Local business owner Thom Baker seeks to leave Columbia a gift when he retires. Tucked away in his equipment-lain home office, Thom Baker of...
Small Business Week has always been one of the most fun weeks of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce year. Each finalist has a party, and there’s the big reveal — you basically don’t get any work done the entire week if you’re a finalist, but it’s worth it. From getting to know new friends and new businesses to unlimited platters of snacks, it’s a great week.
This year, Small Business Week has a new meaning for us, as our parent company, The Business Times Company, was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Wow! I think we’re all still in shock over this amazing recognition.
Though I’ve always enjoyed Small Business Week, I left this particular week with several great takeaways I’m still thinking about:
Throughout the years, I’ve gotten a chance to build relationships with the teams at AnnaBelle Events, Harold’s Doughnuts, Tompkins Homes & Development, and TrueSon Exteriors. They’re all immensely successful and talented, and they also have fantastic people behind those brands. We are honored to be in their company, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about each of their businesses. We’ve committed to telling the finalist’s stories each year, so that means tooting our own horn a little, too.
Lastly, we hope you’ll join us at CBT’s Top of the Town party on June 28 at Logboat Brewing Co., presented by Columbia Regional Airport. If you’ve never been, it’s a fun evening outside with food, drinks, music, and lots of COMO biz love. You can buy your tickets on Eventbrite.