With major industries like health care, education, financial services, construction and manufacturing providing a healthy mix of large corporations and small businesses, Columbia's economy is thriving.
According to Regional Economic Development Inc., Columbia has a labor force of more than 200,000. Top employers include the University of Missouri and MU Health Care, Columbia Public Schools, Boone Hospital Center, Veterans Home Loans and Shelter Insurance. There is a strong presence from small and mid-sized, locally-owned businesses as well - Columbia and Boone County are home to more than 225 businesses with 51-500 employees.
The city is number 12 on Forbes' list of Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers, 28th in cost of doing business and 25th in job growth. Nerdwallet.com named Columbia the fifth best midsize city for women in the workforce.
Residential and commercial construction are both on the rise, there is about $73 million worth of public- and private-school construction underway or in the planning stages and local technology service providers have recently invested millions in infrastructure upgrades - all signs that Columbia only continues to grow.
University of Missouri
105 Jesse Hall, 573-882-2121
8,750 — this number includes MU employees as well as UM System and extension employees.
MU Health Care
1 Hospital Drive, 573-882-4141
Columbia Public Schools
1818 W. Worley St., 573-214-3400
Veterans United Home Loans
1400 Veterans United Drive, 573-876-2600
Boone Hospital Center
1600 E. Broadway, 573-815-8000
City of Columbia
701 E. Broadway, 573-874-7111
Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
800 Hospital Drive, 573-814-6000
Shelter Insurance Co.
1817 W. Broadway, 573-445-8441
Joe Machens Dealerships
1911 W. Worley, 573-445-4411
MBS Textbook Exchange
2711 W. Ash St., 573-445-2243
State Farm Insurance
4700 S. Providence Road, 573-499-2000
About 850 employees
Columbia and Boone County are also home to 25 businesses that employ 251-500 employees and 207 businesses with 51-250 employees.