Columbia City is a town prosperous in its retail, industrial and service oriented businesses. The development of this community totally depends on the overall growth of the businesses. Columbia City has been famous for its production businesses in plastics and automobile parts, and even under sea sensor systems.
The organizations which provide the industrial, retail and service oriented businesses are the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.
The Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce was established with a goal to support, advocate and promote business opportunities in the community and to strengthen the development of Columbia City. Its purpose is to achieve a lively and integrated Whitley County-wide Chamber. The chamber would prove to be nurturing and supportive to all existing and future businesses by promoting worldwide network and information services.
The Farmers Market and South Whitley Garage Sale & Craft Festival are some of the business oriented events organized by the Chamber of Commerce. These events give a great opportunity to the individuals, non-profits and businesses to enjoy, participate and benefit from it. Another event called the ‘Whitley County Business Expo’ provides a great approach to gain some exposure for the services and businesses in the city.
The Economic Development Corporation
The Economic Development Corporation works with the state and regional partners in order to encourage and maintain the member’s business improvement initiatives. The County strives to take an initiative towards the financial and social development of the businesses in the Columbia community. Like, it supports one of the biggest Tax Increment Finance districts in Indiana.
Over the last few years, the EDC has successfully recognized a great reputation in North-East Indiana for its economic and social development efforts. It has even managed to attract large businesses and meet the need of existing industries. The EDC managed to encourage the establishment and expansion of small industries in the community.