Meeting Planners

6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.

February – the second month in and perhaps one of your resolutions is to embrace your creative side or try a new craft. If that’s the case, you are in luck. Columbia offers a lot of ways to discover your inner Martha Stewart. Whether you are a visitor, resident or attending a conference, we have many options, not only for individual crafts, but also for team-building crafts.

Each month you can find classes available at the Columbia Art League, Access Arts, Paint the Town and The Mud Room. These organizations offer the opportunity to be introduced to a new skill or technique and network with fellow art enthusiasts.

One hidden gem is the Craft Studio located on the MU campus in historic Memorial Union. Each week the Craft Studio holds classes and workshops in printmaking, ceramics, fibers and more. If you are looking for a team building experience, their Creative Team Building workshop “addresses specific challenges that many organizations struggle to overcome through mediated discussion and creative projects.” They offer workshops in Creative Marketing Solutions and Vision & Goal Setting as well.

harold's doughnutsIf cooking is more your creative speed, try “Love Your Craft Cooking Series” with Melissa at Harold’s Donuts. You and your team will be able to make donuts like pros at this fun class, and you’ll leave with practical knowledge of how to make doughnuts from home.

Back to 2 Basics offers teams another chance to work together and cook a meal. Games are incorporated throughout to keep things lively, and the grand finale is when everyone gets to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

These are just a few of the unique and fun options Columbia has to offer. Whichever team-building experience you choose, you are sure to be enriched. And who knows, you may even find a great new hobby! Enjoy, and we hope to see you back in Columbia soon!

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Work hard AND play hard in Columbia! Check out how your meeting can be better here in CoMo:


Columbia is located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis on Interstate 70 and is 30 minutes from Missouri’s state Capitol, Jefferson City. Our central location means higher attendance for your meetings.

Columbia is easy to navigate with relatively low traffic and plenty of parking. If your attendees prefer not to drive, we have a variety of taxi companies and a convenient public transit system, COMO Connect, to take them wherever they need to go.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help your Columbia meeting run smoothly. Here are some things we can do for you:

  • Arrange site visits of meeting spaces and hotels
  • Assist with date selection to avoid conflicts with other events
  • Obtain proposals and room blocks from hotels
  • Identify group-friendly restaurants
  • Assist with choice of event venue, speakers, entertainment and more
  • Provide a welcoming complimentary services package customized to meet the needs of the group
  • Help arrange transportation for off-site events
  • Assist with press release distribution as well as promotion on our website and social media


With 36 hotels representing more than 3600 rooms, our lodging options and meeting spaces can accommodate any budget and are typically priced lower than larger cities.


Our unique blend of small town and big city offers a small-town feel and friendliness with big-city service and amenities – more than 200 restaurants (many of them uniquely local), shopping, galleries, entertainment, and more. You can almost always find live music playing in The District, where you can also catch a comedy show, an independent film, and sample local beer.

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Free-time activities: Make your attendees say “that was the best conference ever!”

  1. Grab a cup of homemade ice cream at Sparky’s (alcoholic flavors included)
  2. Listen to live music at The Blue Note or Rose Music Hall
  3. Shop for local gifts and products at Poppy or The Candy Factory
  4. Explore caves and trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
  5. Choose from locally brewed beers at Flat Branch or Logboat Brewing Co.
  6. Snap a photo at The Columns, Columbia’s most-photographed spot, and wander through Mizzou’s Botanic Garden
  7. Have a slice at Shakespeare’s Pizza, named “Best College Hangout” in the nation by Good Morning America
  8. Take a look through current exhibits at Sager | Braudis Gallery and Stephens College’s Historic Costume Gallery
  9. Catch an independent film at Ragtag Cinema – on a couch, with a beer!
  10. Sample Missouri wines at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Are you ready to start planning your CoMo meeting? Request a meeting proposal here.

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