Since its founding in 1812, the city of Columbus has been a center of commerce, and for the last 130 years the Columbus Chamber has served the interests of local businesses.

Originally known as the Board of Trade, business leadersR.E. Sheldon, C.D. Firestone, Theodore Rhoads, P.W. Corzilius and Walter A. Mahoney incorporated the organization in 1884. (Pictured below: Articles of incorporation, courtesy of the Columbus Chamber).

The Board of Trade building was dedicated in 1889 (pictured below). The Chamber was located at the Broad Street HQ until the site was cleared for the development of the Rhodes State Office Tower in 1969. The Chamber moved to it's current location at 150 S. Front Street in 2008.

The city of Columbus honored the Chamber anniversary on Monday, April 28, and Mayor Michael Coleman has presented the organization with a certificate of recognition.

To mark the occassion, Chamber staff will volunteer at JA BizTown on May 2. Learn more about the history of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in this video.