The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting on November 30, 2021 at the Bibb Mill Event Center.

The Annual Meeting was an opportunity for more than 400 people from the business community to safely reconnect and recognize this year’s award recipients for business excellence in five categories. “We appreciate all that you do to keep our community strong,” remarked Chamber President and CEO Jerald Mitchell. “Know that we will continue to look for ways to innovate everything we do with in an effort to deliver better experiences and drive more of the resources that you provide toward high-quality programming and outcomes.”

This year’s award categories and recipients are Entrepreneur of the Year – Lou Childs and Katy Mallory for SlumberPod; Small Business of the Year – Taylor CPA & Associates led by William Taylor; J.R. Allen Award – Will Burgin of Jackson-Burgin Inc.; Jim Woodruff, Jr. Memorial Award – Jacki Lowe (posthumously) Georgia Power retired.  “We are excited to recognize this year’s award recipients,” said Mitchell. They represent the strength of our area’s business community.  It’s also very humbling to lead the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and have such widespread and ongoing support for the things we do to drive vitality and economic growth. I’m looking forward to next year being our organization’s 175th year of existence”.

The upcoming transition of the Chamber Board of Directors chairmanship was also acknowledged.  The leadership term of Chairman Pace Halter, President and COO of W.C. Bradley Real Estate, will end on December 31, 2021 and he will support the organization as Immediate Past Chair.  “It’s been a great two- year journey,” said Halter. “Through all of the challenges, this organization continues to lead and has become even stronger”.  The leadership term of Chairman-elect Rodney Close will begin on January 1, 2022. Halter successfully presided as Chairman of the Board during the challenging COVID-19 global pandemic and while executing a search for the organization’s top executive.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce endeavors to deliver 6,000 new permanent jobs by the year 2026, 500 new Chamber members over the next 5 years, deliver stronger regional impact, support connections between talent and employers, and grow the image of Columbus outside of Columbus.  We will continue to deliver value to our partners and sponsors through focus on economic growth, advocacy, talent and connectivity.