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      Business Leaders create Columbia Baldrige Organization

      Some business and community leaders are forming a new group geared towards promoting Columbia as a City of Excellence.

      The Chief Executive Officer of MidwayUSA is pushing the formation of the nation TMs first local chapter of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Group.

      Larry Potterfield has based his business on the Baldrige philosophy of organization at his Columbia-based shooting supply company during the past five years.

      Potterfield TMs, MidwayUSA, was one of five companies to win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award last year.

      Potterfield said, The benefit that I see from the perspective of our organization, is to improve the strategic planning process, improve the focus on all things that are important in an organization, and then to focus on them month after month as you try to improve the organization.

      The Columbia Chapter of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

      The first meeting is scheduled for March 23 at the Holiday Inn Select.