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As a community, Springfield has taken deliberate steps to build its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Already known for start-ups that have become national brands—Bass Pro Shops, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation, Jack Henry & Associates—the Springfield region has long been supportive of entrepreneurs, but a renewed focus is helping the effort gain steam and garner national attention.
Through the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, the Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation work to market the entire Springfield region to site selectors so that when they have a client that is looking to open a new facility, Springfield is at the top of their list.
Since 1 Million Cups launched in February, 17 startups have presented their ideas to the community of entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors. We decided to check back in with a few of the past presenters to see how 1 Million Cups has helped to grow their businesses.
What would happen if entrepreneurs across the nation had 1 Million Cups of coffee together? That’s the question a group of local entrepreneurs are trying to answer as part of a national program that builds startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation.
Top human resources professionals from Springfield’s largest employers emphasized the purpose and importance of the new Talent Attraction website at the annual meeting of the Springfield Business Development Corporation last month.