Springfield is fortunate to have a growing young professional population and a steady stream of young people moving to the area for educational opportunities. However, our ability to retain these bright young professionals depends heavily on our efforts to connect with them and get them plugged into the broader community.
The Network has selected four students from local campuses for this year's Campus Liaison Program. Read on to learn more about the program and this year's participants!
Looking to take on a more active role in The Network? Apply today to join the Leadership Council! Leadership Council members provide visioning and feedback for The Network and serve for a term of three years. Members meet monthly with Chamber staff to make decisions regarding The Network and also provide guidance to The Network's five work crews.
The Network is now accepting applications for its Campus Liaison Program for the 2015-2016 school year. We're seeking motivated students from Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Missouri State University to represent their campus within The Network.
Matthew Morris was named the 2015 Young Professional of the Year by the Network for Young Professionals at the group’s anniversary event on June 3.
The Network's Summer Series provides summer interns with access to an entire summer's worth of events - all at no cost to interns or employers!
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.
Nominations are now open for The Network's Young Professional of the Year Award! Anyone who has been a member of The Network for at least six months is eligible for nomination. We'll recognize the top three finalists and announce the award recipient at The Network's Anniversary Celebration on June 3!
The Network's Campus Liaison Program has recently expanded to include Evangel University. The program was launched in the fall of 2014 on Drury University and Missouri State University campuses, and now includes four liaisons.
The Network's Charitable Work Crew is excited to announce this year's nonprofit partner, Great Circle!
We asked Jeff Byrd, Marketing Account Specialist with Sho-Me Technologies and 2015 Chair of The Network's Leadership Council to share his reflections on 2014 and his vision for 2015. Read on to learn why Jeff thinks The Network is headed for our best year yet!
The Network wrapped up 2014 with a holiday party and check presentation to this year’s non-profit partner The Tooth Truck. Over the course of the last year Network members raised $750 for The Tooth Truck, surpassing previous fundraising campaigns by more than $200.
The Network is excited to welcome Isaac Cowart and Andrew Garton to the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council offers feedback and visioning for The Network, provides leadership for the five work crews, and works with Chamber staff to ensure that members have access to professional development and leadership opportunities.
The Network is excited to welcome Ashley Clair and Derek Pon to the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council offers feedback and visioning for The Network, provides leadership for the five work crews, and works with Chamber staff to ensure that members have access to professional development and leadership opportunities.
More than 50 young professionals turned out bright and early last week to hear what major issues Springfield’s state representatives are looking to tackle in the 2015 legislative session. In the joint meeting of the Chamber’s Network for Young Professionals and the Governmental Relations Committee, legislators fielded questions on a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurship to generational engagement in the political process.
The Network's Ambassador Work Crew has announced the launch of a new program that will further connect local college students to The Network and Springfield's growing community of young professionals. The Campus Liaison Program was introduced on the campuses of Missouri State University and Drury University at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester with plans expand to other local institutions in the coming semesters.
The Network is currently accepting applications to fill several available seats on the Leadership Council. Leadership Council members provide visioning and feedback for The Network and serve for a term of three years.
The Network's Membership Work Crew is excited to announce that those who bring potential Network members as guests to events will soon be rewarded with great prizes! Drawings will be held monthly for those who bring guests to events and for those who are mentioned in the referral field on new Network membership applications.
Clay Trautman, President of Insurance with Liberty Bank has been awarded The Network's Young Professional of the Year award. Clay is involved with The Network's Leadership Council and Membership Work Crew, along with Springfield Rotaract, Ozarks Counseling Center, and several other organizations.
The Network recently celebrated seven years as the go-to voice of Springfield's young professionals with a lunch attended by over 100 Network members and community leaders. Leaders of the work crews provided updates and The Network recognized the three finalists and recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award.
USA Today recently featured Springfield in a list of American cities that are considered magnets for young adults.