The Chamber offers its members an opportunity to directly connect to their community through volunteer service. Read more information about our committees below. Members may serve on any of the following committees.
TO JOIN: If you are interested in serving your community through any of these outlets, please complete this form and submit it to the Chamber.
Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers who promote awareness of Chamber benefits and services while also encouraging existing members to become more involved. As an ambassador, participants gain valuable business exposure by being the first to meet new chamber members and put their company's name in the forefront. Ambassadors represent the Chamber at various events including but not limited to: new business Ribbon Cuttings, Seminars and Business After Hours.
Columbus Young Professionals (CYP)
The mission of the Columbus Young Professionals is to engage young leaders, ages 21-40, in serving the Columbus and Lowndes County community, expand their professional network, and empower them through professional development. The CYP's host a Social each month to bring the group together and to discuss plans for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for the group. CYP members volunteer at Sounds of Summer, the Summer concert series at the Riverwalk hosted by Columbus Main Street and the CLCC. CYP also has an annual St Patrick's Day Social benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle hosted by Buffalo Wild Wings.
If you would like to become a part of CYP, please complete the form below and remit it and your CYP annual membership fee of $20 per quarter to the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce office located at 1102 Main Street Columbus, MS 39701. You can also mail in your cash or check to P.O. Box 1328 Columbus, MS 39703.
This committee assists with our Educators are Essential event as well as our Education Awards Program. Educators are Essential, held at MUW, recognizes and thanks every k-12 educator in Columbus and Lowndes County. Attendees are welcomed by Education Committee and community members and are treated to a guest speaker that will motivate the teachers at the start of their new school year. Our goal is to truly make the educators see how thankful the community is for their hard work and dedication to the children in our community. The event is then concluded with door prizes for the teachers. The Education Awards Program recognizes the best and brightest students and educators in Columbus and Lowndes County. Corporate Scholarships, Outstanding Senior Awards, Highest Grade Point Average Awards, and Teachers of the Year are presented. The Education Committee also does a Community Wide Convocation and a Senior Breakfast for our High School Seniors. The Education Committee has also done town halls and other forums surrounding the current issues with education in our community.
Military Affairs Committee (MAC)
The committee sponsors various events and projects in support of the Columbus military community, predominantly Columbus Air Force Base. In the past, these projects have included CAFB Dorm Dinners, anniversary celebrations, the CAFB Air Force Ball, Airmen Leadership School, air shows featuring the Thunderbirds, and the Go Fourth Celebration. This committee aids in submitting Columbus, Mississippi, to the national Altus Annual Community Support Award. This award recognizes the community which provides the finest support to an Air Education and Training Command unit. Columbus won the inaugural award in 2010. The MAC also helps coordinate Pilot Partner Welcomes where approximately every three weeks a new class of pilots are partnered with local businesses who support them throughout the year. This committee also helps coordinate Pilot For a Day, where seriously ill children receive a flight suit, a tour of the base, and an airplane and aircraft simulator ride. Children and their families are also treated with a VIP lunch at CAFB.