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The Accrediting Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce as an Accredited Chamber with 5-Stars. Learn More

Member Driven.
Business Focused.

Advocating economic growth in the
Greater Augusta area.

Columbia County Chamber Foundation


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Why Support the Foundation?

Funds raised by the Foundation go to support the five initiatives of the Blackboards 2 Business program. The Columbia County Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. 

Blackboards 2 Business is a program of the Chamber Foundation designed to help bridge the gap between local schools and employers by building a stronger workforce for the future. 

Blackboards 2 Business focuses on five initiatives:

  • Students in Business: introduces students to a variety of industries and career opportunities in the area

  • Teachers in Business: allows teachers spend time “shadowing” employees in a local business

  • Principal for a Day: pairs executives one-on-one with a principal in each of the Columbia County schools

  • Work Based Learning: connects school-based occupational instruction with work site experiences

  • Columbia County Career & College Expo: aims to connect middle school and high school students and parents with universities, colleges, trade associations, and area businesses, where they all work together to show the pathway to future successful careers


The Columbia County Chamber Foundation works collaboratively to develop workforce, leadership, and community betterment initiatives for the economic success of the Greater Augusta Area.


In accordance with its by-laws, the Columbia County Chamber Foundation is established and sustained for charitable and educational purposes, civic, community, and economic projects and other endeavors as may be approved from time to time by the Board of Directors. The Foundation has been created to develop, sponsor, and provide educational programming, develop and foster a high level of civic concern, community development, and activity on the part of participants in any Foundation program(s).


The Columbia County Chamber Foundation’s vision is to foster economic prosperity in the Greater Augusta area.

Guiding Principles:

  • Support positive economic growth and quality of life
  • Operate a fiscally sound organization
  • Be a visible advocate and supporter of business and educational initiatives
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Columbia County Chamber Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors

Name, Company Represented (Committee Role)

Russ Morgan, Regions Bank (Immediate Past Chair)

Jordan Pierce, First Community Bank (Chair)

Beth Pence, Alphagraphics (Vice Chair)

Robbie Bryant, ADP (Secretary)

Ralph Alee, Augusta University

Stephan Swafford, Right At Home

Norman Fountain, University of Phoenix

Sean Petro, Columbia County School System

Phyllis Salazar, State Bank & Trust

Matt Forshee, Georgia Power Company

Tammy Shepherd, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce