Columbia's Chamber of Commerce

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 27th annual business showcase, but this year there is a local twist.

This year's event, which will be held at The Crossing, is being rebranded as the Showcase COMO networking event.

Over 80 businesses from all over Missouri are participating, in hopes of connecting with the community, as well other businesses.

A Gunter Hans Pub & Cafe manager, Seth Murray, said the opportunity has unique value for local businesses.

"Really being this active in the community is a huge job perk," Murray said. "Because it makes you feel like you are a part of something larger."

And he said the Chamber of Commerce's showcase offers a lot for both businesses and consumers.

"Local business is local business, so, I really am a fan of being part of this," Murray said. "Because it is interesting to see this grow, both as a whole and also to see the customer-clientele also grow and expand."

A fellow Guneter Hans employee, Tim O'Sullivan, said it is great to see the community come together.

"It's awesome to see college students and townies support local business," O'Sullivan said.

The event will be preceded by a lunch seminar, hosted by the Women's Network.  

The showcase is from 1 to 7 p.m.

In an effort to encourage networking within the community, the event will include a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., where attendees can try food and beverages from several local restaurants.

For more information, including ticket prices, click here to visit the Chamber of Commerce's website.