Company chooses Springfield for new facility

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 07, 2015

One of the largest tire distributors in the Midwest began operations at a new facility in Springfield earlier this month. Find out what sealed the deal.

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Business and higher ed talks lead to new course at Ozarks Technical Community College

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 07, 2015

Find out what prompted the Center for Workforce Development at Ozarks Technical Community College to develop a new course within its welding credit program.

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Teachers learn a thing or two from area businesses

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 10, 2015

See what 11 school districts, 23 businesses, 31 teachers and your Chamber are doing next week to build a better workforce.

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SBDC helps land new American Airlines service

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jul 09, 2015

The airport's value isn't just in its runways and planes, but also in the economic development opportunities it connects us to each day. Here's why the Chamber's economic development arm helped establish service from Springfield to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Fed study shows Springfield businesses are generally optimistic

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 09, 2015

On June 29, regional economist Charles Gascon discussed themes from the survey of more than 100 area businesses, as well as highlights from the Fed's economic analysis of the region. See what else the study revealed.

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Series: Making room for economic growth

Posted by Ryan Mooney on Jun 12, 2015

To enable our community to stay in the running for a new company or a competitive expansion, there have to be real estate options, and they must be turn-key. But what exactly does that mean?

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Manufacturer announces $7M expansion, 65 new jobs

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jun 04, 2015

Digital Monitoring Products announced during its 40th anniversary celebration today that the company plans to create 65 new jobs and invest approximately $7 million at its facility in Springfield’s Partnership Industrial Center.

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Springfield named top city to start a business

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 11, 2015

Springfield is the 3rd best city in the nation to start a business and the top city when it comes to accessing resources for startups, says a study published by personal finance site WalletHub.

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GO CAPS announces program offerings for 2015-2016

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

The Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies began enrolling students and is looking to hire staff for its first two course strands which will begin this fall.

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Series: Talent wars and our strategies to win

Posted by Ryan Mooney, Senior Vice President Economic Development on Apr 02, 2015

The baby boomers are beginning to retire, and there simply aren’t enough workers to fill their positions. The resulting talent wars could have devastating affects on Springfield's economy.

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New Series: Keeping up with the new economy

Posted by Ryan Mooney on Mar 06, 2015

There’s no doubt the economic recovery is upon us and our economic development program is seeing its full effect—local employers are expanding, project leads are increasing, and prospects are visiting with us about defined projects, not just vague inquiries. But are we ready for the growth that’s coming? What do businesses need in this new economy?

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Video: New tools unveiled to help recruit talent

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 27, 2015

The Chamber and Springfield Business Development Corporation have published a new community relocation guide and released another video, adding to the Talent Attraction Initiative arsenal. The new video specifically targets IT talent.

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Why so much hype about workforce? Find out.

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 18, 2015

Workforce isn't just a buzz word--it's part of an emerging issue facing communities across the nation. See how Springfield is working to stay ahead of the trend.

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Chamber to manage launch of innovative career readiness initiative

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 18, 2015

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it will contract with Springfield Public Schools and 10 other area school districts to launch a new career readiness initiative that will focus public education resources on confronting the number one challenge facing businesses and employers today: talent development and retention.

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A look back at the Springfield Business Development Corporation in 2014

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

There are a number of companies in our region who contribute above and beyond their Chamber membership to invest specifically in the economic development efforts of the SBDC. The SBDC is staffed by and serves as the economic development arm of Chamber. See what the SBDC accomplished in 2014.

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Help us dive deeper into the main drivers of our economy

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

The Chamber is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to conduct a short 10 question survey which will evaluate regional economic conditions. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and will be open to all businesses from February 4 through February 11 in an online format. The results of the survey will be released later this spring. 

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Go behind the scenes of the Talent Attraction Video

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

How do you capture the spirit of our city in a little more than 3-minutes? You combine dozens of interviews with Springfieldians, hours of raw footage from around the region and a relentless focus on the key findings of our Talent Attraction Initiative research.

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Why Springfield? Watch the video to find out.

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 04, 2014

It's the question every human resources department has to answer when hiring outside the community, and because there are so many reasons to choose Springfield, it's not always an easy question to answer--until now.

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Outdoors company breaks ground on $3.5M corporate headquarters in Springfield

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

Lew’s Fishing Tackle has announced plans to invest $3.5M for a new corporate headquarters and consolidated distribution center in Springfield. Lew’s will build the new 58,000 sq. ft. facility on land north of Partnership Industrial Center and plans to add five new jobs to their current workforce of 26. Chamber staff and Springfield's partnership for Economic Development worked with Lew’s executives to facilitate the expansion and help them access local property tax abatement.

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Is Springfield running out of room to grow?

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

For the last year, industrial employers looking for a building in Springfield have had only a handful of options to choose from. In fact, Springfield’s industrial vacancy rate currently stands at 4.3%. This sits well below the national average of 9.4%, putting our region at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a home for new or expanding employers. Luckily, several local developers are stepping up and hope to capitalize on the demand for industrial space.

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Gigabit internet service provider takes prize in pitch competition

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 02, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Creative Foundry, The eFactory and Originate are proud to announce that gigabit internet service provider Share a Gig took home the prize in today’s Go BIG pitch competition.

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Four startups advance in GoBIG pitch competition

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 20, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Creative Foundry, The eFactory and Originate have announced that INSPXTR, Panda Laundry Factory, Safe Food for Me and Share a Gig will go on to compete for $5,000 and other prizes in the Go BIG pitch competition at this year’s B2B Expo on October 2.

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Spice and seasoning manufacturer Red Monkey Foods expands into new facility

Posted by Unknown on Sep 10, 2014

Red Monkey Foods, a leading producer of premium spice and seasoning products, has announced plans to invest $3.4 million into a new 60,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Republic, moving 110 new jobs to the area with an additional 40 jobs expected over the next few years.

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Calling all startups! $5,000 pitch competition launches

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 28, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Creative Foundry, The eFactory and Originate are seeking Springfield’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to compete for $5,000 and other prizes in the Go BIG pitch competition at this year’s B2B Expo on October 2.

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Springfield startups featured in Fast Company

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 27, 2014

Earlier this year, Joe and Christine Daues were featured in the Springfield Business Journal after presenting their product Granolove at 1 Million Cups, a Kauffman foundation program in which entrepreneurs make connections with each other and the community over cups of coffee. Earlier this month, the story was picked up again, but this time by national business and technology magazine Fast Company.

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Topics to watch in economic development—entrepreneurship, talent and the global economy

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 22, 2014

The increasingly globalized economy, combined with the economic realities of the past decade have dramatically reshaped the economic development landscape. These changes are causing businesses and economic developers alike to renew their focus on talent attraction and foster environments ripe for entrepreneurship. All the while, technology continues to evolve, seemingly shrinking the world we live in and opening up new possibilities for business attraction and expansion.

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Kraft celebrates 75 years in Springfield, invests $100 million in facility

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 22, 2014

Earlier this month, the Kraft Foods manufacturing facility in Springfield celebrated 75 years of business in the community and 60 years at its current site. Kraft also announced that it is investing approximately $100 million at the Springfield site, which is being used for a new product line and for upgraded technology and equipment for making Kraft cheeses. Following Kraft’s nearly $50 million capital investment in 2012, this new investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to staying competitive and remaining a legacy employer in Springfield.

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Springfield's entrepreneurial ecosystem garners national attention

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 07, 2014

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.

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Chamber takes big steps toward attracting new business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 03, 2014

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.

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The Chamber checks in with past 1MC presenters

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

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.

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