SBDC’s Annual Meeting to focus on the Springfield region’s future

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 29, 2018

The Chamber’s economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, is preparing for its flagship annual event, where you’ll learn about economic development activity in the Springfield region and new efforts aimed at shaping our community's future.

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Manufacturers discuss industry growth, advances and challenges

Posted by Chamber Communications on Dec 19, 2017

According to a panel of industry leaders at the recent Manufacturing Outlook, the Springfield-area manufacturing industry is positioned to make continued advances in technology, wage growth and employee safety – if the community continues to make investments in programs that support workforce development and retention.

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The outlook for manufacturing in the Springfield region

Posted by Chamber Communications on Nov 28, 2017

The fourth and final event in the SBDC's year-long Outlook series will focus on trends and innovation in one of the area’s largest sectors: manufacturing.

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A vital new addition to the local economy

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 30, 2017

A new and vibrant addition to the Springfield economy is open for business, and company and community leaders were on hand October 18 to cut the ribbon on the new facility.


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Education leaders discuss innovation, workforce preparedness

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 05, 2017

The third event in the Springfield Business Development Corporation’s Outlook series focused on education and featured four panelists offering their insights on innovation in a rapidly changing world.

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The value of investing in the future

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 30, 2017

A central theme emerged at the 2017 Economic Outlook event on August 23: our region’s economy is strong, but maintaining that strength will require investment in our future.


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Exploring the possibilities of a catalyst for downtown development

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

Missouri State University, the Chamber’s economic development arm, Springfield Business Development Corporation, and The Vecino Group announced in early July that they are exploring the potential for a new development within the IDEA Commons district in downtown Springfield.

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Springfield region attracts workers’ compensation care management company

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 29, 2017

One Call Care Management, a leading provider of workers’ compensation care management services, has selected the Springfield region to expand its operations. The Jacksonville, FL-based company is utilizing an existing Springfield building and will create 100 new full-time jobs with benefits by the end of 2017, with additional growth expected in the future.

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3M announces $40M expansion in Springfield, creating 90 new jobs

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 25, 2017

3M has now officially announced the expansion of manufacturing operations at its Springfield facility, which is expected to create approximately 90 jobs over the next several years and bring $40M in capital to the site.

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Second group of accelerator companies presents to the public

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 04, 2017

For the second group of companies in The eFactory’s Accelerator program, May 1 was the culmination of 12 weeks of hard work and the beginning of a new phase of development.

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Tackling health care challenges through innovation

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2017

Despite the strength of the health care sector in the Springfield region, the need for unique solutions to health care needs and qualified workers is greater now than it has ever been.

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SBDC Annual Meeting highlights area growth, changing business environment

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 13, 2017

During the SBDC Annual Meeting on February 8, attendees heard about several high points for the year, as well as information about how the world of communication is changing for businesses.

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Another group of new companies gets an eFactory boost

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 01, 2017

Following up on the success of its first group of startup companies, the eFactory’s Accelerator initiative has announced the second group of entrepreneurs that will be participating in the program.

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Food processors talk about regulatory issues, workforce needs

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 13, 2016

The Springfield region has always had strong agricultural roots, and the area's agribusinesses were on full display during the 2016 Manufacturing Outlook, held at University Plaza on December 7.

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Manufacturing Outlook to focus on food processing

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Nov 21, 2016

The Chamber has chosen the food manufacturing sector as the focus of our 2016 Manufacturing Outlook event.

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For The eFactory Accelerator, a conclusion means a new beginning

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Nov 01, 2016

The first group of four participating companies in The eFactory’s Accelerator program made their pitches during Demo Day on October 24. The program’s organizers say they’re proud of what the companies have accomplished … and they’re looking for more startups that could use a boost.

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Vital Farms lauds Springfield region's development-ready sites, coordinated approach

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 05, 2016

When Vital Farms chose the Springfield region for its new facility, the company noted the city’s development-ready sites and its coordinated approach, as well as its central geography, skilled workforce and access to transportation.

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Springfield region remains bright spot in steady economy

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Sep 02, 2016

At the Economic Outlook event on August 24, two speakers from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis told more than 200 business leaders that the national economy continues on its steady yet somewhat uninspiring growth track, though the Springfield area continues to outperform many of its neighbors.

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Accelerator program connects startups with funding and guidance

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 29, 2016

The Chamber—along with its development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation—have worked tirelessly with community and business leaders to help create and fund programs aimed at addressing entrepreneurial gaps. One such program was started earlier this year: The eFactory Accelerator, which has selected its first four participants. 

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PIC West groundbreaking signals continued manufacturing strength

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 28, 2016

A July 15 groundbreaking ceremony at Partnership Industrial Center West (PIC West) is a strong indicator of continued positive movement in the manufacturing industry and the overall southwest Missouri economy.

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Springfield Region website relaunch unveils new regional marketing look

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jul 01, 2016

The Springfield Region has a remodeled online presence, thanks to a marketing campaign spearheaded by the Chamber’s economic development staff team and a local creative company.


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A carnival for young professionals

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2016

When The Network – the Chamber’s young professionals group – gathered June 3 to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, they were in for quite a party.

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New jobs, larger footprint for SRC Logistics

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 25, 2016

SRC Logistics, Inc., a subsidiary of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation, is expanding within its Springfield facility, creating up to 50 new jobs with competitive benefits.

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We're on the right track to encourage business expansion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

Economic developers are taking the temperature of Springfield and Missouri to determine their health as nurturers of growth, and what they’re finding is good news. 

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MoDOT director visits Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 13, 2016

New MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna made his first official Springfield visit April 13 to offer a view of the state transportation landscape. 

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Preparing to win: the back story on the Kraft Heinz expansion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

Kraft Heinz has decided to expand its Springfield facility, due in part to the preparations by the region's economic development leaders.

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SBDC tracks economic development gains

SBDC 2015 Annual Report
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

The Springfield Business Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Chamber, made significant progress in the past year. Notably, the SBDC completed 10 projects resulting in 516 new jobs, $22.7 million in new payroll and $59.2 million in new capital investment.

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Charlie Cook analyzes all things political

Charlie Cook, editor, the Cook Report
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, analyzed America's political climate Feb. 3 when he headlined the SBDC annual meeting. 

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New company to create 200 Springfield jobs

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Posted by Chamber Staff on Nov 20, 2015

Springfield's quality workforce is a major factor in a Minnesota company's decision to open a new call center here that will create 200 full time jobs. FLS Connect, a political communication and fundraising company, is already hiring for available positions, including management staff. The center is scheduled to open Dec. 1.

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New high-tech jobs come to downtown Springfield

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 12, 2015

The first floor of the Heer’s Building will soon be buzzing with people and activity for the first time since 1993, thanks to the commitment of a medical software company, the combined efforts of Springfield’s Partnership for Economic Development, and a $15 million redevelopment project.

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