Business in Columbia
Our central location in the state and nation makes Columbia easily accessible by air, rail, water, and an excellent highway system. Columbia has a low tax structure and a comfortable quality of life to offer employees. Columbia's well-educated workforce is attracted from nine surrounding counties with a civilian labor force totaling more than 195,000 people - people who have a strong Midwestern work ethic.
Columbia is home to the corporate headquarters of Shelter Insurance Companies, as well as the regional offices of State Farm Insurance Companies. Several Fortune 500 company branches are located in Columbia including 3M, Dana Corporation, and Quaker Oats.
The business community benefits from services available through a wide variety of financial institutions. State-of-the-art operating systems offer a variety of financial services, such as discount brokerage, cash management and electronic funds transfer. Together these institutions provide an extensive range of savings, investments, and borrowing programs.