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I’m bored!

We know families are fighting boredom so we’ve been working some ideas on keeping the kids entertained and the parents sane—at-home craft projects, online workshops and more. We’ll keep updating this page so check back to see what we’re up to. Here’s one for the parents working from home. Spice […]

We’re in this together

A joint message from Columbia’s business community: The Chamber of Commerce, REDI, Heart of Missouri United Way, The District Downtown, and The Loop. You hear a lot about supporting local business in Columbia and now is the time we prove it’s more than just a slogan. We’ve heard from so […]

What is an Essential Business?

Columbia/Boone County is under a  Stay at Home Order beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people […]

Tips on Securing your Business

If you are temporarily closing your businesses or reducing operations, please review the following suggestions for securing your business: Keep the lights on, inside and out. Consider motion-sensor lights as well. Remove ALL cash and receipts. Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible. All safes and tills should […]

COVID-19 Updates

Update March 26, 2020 9:55  am The Loop CID is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. We are following the recommendations from the CDC and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services on prevention and spread of the virus. The safety of our community is our number […]


Shopping local during this unprecedented time is more than just a hashtag–it’s necessary to help keep small businesses afloat. Many Loop businesses remain open and have gotten creative – restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery service, and retail shops are offering personal shopping via FaceTime and social media.  Whether […]

What help is available for businesses?

Updated April 2, 3:00  pm As resources become available on a local, state, and federal level, we will update this list. Please check back regularly.  We also recommend visiting the Columbia Chamber of Commerce website for additional information that may be helpful to businesses, including HR guidelines and tax relief. […]

Missouri Approved for SBA Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Missouri small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that […]

List of Business Providing Delivery and Other Options

Wondering how you’ll manage with the new stay-at-home order? We can help! Essential businesses that may remain open include grocery and liquor stores, restaurants with take-out and delivery, gas stations, auto supply and repair, hardware stores, construction services, laundromats, dry cleaners, banks, and more. If that’s sounds like the Business […]

New Shared Workspaces Planned

The banging from the construction crew across the hall from my office would be annoying in other circumstances but today, it’s the sound of progress. The lower level of Parkade Plaza is in the process of being transformed into MACC’s new makerspace and expanded Mechatronics Lab. The MACC Makerspace will […]