4 tips for the budding inbound marketer

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 02, 2015

We're offering up a few of the lessons we’ve learned (or are still learning) at the Chamber relating to the vast realm of inbound/permission/content marketing.

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Member Spotlight: Atlas Security

Posted by Unknown on Apr 01, 2015

The Chamber office is open and all scheduled events will continue as planned

Posted by Unknown on Mar 04, 2015

The show must go on! At this time, the Chamber office and all scheduled events will continue as planned. We hope to see you at Good Morning, Springfield tomorrow morning. 

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Member Spotlight: Keller Williams Realty

Posted by Member Contributed Post on Mar 01, 2015

Chamber unveils new Strategic Area of Focus

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

The intel that we receive from visiting with area employers is crucial. It helps our organization and our community stay ahead of trends in the economy and tells us where we need to focus in the long term. There is one trend in particular that we hear so often and that is so important that the Chamber's board of directors has decided to elevate it to a fourth Strategic Area of Focus to our Action Plan this year. 

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How the Chamber can help grow your business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

From marketing to networking to skills training, check out this list of ways that the Chamber can help you grow your business in 2015. No time? No problem.

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Chamber announces 2015 Springfieldian

Posted by Unknown on Jan 30, 2015

Dr. John Bentley was named the 2015 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday. Bentley completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to finish his training in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then practiced medicine at St. John's, now Mercy Hospital Springfield, for 35 years. What began as a volunteer position with The Kitchen Clinic in 1980 evolved into a directorship in 1985 and ultimately, his role with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, where he has served as a family practitioner for 11 years.

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Chamber Chairman Jeff Schrag puts our new President Matt Morrow to the test

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

Before a record breaking crowd at Good Morning, Springfield, Chairman of the Board Jeff Schrag sat down with the new Chamber President Matt Morrow to find out what Matt’s thoughts are on the top issues facing Springfield.

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Manufacturer announces plans to locate in Springfield region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

Americana Tire and Wheel has announced plans to locate in the Springfield region, investing $1.5M to open a new assembly facility in Marshfield, MO, and create 20 new jobs above Webster County average wage.

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Member Spotlight: Clay Cooper Theatre

Posted by Janee Clark on Dec 01, 2014

CLAY COOPER’S COUNTRY EXPRESS – It’s more than country! Clay Cooper’s Country Express has something for everyone with high energy singin’, dancin’, gun-slingin’, trick-ropin’, Johnny Lonestar; Comedian Matt Gumm; Youth Performers, Ezrah Noelle and Colt Cooper; 10 incredible dancers, a six-piece live band, and of course, your host, CLAY COOPER! Get up close and personal with this blast of a cast! Clay is celebrating his 28th season performing in Branson! LIVE music, LIVE singing, LOTS of fun!

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Make your membership dollars go further with these Chamber marketing tools

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

Marketing your business with the Chamber doesn’t have to mean attending networking events. There are a number of ways you can increase visibility for your business, without ever leaving the office.

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Member Spotlight: Clinvest/Headache Care Center

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 01, 2014

Clinvest Headache Care Center is leading the nation in headache treatment and care. Roger Cady, MD is a world renown headache specialist. His patient-centered philosophy attracts patients from around the globe to manage their headaches. 

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Member Spotlight: Cantina Laredo

Posted by Tinka Betz on Oct 06, 2014

Cantina Laredo serves modern Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere.  Our Mexico City style menu included grilled fish, chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sautéed artichoke hearts and roasted bell peppers.  We also offer our award winning signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made fresh from lime juice and the finest tequila.  In addition to serving lunch, dinner, drinks and Sunday brunch (from 10am-3pm), Cantina Laredo also offers full-service catering and we have three private banquet rooms for you to choose from to host your special occasion or business function. 

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Find common ground in a multigenerational workforce

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 02, 2014

Local human resources experts provide cross-generational tips for engaging and retaining employees. Learn how to choose your messages and motivate those from different generations than yours.

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Director's Nominating Committee announces candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 02, 2014

Seven candidates for the Board of Directors have been selected by the Nominating Committee to replace the directors whose regular terms are expiring. Additional names of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least twenty-five (25) primary members of the Chamber in good standing if the candidate’s willingness to accept directorship responsibilities has been determined in advance. Such petition shall be limited to one nomination and filed with the President of the Chamber by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 13. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final.

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More than 250 exhibitors turned out at the B2B Expo

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 02, 2014

More than 250 Springfield businesses--large and small--turned out to exhibit at the Chamber's B2B Expo on October 2. The day kicked off with Good Morning Springfield followed by a full serving of networking and the first ever Go BIG pitch competition.  Check out the photos.

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2014 Expo Registration -- Get your free ticket!

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 01, 2014

General admission and free luncheon tickets are now available for Springfield's biggest B2B event of the year! Kick off the day with Good Morning Springfield, followed by a morning of networking at the B2B Expo. Stay for lunch, courtesy of the Chamber, and watch while four entrepreneurs compete in the Go BIG Pitch Competition. After lunch, get ready for round two of the B2B Expo, and be sure to stop by the Chamber booth to learn about the new Member Marketplace!

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The Affordable Care Act employer mandate takes effect in 2015, are you ready?

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 04, 2014

Starting in 2015, some businesses will have to provide insurance to their employees or could be required to make an Employer Shared Responsibility payment. 96% of businesses are below this threshold and will not be affected by the shared responsibility rules. Do you know if you’re in the 96%? 

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Member Spotlight: Elliott, Robinson & Company

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 02, 2014

At Elliott Robinson, we handle and solve client issues from any perspective that they might need.  Sometimes it is as simple as referring them to someone for banking, insurance, investment or other needs that might be brought to our attention.  Our goal is to make them feel we are more than accountants, we are trusted business advisers who assist to help them run their business more effectively which typically means more profitable.  We come along clients to show them how to accomplish not only their business and financial goals; but, also their personal goals.  Because life is more than just their balance sheet. 

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Grow your business with Member Marketplace

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 15, 2014

With the launch of the Chamber’s new website, we opened up a new feature where your company can offer deals, save money, make special requests, and promote your business—for FREE.

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Chamber to give mid-year report at Annual Membership Luncheon

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 12, 2014

This year at the Annual Membership Luncheon, hear an update on the launch of the Chamber's new website, the progress we've made within our strategic areas of focus and the latest information on the Chamber's presidential search.

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Nominations for Salute to Health Care are due August 15

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 30, 2014

The Salute to Health Care event is a collaboration between the Chamber and the Springfield Business Journal (SBJ). In addition to the Chamber Salute awards, SBJ will recognize health care workers in these categories: E.R. Nurse, Dental Hygenist, Optometrist and Clinical Psychologist. An independent panel of judges will select the honorees. The award recipients will be honored during a banquet on November 20. Banquet registrations will open on the Chamber's website on October 1.

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Committee seeks nominations for 2015 board of directors

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 29, 2014

Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2015 Chamber board of directors. This year’s Directors Nominating Committee is currently preparing a slate of nominees. The committee will submit its recommendations to the Chamber board at the regular September meeting.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 20.

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Guess who's coming to B2BExpo

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 23, 2014

Don't just GO to Expo, Be a part of it! Early bird pricing ends August 22 for the Chamber's annual B2B Expo. Booths start at $425, but if that's not in your budget check out the Table-Top Displays which are only $175.

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Member Spotlight: Tri-County Security

Member Spotlight: Tri-County Security
Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 03, 2014

Tri-County Security is a full service private law enforcement agency commissioned by the Missouri Board of Police Commissioners, Missouri Board of Private Investigators/Fire Investigators. Tri-County is fully insured, licensed, bonded and commissioned Class A Title 17 Private Officers/Merchant Officers and Title 20 Private Investigators.

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The Network: Looking back and moving forward

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 09, 2014

We sat down with The Network’s current Chair, Teresa Coyan of CoxHealth to get her take on The Network’s accomplishments over the last seven years and to learn more about what’s in store for the committee’s future. 

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3 companies showcase technology that will grow your business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 06, 2014

Technology is changing the game for business—and not just in the realm of marketing. Businesses large and small are using technology to boost efficiency and profits. Earlier this week, the Chamber’s Small Business Council hosted three local business owners whose companies are changing the game through technology.

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Meet the Small Business Award Finalists

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

Five area businesses are finalists for the W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award to be presented by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce May 7.

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Chamber announces strategic areas of focus

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 07, 2014

As Chairman of the Board Jeff Schrag announced at last week’s Annual Meeting, the Chamber’s 2014 Action Plan will continue the emphasis on Creating Jobs and Business Investment, Advocating for Business and Growing Your Business– but we have several new goals within each area of focus.

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