Small business called backbone of Columbia
COLUMBIA - As Columbia continues to grow, small businesses continue to drive a large portion of its economy.
Smalls businesses make up more than 80% of the business done in Columbia.
"We've got a business that's been around for 50+ years, we've got a business that's been around for ten years, and everything in between," said Chamber of Commerce President, Matt McCormick. "And each of them has given back to the community in all kinds of different ways."
"I think small business is where innovation happens, a lot of new job creation happens and a lot of local support," said Brad Eiffert, owner of Boone County Lumber, a family-owned service provider for residential, commercial and remodeling needs around mid-Missouri.
Eiffert's business was most recently recognized for its success, along with the work it has done for the community, by Columbia's Chamber of Commerce, awarding Boone County Lumber with its annual small business of the year award.
"We do lots of sponsorships, eagle scouts, we've also been involved with veterans and low income housing related issues in Columbia, as well as public school and private school support," said Eiffert.
The support network provided by programs around the city are a big reason why business's like Eiffert's have seen the success they have.
Programs like Columbia's Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, along with programs offered by the Small Business and Development Technology Center, are all options for those needing help with running or wishing to start their own small business.
"We're just appreciative in Columbia for the outstanding quality of the construction community," said Eiffert. "Columbia is a great city, we're proud of Columbia, and proud to serve our citizens here in Columbia."