attractions include the Emerging Artist Pavilion, featuring work by Boone County high school artists, roving magicians and children’s entertainers and the Kid’s Art Spot where young artists can get creative.

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Begun in 2003, a year some call “the year of the documentary,” the True/False Film Fest has a prominent place on the world’s nonfiction film stage, but still remains a huge community effort with more than 500 Mid-Missourians volunteering to work the event each year. Besides being a fun, culturally enriching event, local restaurants and hotels reap the rewards of the annual influx of festival attendees and volunteers. Celebrating its 14th year in 2017, the Fest remains a prime attraction, selling 50,940 tickets in 2016, which comes out to about 15,000 attendees.

Another popular festival is Roots N Blues N BBQ, which features live music from more than 30 international, national, regional and local artists representing a variety of genres, from roots, blues and gospel to country, folk and soul. Rounding out the fun is delicious barbecue and other goodies from local and regional vendors. In 2015, more than 24,500 fans from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, Great Britain and Turkey traveled to the annual September festival held in Stephens Lake Park.

If you are looking for something a bit red, white and blue, then visit the annual Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend and Air Show. The free weekend includes a spectacular exhibit of planes from World Wars I and II, as well as various other notable historical aircraft. More than 50 military aircraft along with the United States Golden Knights Parachute Team perform air stunts. Patriotic music fills the streets of The District as a lavish Memorial Day Parade passes through, featuring more than 100 floats, veteran reunion groups, bands, military vehicles and patriotic organizations – all in honor of soldiers past and present.

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‰ Schools and economy keep Columbia housing market strong he real-estate market in the Columbia area has a lot of things going for it.

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Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, provides a number of resources for individuals or companies looking for commercial real estate, including a comprehensive database of available sites, information about incentives and more. A check of listings in August of 2016, for example, showed that a warehouse building at 90,600 square feet in size was available on Boone Road. REDI’s listing stated that the building was constructed in 1993 and could be subdivided. The building is located 1.5 miles from the nearest four-lane highway and 2.5 miles from the nearest interstate.

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EDUCATION ‰ A wealth of options from early childhood through college amilies in Columbia benefit from an unusually rich assortment of education options – high-quality public schools, independent private schools and numerous parochial options. The wide range of choices continues all the way through higher education, as Columbia is home to multiple colleges and universities.

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COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS More than 18,000 students in and around Columbia attend Columbia Public Schools, which serves students from early childhood through high school. The district includes 35 school buildings and three support facilities. The district has been “Accredited with Distinction” by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Growth has been a big issue for the district in recent years. The school system opened the 2016-2017 school year with a brand new school, Beulah Ralph Elementary. The 89,000-square-foot school opened with an estimated enrollment of 503 students. More new schools, and additions to existing ones, are part of Columbia Public Schools’ long-range facilities plan. To help fund these projects, the district asked for and received voter approval for a 65-cent tax increase and $30 million in bonds. The community’s support so far has allowed the district to dramatically reduce the number of trailers needed as temporary classrooms, officials said. “There has been a steady amount of growth in Columbia,” district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said. “And most of the people

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Columbia Public Schools continues to be a high-performing district. The 2015 school report card shows that district students scored a composite score of 23.2 on the ACT, higher than the state composite of 21.7. The district also surpasses the state in graduation rate and college enrollment. Find out more about Columbia Public Schools at

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ADDITIONAL CHOICES FOR FAMILIES Columbia Independent School | (573) 777-9250

Columbia Independent School (CIS) provides a stimulating learning environment and a challenging curriculum that together prepare students to become creative, compassionate and insightful world leaders. CIS serves students in junior kindergarten through Grade 12. Small classes and a well-trained faculty ensure that students receive personal attention while they pursue a classic liberal arts curriculum. Students attending CIS acquire the knowledge they need to prepare them for college and the working world. The Global Perspectives Program introduces students to international cultures through foreign language, global issues, the arts and cultural exchanges. Off-campus study programs for upper school students include the opportunity to study abroad at CIS’s sister school, Cheadle Hulme School in England. International service opportunities are also available to students entering their senior year through a partnership with Be the Change Volunteers, where students have traveled to South Africa, India, Guatemala, Malawi, Peru and Papua New Guinea.

Columbia Public Schools is a reflection of our community. Education is something we value and share. Our focus, from preschool to adult career education, is excellence. Our vision is to be the best district in the state and our mission is to provide an excellent education for all students. · Nationally recognized as a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine for its efforts related to student achievement · Top 10 school district ranking for exemplary and innovative use of technology by the National School Boards Association · Nationally ranked high school by Newsweek magazine · Nationally recognized by SchoolMatch with the “What Parents Want” award · Top 15 school district ranking by · ACT and SAT scores exceed state and national averages


The Center for Inspiration, Innovation, and Investigation engages all students’ natural curiosity with challenging handson projects focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A full slate of extracurricular offerings, from athletics to character-development programs, rounds out the CIS experience. ›

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Christian Fellowship School | (573) 445-8565

For 35 years, Christian Fellowship School (CFS) has provided an academically challenging and Christ-centered education for students from PK-12th grade. In addition to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, CFS offers dual-credit courses that allow students to earn both college and highschool credits. Courses in language arts, social studies, science and math are the main focus, but students are also exposed to the visual arts and music with opportunities to participate in choir, band, speech and drama. As part of their faith-based education, students attend daily Bible classes, weekly chapel and experience Biblical integration in their course studies. Athletics provide

an opportunity to enhance physical fitness while cultivating character traits including perseverance, teamwork, discipline and good sportsmanship. Students have soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, track and cheer to choose from when deciding to join a team. School highlights: • 9 National Merit Scholars & 5 National Merit Commended students since 1994 • Average ACT composite score for CFS graduating seniors over the past 5 years is 26.0. National and Missouri state averages are 21.1 and 21.6 respectively. • During its 30-year history, 16.7 percent of CFS graduates have qualified for the Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship, placing them among the top 3 percent of students in the state of Missouri. • Approximately 90 percent of CFS graduates continue their education at four-year colleges and universities. • CFS graduates have been accepted at 65 different colleges and universities in 24 states. • With an enrollment of nearly 300, CFS students & families represent over 40 local churches.

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School | (573) 445-7700

Opened in 2011 as the first Catholic high school in Columbia and the 40th Catholic school in the diocese of Jefferson City, Tolton’s enrollment has grown from 52 students in its first year to 300 currently. Named for trailblazing priest Fr. Augustine Tolton, the school is the result of many years of hard work and fundraising on the part of the local Catholic churches and the diocese as a whole. The school serves students in grades 9 through 12, and it boasts a studentto-faculty ratio of better than 11 to 1. The school’s first 121 graduates have been offered more than $18 million in college scholarship dollars. Tolton offers a full complement of co-curricular activities in athletics, performing arts and academic areas. Fr. Tolton Catholic High School educates students within a community of faith founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. The college-preparatory school has high expectations for both behavior and academic performance. Tolton is committed to providing students with a challenging curriculum and equipping them with a strong moral compass and sense of personal accountability to ensure their success in higher education. By teaching respect for

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‰ Higher education options The University of Missouri | (573) 882-2121

Enrollment continues to be strong at Mizzou, in terms of both quantity and quality. The fall 2015 student body included Mizzou’s largest number of high-achieving students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, the state’s biggest international student enrollment and a record number of students from minority groups. › Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri

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Columbia is home to the state’s largest university and the first public university founded west of the Mississippi River -- the University of Missouri. The school was founded in 1839. More than 175 years later, “Mizzou” serves more than 35,000 students from all over the world, and it is known as one of the country’s finest academic and research institutions.

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Moberly Area Community College (MACC) is a key component of the educational system in the Columbia region. MACC, which has a campus in Columbia and serves a large portion of northeast Missouri, offers associate degrees in a variety of subjects, along with a full slate of terminal certificate programs. The school’s open admissions approach and affordable tuition ensure that it is accessible to the widest range of people, officials said. “MACC really opens doors to education for all different types of students -- those who aren’t in the financial position to pay for a four-year degree, those who have been away from school for a number of years, and so on,” said Paul Zacharias, MACC’s director of marketing and public relations. MACC remains both career-focused and committed to educational excellence. The


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school’s certificate programs have a high job-placement rate, and its associate of arts and associate of science programs prepare students well for the completion of bachelor’s degrees at four-year universities. Recent additions to the MACC course catalog include a certificate program in “mechatronics,” an applied-science program that prepares students to maintain and repair the kind of sophisticated mechanical equipment found in contemporary manufacturing facilities. MACC also recently revamped its associate of science program in engineering so that it more closely aligned with the four-year programs at nearby schools like the University of Missouri Central Methodist University (660) 248-3391

Since 1854, Central Methodist University has provided quality education to midMissouri and beyond. Its historic main campus is in Fayette, a short half-hour drive from Columbia, and is noted for its exceptional fine and performing arts, health professions, science and teacher education programs. CMU programs also are offered in Columbia at both the Parkade Center and the Forum Shopping Center, as well as a growing number of classes and programs online. CMU’s new Thogmorton Center for Allied Health opened in Fall 2015. New programs this year include both occupational and physical therapy assistant, along with a new music ministry major. Several graduate programs are available, including two in Columbia (Clinical Counseling and Teacher Education); an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is available in Columbia too. More than 5,000 attend CMU each year. ›


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Stephens College | (573) 442-2211

Established in 1833, Stephens College is one of fewer than 50 women’s colleges in the country and is the second oldest to remain a women’s college. Offering career-focused

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programs in the liberal arts with an emphasis on creative arts and health sciences, the college takes an experiential approach to education, ensuring that students have access to quality classroom instruction combined with external work experiences designed to complement coursework. U.S. News &

World Report ranked Stephens College the 23rd-best regional college in the Midwest on its annual Best Colleges List. Stephens is included in the Princeton Review’s 378 Best Colleges guide, with the theater program ranked 11th. The college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program was rated

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No. 1 in the world for long-term value by the respected Business of Fashion in London, as well as 13th-best fashion program overall. Stephens has opened a new Center for Health Sciences – a state-of-the-art facility that welcomed this fall the first cohort of students in the master’s degree program for physician assistant studies. The college’s Children’s School, an on-campus multi-age school for preschool and elementary students, has moved into a new space above the library, ensuring integration with college programs, labs and faculty. And the school’s well-known Citizen Jane Film Festival, was included in a list of “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker magazine.

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For more than 165 years, Columbia College has helped students advance their lives through higher education. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Columbia College offers small classes taught by experienced, innovative faculty. With more than 30 locations around the country, 18 of which are on military installations, Columbia College educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 83,000 alumni worldwide. Students may enroll in day, evening or online classes.

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Fully accredited Est. 1854

Columbia College is in the midst of a time of exciting growth and change as a new academic structure was recently implemented, organizing the institution’s degree offerings into three schools featuring three founding deans. The Cougar athletics program also continues to grow, recently adding the sports of baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s bowling, bringing the total of NAIA varsity sports offered by the college to 15. A competitive online gaming, or ›

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eSports, squad was also added in the fall of 2016, making the college one of the first institutions in the country to offer scholarships for gamers. Combine those items with the addition of a bachelor’s degree in nursing that has been added this fall and you have the makings of a historic year on campus.


Also, for the fourth year in a row Columbia College was named to Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” list. The Best for Vets list is compiled annually to provide service members with information on colleges and degree programs that would help them meet their long-term educational goals. Approximately 25 percent of Columbia College students are service members, veterans or their dependents. William Woods University | (800) 995-3159

William Woods University brings its curriculum to life through a service-learning approach, where students learn through hands-on experiences. More than 1,100

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undergraduate students are enrolled at the university, a student body that represents more than 35 states and 24 countries. Williams Woods offers unique undergraduate programs, including an internationally recognized equestrian studies program, a four-year American Sign Language interpreting program and a criminal justice degree with homeland security emphasis. The university also offers a variety of graduate programs via evening or online classes.

Among its successful alumni is an Olympic gold medalist, the trainer of Thunder, mascot of the Denver Broncos, and innumerable professionals in medicine, business, law and education. William Woods graduates fill positions at Disney, 3M, Coca-Cola, UPS, Hewlett-Packard and many other major corporations. Bryan University | (855) 566-0650

Bryan University has a campus in Columbia as well as several other locations in the Midwest. Founded in 1982, the school is committed to providing career-focused education and training that prepares students for immediate success in the working world. Bryan offers academic associate’s degrees in a variety of subject areas – criminal justice and business administration among them – as well as numerous diploma programs. Bryan’s unique “hybrid learning” option allows students to study via both classroom and online instruction. w

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Accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Day, evening and online classes available to fit your schedule.

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HEALTH CARE ‰ Boone Hospital Center continues tradition of health care excellence oone Hospital Center has a tradition of health care excellence in Mid-Missouri. Ever since the hospital opened in 1921, physicians and staff at Boone Hospital have worked together to improve the health of our region. Boone Hospital has always been a community hospital. It was the community in Boone County that voted, in 1919, to first create the hospital, approving a plan to spend $100,000 to construct what was originally called Boone County Hospital. Physician Dr. Frank Nifong was one of the biggest proponents. He would later become the hospital’s chief of staff.

Following success at the polls, five residents were appointed as the first Boone Hospital board of trustees. Among their first tasks was selecting a site for the hospital; they settled on purchasing four acres along East Broadway which would become the Boone Hospital campus. It is the site where the greatly expanded hospital still sits today. On Dec. 10, 1921, the community turned out in great numbers to witness the hospital’s grand opening ceremony. History has it that buggies and cars were parked on both sides of the streets for blocks around. Residents squeezed inside the doorway, crowded through the main corridor and up the stairway to help celebrate their new hospital. Just days later, the first patients arrived. Then on Christmas Eve, the first Boone Baby was born.

ADVANCED CARE From this humble beginning, Boone Hospital grew to become today’s 397-bed hospital, offering the region’s most advanced care across a full spectrum of service line offerings. As part of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, Boone is known for its advanced cardiology care, obstetrics services, neurology expertise, surgical specialists, oncology and orthopedic excellence. The hospital has a full-service emergency department, a rehabilitation unit, a clinical laboratory and cutting edge radiology services. In addition, Boone has a host of specialized programs serving a wide variety of medical needs such as audiology, clinical behavioral treatment, an employee assistance program, an infectious disease program, ›


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We had a baby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Boone. See the newest addition to the Boone family at the corner of Nifong and Forum. Now open and taking patients, Boone Hospital Nifong Medical Plaza offers the care you know and trust in a second, convenient location.


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The care at Boone Hospital is regularly recognized by national organizations such as The Joint Commission, National Research Corporation, PRC, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Review and others. U.S. News and World Report has named Boone Hospital Center the top hospital in midMissouri and the third ranked hospital in the state for two consecutive years. In addition, Boone was one of 63 hospitals in the nation to rank as a top performer in all nine of the U.S. News and World Report categories of care. â&#x20AC;º

pain management services, pediatrics, a sleep center, supportive care, weight loss assistance and a wound healing center. Boone Hospital recently opened the Nifong Medical Plaza at the corner of Forum and Nifong Boulevards in south Columbia. Convenient Care, primary care, radiology, therapy and laboratory services along with a retail pharmacy are all available at this new satellite location. Outside of Columbia, Boone Hospital provides care through its Boone Medical Group clinics in Ashland, Boonville, Centralia, Glasgow, Hallsville, Moberly and Mexico. PHYSICIAN COLLABORATION Across these service lines, the hospital is fortunate to have the service of approximately 350 physicians, many of



whom were trained at some of the most prestigious universities and medical schools. While the hospital employs some of these physicians directly, most doctors who practice at Boone Hospital belong to private physician practice groups in mid-Missouri. These physician groups include some of the most respected large practices in the region, including the Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Missouri Cancer Associates, Columbia Surgical Associates, Neurology Inc., Urology Associates, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Associates and many more practices of all sizes. The collaboration between Boone Hospital and the physicians creates the outstanding care that Mid-Missourians have come to expect.



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Columbia Orthopaedic Group

Garth S. Russell, MD Dennis L. Abernathie, MD Peter K. Buchert, MD Patrick A. Smith, MD Thomas R. Highland, MD James F. Eckenrode, MD Randal R. Trecha, MD Mark A. Adams, MD Jennifer L.K. Clark, MD Benjamin T. Holt, MD John D. Miles, MD B. Bus Tarbox, MD David E. Hockman, MD

Matt E. Thornburg, MD Jeffrey W. Parker, M D Todd M. Oliver, MD S. Craig Meyer, MD B.J. Schultz, MD Christopher D. Farmer, MD Brian D. Kleiber, MD Kurt T. Bormann, MD Jason T. Koreckij, MD Alan G. Anz, MD Matt L. Jones, MD Tameem Yehyawi, MD Joshua C. Hamann, MD J. Camp Newton, MD • 1 South Keene Street Columbia, MO 65201 • 573-443-2402

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Pediatrician Bernard Eskridge, M.D., treats a patient at the South Providence General Pediatrics clinic. As the largest and most comprehensive pediatric care team in central Missouri, MU Health Care offers more than 30 pediatric subspecialties.

‰ University of Missouri Health Care offers full spectrum of care


Staying healthy is a lifelong journey. At University of Missouri Health Care, patients have access to a comprehensive team of specialists to help every step of the way. As part of the state’s premier academic health center, MU Health Care offers patients a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for the most severe illnesses and injuries. At MU Health Care, patients play an integral role in their care. A patient-centered approach is not just about providing quality care, but also being accessible to patients in person, online and via secure messaging – all at times chosen by the patient. Patients with minor health issues who wish to see a health care provider immediately with no appointment can walk into any of the Mizzou

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Quick Care clinics located in all three Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores. MU Health Care’s commitment to using technology to streamline the patient experience recently earned the health system global recognition: the HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence. The award represents the highest level of achievement for health care technology innovations. As an American Hospital Association “Most Wired” health system for six consecutive years, MU Health Care uses technology to engage patients with their lifestyles in mind. MU Health Care patients can manage appointments, securely message physicians, request prescription refills, access immunization history and more through the MU Healthe patient portal. Through mobile video visits, patients can save time and money by seeing their physicians “virtually” when an in-person visit may not

be necessary. The portal is available to new and existing patients and also offers the ability to view physician notes online after a visit. The notes include clinical observations, diagnostic test results and other details of a patient’s care. MU Health Care’s comprehensive health network began when University Hospital opened in Columbia in 1956. Today, MU Health Care consists of University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the Missouri Psychiatric Center, all based in Columbia, as well as more than 50 outpatient clinics in central Missouri. Affiliates include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Columbia Surgical Associates and Rusk Rehabilitation Center. Additionally, MU Health Care is a founding member of the Health Network of Missouri and MPact Health, statewide networks to improve health care access and coordination of care.

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MU Health Care is a part of University of Missouri Health, which also includes the MU School of Health Professions, MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing and the University Physicians practice plan. A majority of the physicians practicing in Missouri today were trained at the MU School of Medicine. They refer many patients to MU Health Care because they know MU Health Care can offer patients:

MU Health Care is home to a $190 million, eightstory patient care tower at University Hospital. The addition houses Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Missouri’s official state cancer center.

• Physicians well-versed in the latest treatments, technologies, research and innovations to treat patients and provide medical education • Access to the latest discoveries in medicine, such as the Mizzou BioJoint Center, an innovative regenerative orthopaedics program with a preservation system developed at MU. It is the first and only in the nation • Traveling clinics and telemedicine technology delivered to rural sites around the state Patients and families who choose MU Health Care have access to many other unique resources including: • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Network®, through a collaboration with Ellis Fischel Cancer Center • The region’s only Level I trauma center, at University Hospital

Based at University Hospital, MU Health Care’s Staff for Life helicopter delivers state-of-the-art clinical care and stabilization with rapid response to both injury scenes and other facilities.

• A Level I comprehensive stroke center, at University Hospital • The state’s only hospital dedicated to women’s and children’s health care • Mid-Missouri’s first low-intervention birthing program, at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital • The region’s largest and most comprehensive orthopaedic hospital, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

• A family medicine program ranked among the top 10 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report for 23 consecutive years To schedule a visit with one of the physicians, visit Connect with MU Health Care online at, and ›

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• The region’s largest medical group comprised of more than 600 physicians trained in more than 60 specialties and subspecialties

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‰ Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Provides Health Care to Veterans The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital (Truman VA) is a general medical and surgical tertiary care teaching facility that is one of seven medical centers in the VA Heartland Network (VISN 15). In addition to outpatient clinics located at the facility, Truman VA currently operates eight community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Missouri at: •Fort Leonard Wood (Waynesville) •Jefferson City

•Mexico •Sedalia •Saint James Truman VA provides a full continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is committed to excellent patient care, education and research. The facility offers comprehensive care including primary care, medical and surgical specialties, behavioral health, rehabilitation medicine and longterm care. Truman VA is a VA referral center for heart care services, including open heart surgery

and Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures. The Columbia facility is one of six VA medical centers nationally providing TAVR procedures. The facility serves the health care needs of veterans in 43 Missouri counties and one county in Illinois, with a veteran population of approximately 93,000. With the exception of Boone County, the area is considered rural. The facility operates 110 beds (medical, surgical, acute psychiatry, long-term care and transitional residence). A new behavioral health Residential Rehabilitation

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Treatment Unit will open in 2016, adding more inpatient beds. In 2015, Truman VA provided care for 38,000 veterans and exceeded 450,000 outpatient visits. Staff members work with and support referring facilities and practitioners while taking care of the patient care demands from local area veterans. In 2015, the facility performed nearly 200 open-heart procedures. A major construction project to replace/ renovate the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating room suite was approved in 2007, with the construction award made in June 2009. This project added approximately 25,000 square feet of new space and renovated 14,000 square feet of existing space for a new operatory suite with appropriate utilities and support space. The first phase was completed in May 2012, when the first surgical cases in the new operating room suites were performed. The entire project was completed in November 2013. This completion date was delayed because an additional fully equipped, hybrid operating suite dedicated for endovascular procedures was approved in 2011. Several additional key construction projects are underway or will continue in 2016. They include a replacement intensive care unit by adding an additional floor to the ambulatory care building that will allow for expansion of oncology, the dental clinic, a patient education center and a parking garage. The University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine affiliation provides opportunities for MU medical students to rotate through the facility with the Truman VA paying for 88 resident physicians. Through educational agreements with several nursing schools and allied health training programs, approximately 900 students are trained at Truman VA every year.

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There are several core areas of work done by research investigators at Truman VA, ranging from cardiovascular medicine to radiopharmaceutical sciences. VA researchers work in conjunction with numerous MU medical school departments as well as the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Research Nuclear Reactor. In recognition of the robust research program, the facility hosted the 2016 national VA Research Week symposium in May 2016. Of particular note is the fact that four of the 30 national VA Career Research Scientist awards belong to staff members at the Columbia facility. w

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Clarence E. Jett, LLC, CPA Clarence E. Jett 19 E. Walnut St., Ste. D Columbia, MO 65203-4505 (573) 442-7856 Individual, Corporate Partnership, Estate and Trust Tax Returns. Accounting. Bookkeeping. Payroll Preparation. Payroll Tax Reporting.

Hanson & Company, CPAs, P.C. Phillip F. Hanson 108 E. Green Meadows Rd., Ste. 1 Columbia, MO 65203-3633 (573) 875-6600 As CPAs we act as advisors on a wide range of financial matters for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. To see if we can help you, contact our office.

Automotive — Collision Repair


Central Missouri Auto Body Carol Miller 5353 N. Hwy. 763 Columbia, MO 65202-1026 (573) 875-5877 Central Missouri Auto Body is a female owned company that has been serving the mid-Missouri area since 1982. “Some Repairs You See… Ours You Don’t”

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Automotive — Parts/Repairs/Services


Privitt Auto Service, Inc. Douglas E. Privitt 721 W. Sexton Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-2403 (573) 449-7941 We are a family-owned business that has been doing business since 1963.

End of the Rainbow Child Development Center Nikki Reynolds 2505 Old Hwy. 63 S Columbia, MO 65201-5319 (573) 442-7979 End of the Rainbow is locally owned and operated. Since 1986, End of the Rainbow has provided Columbia area families with a high quality learning and development program.


Children’s Clothing Landmark Bank Matt Williams 801 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65205 (573) 499-7333 Landmark Bank, a $2.6 billion institution headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, offers a complete range of banking services for large and small businesses alike.

La Di Da Children’s Boutique Christina Maurizi 2001 Corona Rd., Ste. 203 Columbia, MO 65203-5924 (573) 397-6991 We offer clothing sizes birth-10 years and carry clothes as unique as the child who wears them. We also offer everyone’s favorite shoes as well as accessories and gifts!

Credit Unions

Tigers Community Credit Union 3310 Bluff Creek Dr., Ste. 101 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 443-8462 At Tigers Community Credit Union, your success is our success. We offer a full range of services to meet your financial needs. Start banking cooperatively today! Learn more at

Dentists Family Health & Dental Centers Gloria Crull 1001 W. Worley St. Columbia, MO 65203-2037 (573) 214-2314

Distributors & Wholesalers

Sam’s Club #8163 101 Conley Rd. Columbia, MO 65201-6469 (573) 875-2979 Membership-only warehouse chain selling a variety of bulk grocery items, electronics & home goods.

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Fr. Tolton Catholic High School Bernard Naumann, President 3351 E. Gans Rd. Columbia, MO 65201-8989 (573) 445-7700 A college preparatory school, we have high standards for both academics and behavior; our programming facilitates the growth of the whole student: spirit, heart, mind, and body.

Healthcare Organizations/ Equipment Family Health & Dental Centers Gloria Crull 1001 W. Worley St. Columbia, MO 65203-2037 (573) 214-2314

Heating & Air Conditioning

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Comfort Suites — Columbia Hotel Group, LLC Mike Patel 1010 Business Loop 70 W. Columbia, MO 65202-1328 (573) 443-0055 missouri/columbia/comfort-suiteshotels/mo169 Conveniently located off Interstate 70, the Comfort Suites® Columbia — University Area hotel near the University of Missouri offers all the essentials you need to stay on your game and be your best


Harrison Agency, Inc. Brian Harrison 2100 White Gate Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-3637 (573) 474-9537 As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Columbia, Missouri, Harrison Insurance Agency is committed to providing quality insurance products for individuals and businesses.

Medical — Clinics & Medical Group State Farm Insurance — Cheryl Kelly Agent Cheryl Kelly 3215 S. Providence Rd., Ste. 1 Columbia, MO 65203-5507 (573) 443-3000 Insurance protection for your car, home, life, health & business — We make insurance simple so you can enjoy your life. Team Kelly offers excellent customer service to Columbia and mid-Missouri.

Kitchen & Bath

Two Great Traditions Combined

Riback/DKB Kitchen & Bath Showroom Jason Metcalf 2412 Business Lp. 70 E Columbia, MO 65201-5510 (573) 875-3131 A distributor selling residential and commercial plumbing and HVAC supplies. With four showrooms that support the building trade and residential customers with kitchen and bath products, cabinetry, countertops, & appliances.

Family Health & Dental Centers Gloria Crull 1001 W. Worley St. Columbia, MO 65203-2037 (573) 214-2314 Comprehensive primary care medical, dental, and mental health provider. All major insurances accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Sliding fee available based on income and family size.

Optometrists & Optical Labs

Andrew Stone Optometry Andrew Stone, OD 2012 Cherry Hill Dr., Ste. 201 Columbia, MO 65203-5882 (573) 445-7750 Each member of our vision care team is selected by Dr. Andrew Stone based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our optometry patients.


Star Heating & Air Conditioning Co. David Thompson 1702 Commerce Ct. Columbia, MO 65202-1594 (573) 449-3784 Your local experts in all areas of heating and air conditioning. Within Star you will find The Fireplace Shop where professionals will help you select the perfect solution for your home heating needs.

Hotels & Motels

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Painting Services — Exterior & Interior Finishing

CertaPro Painters of Mid Missouri — Suneshine Ventures, Inc. Mindy Beaderstadt 4250 E. Broadway Hwy. WW, Ste. 1021 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 397-1520 CertaPro Painters is your full-service painter. Contact us for residential, commercial, interior or exterior painting and staining. Fully insured, references available. Because Painting is Personal. Since 2005.


Real Estate — Commercial

Real Estate — Title Companies


Plaza Commercial Realty Paul Land 2501 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-4672 (573) 445-1020 Plaza is now celebrating 30 years in business helping landlords, tenants, sellers, and buyers achieve their real estate goals!

Boone-Central Title Company Karen R. Brown 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 102 Columbia, MO 65201-4469 (573) 442-0139 Our complete state-of-the-art geographic index of Boone County allows us to provide title insurance and searches, closing and escrow services, 1031 Exchanges, property profiles, and construction disbursements in a fast and efficient manner.

Advantage Metals Recycling Billy Hendren 705 N. Proctor Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-7074 (573) 442-1771 We buy all types of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals at each of our recycling locations, with a team of specialists who continually monitor market conditions to establish fair, competitive prices.

Real Estate — Property Management

Telephone Communication — Equipment


Roto-Rooter Drain Cleaning & Plumbing Allie Marrone 5904 Brown Station Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2784 (573) 474-2370 Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Columbia, MO. Homeowners and businesses depend on Roto-Rooter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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A&B Management Rob Cooper 813 E. Walnut St., Ste. C Columbia, MO 65201-5106 (573) 443-2081 A&B Management, Inc. has been providing professional property management services to investors since 1977. We offer a wide range of both residential & commercial properties for lease in Columbia Missouri.

Monarch Title Company, Inc. Chuck Bowman 111 E. Broadway, Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65203-4208 (573) 441-0725 Monarch Title Company offers closing services and title insurance anywhere in Missouri.

TCS Ryan Towner 2511B Industrial Dr. Jefferson City, MO 65109-6708 (573) 874-3339 TCS specializes in Unified Communications and Collaboration, Cloud Communications, and Business Environment needs, including Digital Signage and Marketing on Hold.

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ADVERTISER INDEX End of the Rainbow Childcare Center ...............................................41

Advantage Metals Recycling..............................................................10

Family Health Center ............................................................................50

Agent Clean Exterior Cleaning ...........................................................36

Fidelity Financial Services, LLC ...............................................................7

Andrew Stone Optometry....................................................................55

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School ............................................................42

Beard-Boehmer & Associates, P.C. .....................................................18

Hanson & Company, CPAs, P.C. ...........................................................4

Boone County Family Resources .........................................................50

Harrison Agency, Inc. .............................................................................7

Boone County Fire Protection District ................................................... 9

Holiday Inn Executive Center ..............................................................27

Boone Electric Cooperative ..................................................................8

La Di Da Children’s Boutique ...............................................................20

Boone Medical Group / Boone Hospital Nifong Medical Plaza...... 49

Landmark Bank .....................................................................................18

Boone-Central Title Company .............................................................33

Monarch Title Company, Inc. ..............................................................11

Carpet One ...........................................................................................32

Plaza Commercial Realty.....................................................................19

Casey Buckman Photography ..............................................................5

Privitt Auto Service Center .....................................................................7

Central Methodist University ................................................................45

Randy Adams Construction/Remodel, LLC ....................................... 11

Central Missouri Auto Body ..................................................................34

Riback DKB ...............................................................................................4

CertaPro Painters ..................................................................................20

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service ...............................................35

City of Columbia ..............................................................................14-15

Sam’s Club .............................................................................................21

Clarence E. Jett, LLC, CPA...................................................................20

Schneider Electric .................................................................................10

Columbia College ................................................................................47

ServiceMaster Restore ..........................................................................35

Columbia Cremation Care Center.....................................................50

Shelter Insurance — Nancy Allison, Agent ......................................... 19

Columbia Independent School ..........................................................40

Star Heating & Air Conditioning Co. ...................................................36

Columbia Mall .......................................................................................54

State Farm ..............................................................................................29

Columbia Orthopaedic Group ...........................................................51

Stephens College ....................................................................................3

Columbia Public Schools......................................................................39

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center ........................................ 25

Columbia Regional Airport ....................................................................5

TCS ............................................................................................................8

Columbia Visitors Bureau .....................................................................17

Tigers Community Credit Union ...........................................................21

Columbia Welcome .............................................................................33

University of Missouri Health System ....................................................60

Comfort Suites .........................................................................................2

Walmart ..................................................................................................23

Downtown Appliance Home Center ................................................. 37

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A&B Management, Inc. .......................................................................34

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YES IS CONTAGIOUS. AND IT’S NEVER TAKEN A SICK DAY. At MU Health, YES always shows up. In our work. In our people. And in the infectious optimism that paints every wing of our building. YES gives us the curiosity to keep digging for answers. And soon, it’s YES that will tell cancer and Type 1 diabetes to stay home — for good. At mid-Missouri’s only Academic Health Center, YES is everywhere.

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Columbia MO Chamber Guide  
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