• Batson-Cook Construction Sets Date for 2016 Honor Bus Tour

    October 27, 2016

    For many, it’s important to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our county. As Veterans Day approaches on November 11th, you may already be looking for unique ways to let the brave men and women of our country know you appreciate them.

  • Aflac's Daniel Amos Ranked 32nd Best Performing CEO in the World

    October 25, 2016

    Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the U.S., announced that Daniel P. Amos, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, has been named to the Harvard Business Review's 2016 list of the 100 Best Performing CEOs in the World.

  • Columbus is Removing the Barriers for Disabled Voters

    October 24, 2016

    Disabled individuals represent a huge electoral bloc, but often face barriers when it comes to voting. Access 2 Independence – a local non-profit lead by people with disabilities serving people with disabilities – and the Muscogee County Board of Elections have partnered to remove those barriers and make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

  • Michael Chalmers - Staffing: An Integral Part of Successful Workforce Strategies

    October 19, 2016

    What began as the answer to a temporary need is fast becoming an indispensable part of successful workforce strategies. As businesses look for ways to maximize productivity while maintaining a lean, cost-effective work structure, staffing firms are stepping up with viable solutions. Employers are realizing there is more to staffing than just short-term workers—it may just be the secret to long-term competitive advantage!

  • Deadline Approaching for This Year’s Small Business ROCK STARS Awards

    October 18, 2016

    We all recognize that small businesses are an important part of our state’s economy, but did you know that almost 98 percent of the businesses in Georgia employ fewer than 100 employees? That’s why the Small Business ROCK STARS recognition is returning for its fourth year.

  • AT&T Plans to Launch Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds in the Columbus Area

    October 13, 2016

    AT&T plans to connect homes, apartments and small business locations in parts of the Columbus area to our internet service with a 1 gigabit connection. At launch, locations eligible for service over our 100% fiber network will be able to access their favorite content over ultra-fast internet speeds.

  • Aflac Survey Finds Millennials Big on Job Benefits, Small on the Finer Details

    October 11, 2016

    Millennials now represent the largest segment of the U.S. labor force (53.3 million), and they have strong feelings about the compensation and other benefits they expect their employers to offer. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of millennials expect an annual raise, followed by 60 percent who said they expect to be offered major medical insurance coverage, according to the 2016 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey released by Aflac.

  • Batson-Cook’s Randy Hall Almost Missed His Rewarding Career in Construction

    October 04, 2016

    Randy Hall, president and CEO of Batson-Cook Construction and the newly-installed president of Associated General Contractors of Georgia, might have missed the career in construction he enjoys so much today had it not been for Auburn University’s co-op program.

  • Community Leaders Bring Back Ideas and Inspiration from the 2016 Inter-City Leadership Conference

    September 30, 2016

    Nearly a decade after their first visit, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce took 141 business and community leaders from Columbus, Harris County, Phenix City, Albany and Macon back to Greenville, South Carolina. A town that has emerged as one the hottest place to live, work and play.

  • Columbus Chamber Inter-City Leadership Trip Highlights Industry Driven Education & Economic Development on Day Two

    September 23, 2016

    Day two of the Inter-City Leadership Conference transitioned from the redevelopment of downtown to economic development. Greenville’s quest to create an award-winning city was not just about pride but also about creating jobs. The success of downtown is a selling tool for recruiting and keeping quality employers, whether in downtown or the region.

  • Columbus Chamber Inter-City Leadership Trip Highlights Downtown Development on Day One

    September 22, 2016

    Wednesday kicked off the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Inter-City Leadership Conference (ICLC). Each year the Chamber selects a community that is doing well in targeted areas and that has ideas and best practices to share. This year 141 business, civic and non-profit leaders from Columbus and the surrounding areas are visiting Greenville, South Carolina – one of the South's biggest success stories.

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Coming to Uptown

    September 19, 2016

    RAM Hotels, an innovative hotel management company headquartered in Columbus, is in the process of acquiring the Raymond Rowe building at 1235 Broadway as the site for an AC Hotel by Marriott.

  • Harvard Fellows Learn to Change the World ... One Child at a Time

    September 13, 2016

    The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) sent 11 Muscogee County School District (MCSD) Teachers to the prestigious Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom over the summer. This year’s class - the largest MEEF has sent – joined 27 other Harvard Fellows creating a critical mass of teachers steadily building around a body of research from Project Zero to help transform MCSD into a school system of unparalleled excellence.

  • TAG President Challenges Columbus Leaders to Create FinTech Innovation District

    September 09, 2016

    On Thursday, Technology Association of Georgia President/CEO Tino Mantella challenged local business and government leaders at a Town Hall Meeting in Columbus to create an “Innovation District” that leverages the region’s strength in Financial Technology.

  • Finding Your Calling: An Interview with Jim Nantz, CBS Sports Commentator & 2016 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Speaker

    September 08, 2016

    Few sports commentators are more respected or well-known than Jim Nantz. From the Super Bowl to the Masters to the NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball, Nantz has covered it all during his more than 30 years at CBS. Next week, Nantz will be a speaker at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus where he will share how perseverance and passion have propelled him to the top of his field.

  • Interactive Video: The Key to Real Customer Connections

    September 07, 2016

    In today’s cluttered media space, research shows that video stands out as one of the most effective ways to reach potential customers. However, a perfect, polished video alone doesn’t automatically generate leads or sales.

  • Georgia Quality Healthcare Access Task Force Presents Options to Close Coverage Gap

    September 01, 2016

    After a year of extensive research, the Georgia Quality Healthcare Access Task Force has completed three proposals aimed at closing the coverage gap and shoring up the state’s ailing provider network. All three approaches would require Georgia to attain a waiver from the federal government because each of them implements cost-saving differences from traditional programs in most other states.

  • Aflac Directors Named Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

    August 29, 2016

    Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite in the United States, announced that two members of the company's board of directors were honored by Savoy Magazine, having been named to the magazine's list of Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. The list, appearing in the July 2016 issue of Savoy, named 300 corporate directors who have distinguished themselves as board members.

  • Metro Columbus’ Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.4% in July

    August 25, 2016

    The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Columbus’ unemployment rate for July was 6.4 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in June. The rate in July 2015 was 7.4 percent.

  • How Slowing Venture Capital Exits Affect Early Stage Investors

    August 22, 2016

    It’s more difficult to make money investing in young companies now than at the turn of the millennium. The cause is the lengthening of the time it takes startups to go public or get acquired. Since the first Internet boom came to a close in 2001, the length of time it takes the average venture capital company to exit has more than doubled, increasing from 3.3 years to 6.8 years, data published by the National Venture Capital Association, the industry’s trade association, demonstrates.