FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Considering partnership with the Columbia Chamber? Here are some of the most common questions businesses and individuals have about joining. If you have other questions, please contact us at 803.733.1110 or email us today.

General Questions
How do I get to the Columbia Chamber?
What is a Chamber of Commerce?
What is the difference between the Columbia Chamber, the S.C. Chamber and the U.S. Chamber?
Can you send me information on visiting Columbia?
How can I file a complaint about a business or company?
How can I get a phone book?
Does the Columbia Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?
How can I find out about the different industries in Columbia?
What is the Columbia Chamber's federal tax status? Are partner dues deductible?

Partner Questions
How can I get involved with the Columbia Chamber?
Why Partner with the Columbia Chamber?
I have forgotten my partner log in. How can I find my information?
What benefits do I receive as a Columbia Chamber partner?
How can I advertise my product or service to Chamber partners?
Is my company a partner of the Columbia Chamber?

Event Questions
How do I register for an event? Can I come if I am not a partner?
If I register for an event, will I receive a reminder prior to the event?
I registered for an event and now I cannot attend. Can I get a refund?
I want to be informed about upcoming Chamber events. Can I sign up for the Chamber's mailing list?

How do I get to the Columbia Chamber? 

The Columbia Chamber is located at 930 Richland street across from the Matthew Perry Federal Courthouse and beside the Governor's Mansion. Click here for a map.

What is a Chamber of Commerce? 

A Chamber of Commerce is defined as a local association to promote and protect the interests of the business community in a particular place. Chambers are not departments of any federal or government organization.

The Columbia Chamber provides the unified voice to our regional business community to create and promote an environment where businesses can flourish.

What is the difference between the Columbia Chamber, the S.C. Chamber and the U.S. Chamber?

The Columbia Chamber focuses on issues that affect the Midlands and the surrounding regions. The S.C. Chamber focuses on state-wide issues and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focuses on national issues at the federal government level.

Can you send me information on visiting Columbia?

The Columbia Chamber is not a visitor’s bureau and does not provide tourism or relocation information. Please visit the Columbia CVB for more information.

How can I file a complaint about a business or company?

The Columbia Chamber is not a federal government agency, and therefore has no authority to investigate how companies conduct business nor are we able to accept complaints. You can file a complaint against a business with the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Better Business Bureau.

How can I get a phone book?

The Columbia Chamber has a limited supply of telephone directories. For a single free copy, stop by the Columbia Chamber at 930 Richland Street. Your telephone service provider can provide you additional information on how to obtain a directory.

Does the Columbia Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?

No. The Columbia Chamber is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse any political party, campaign or have a PAC. The Columbia Chamber is responsible for articulating Chamber positions on business-related issues and guiding the Chamber's advocacy activities on both the state and local level.

How can I find out about the different industries in Columbia? 

Contact the City of Columbia's Office of Economic Development.

What is the Columbia Chamber’s federal tax status? Are partner dues tax deductible?

The Internal Revenue Service classifies the Columbia Chamber as a 501(c)(6) organization. Because of this classification, dues are not tax deductible.

How can I get involved with the Columbia Chamber?

Partners of the Columbia Chamber have a host of programs and events to enjoy throughout the year. From volunteer activities to time-honored traditions, Chamber partners have a never-ending path toward personal and professional growth. Click on the Programs & Resources tab for more information.

Why Partner With the Columbia Chamber?

As a Partner of the Columbia Chamber, you enjoy a host of professional development and networking opportunities, but that is just scratching the surface of how Chamber partnership benefits you and your business.

A study, researched by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, indicates that two-thirds of consumers believe that companies who invest in their local chamber use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, for instance is a chamber board member, consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

For more information on the Schapiro Study click here to read this article.

I’ve forgotten my partner log in. How can I find my information?

To request login credentials, email Lynn Turbeville with your name and company name.

What benefits do I receive as a Columbia Chamber partner?

We, at the Columbia Chamber, understand that different businesses have different needs and expectations; that’s why we don’t believe that a one-size partnership is appropriate. There are multiple levels of investment designed to maximize your company’s return on investment and answer specific needs. The description of each partnership level can be found online.*

*Levels will be posted soon

How can I advertise my product or service to Chamber partners?

The Columbia Chamber does not advertise to partners. However, we do provide organizations the opportunity to offer our special discounts and to sponsor the many events we have. For more information, contact Alexa Stillwell.

Is my company a partner of the Columbia Chamber?

Please search the partner directory for your company name.

How do I register for an event? Can I come if I’m not a partner?

View the Calendar for upcoming events. You can register for all upcoming events online. Anyone can attend Columbia Chamber events, Partner and Potential Partner rates are available.

If I register for an event, will I receive a reminder prior to the event?

You can sign up to receive an automatic event reminder through the event web page. Click on the event you want to go to and click the calendar icon in the top right corner of the page.

I registered for an event and now I cannot attend. Can I get a refund?

If unable to attend, substitutions are welcome any time prior to the event. Call cancellation will be charged a 50% processing fee. Registrants are responsible for the full registration fee for any cancellation made after 5 p.m., seven days prior to the event. Registration fees will not be refunded or waived after that date. No-shows will be charged the full registration fee.

I want to be informed about upcoming Chamber events. Can I sign up for the Chamber's mailing list?

Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive details about upcoming events or areas of interest.

More Questions? 

Contact the Chamber.

 

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