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The Taste of Columbus Committee met this week and has nearly finalized preparations for this year’s edition of the “premier event of the fall.”

I would first mention the committee’s gratitude to McChristy Jewelers for providing this year’s raffle item: a beautiful pearl necklace. Raffle tickets can be purchased from committee members, at the Columbus Community Center or at the chamber for $10. You can buy three for $25 if you’re looking for a deal.

Speaking of tickets, you can now reserve tickets or tables for Taste of Columbus, which will be held Oct. 8 at Ramada-Columbus. Individual tickets are $35 and reserved tables are $375. We’ll take reservations at the chamber office or online at

We will enjoy outstanding food at Taste of Columbus from a great list of Columbus-area food vendors including these who have already committed: Buresh Catering, Columbus Community Hospital, Fair Park Grille, Husker House, Hy-Vee, Pizza Ranch, Ramada-Columbus, Shadows Restaurant & Pub, Traditions, Walmart and Wunderlich’s Catering.

The crowd will sample some wonderful beverages from these vendors: Eagle Distributing, James Arthur Vineyards, Johnson Brothers, Mac's Creek Vineyard, Miletta Vista Winery, Prairie Creek Vineyard, Premier Midwest Beverage, Republic National Distributing and Sterling Distributing Company. The chamber and Columbus Community Center are really grateful they come to Columbus to participate in this event.

Remember, you can also see the updated list of royal auction items on the Taste of Columbus page on our website. We know this helps people organize groups of friends who may want to bid on some of the items on the auction.

In the meantime, there is a jam-packed September calendar of events I should share.

As I mentioned last week, the chamber will co-host retail “guru” Jon Schallert next Tuesday morning at Central Community College-Columbus and we’ll host the state chamber’s annual legislative forum on Sept. 27. I’d strongly urge all local retail and service businesses to attend the Schallert presentation, and the legislative forum will be of interest to all businesspeople.

Also coming this month are two more events worth attending. Businesses interested in using Twitter as a marketing tool will find interest in the next Chamber Marketing Webinar, presented by Amanda Polacek Communications. This will be next Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the chamber. The final Friday of the month will be a really interesting seminar presented by Northwestern Mutual covering the current and future developments in health care, health insurance and group benefits. These are wildly unpredictable times in this arena and it will be helpful to get the real story from the experts at Northwestern Mutual. You’ll be able to attend at breakfast or lunch on Sept. 29.

I can’t remember a busier schedule in September for our local chamber. I hope many of you will take advantage of these opportunities to learn, and then I hope you’ll take the chance to unwind next month at Taste of Columbus.

K.C. Belitz is president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.


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