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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Connecting you with your next star employee

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Sep 21, 2016

Is your organization looking for new employees? Do you wish you had access to the Chamber’s vast network of connections? Our upcoming Career Fair may be just the answer.

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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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Taking action in 2016

Posted by Chamber Communications on Sep 02, 2016

The Chamber’s advocacy efforts have been running full steam ahead in 2016.

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Nominations open for Young Professional of the Year Award

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Sep 01, 2016

The Network, the Chamber’s group for future business and community leaders, is once again giving its members the opportunity to recognize one of their own.

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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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DOL overtime rule change requires significant planning

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 25, 2016

The Department of Labor’s new rule on overtime pay for salaried employees has created a lot of uncertainty for southwest Missouri employers, and the uncertainty was apparent at the Chamber's 60 Minutes to Success session on August 10. 

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State, federal leaders offer insights in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 05, 2016

July was another busy month for the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, as leaders from both the state and federal level visited Springfield to hear from area business leaders and offer a glimpse at the political climate.

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Chamber celebrates summer and successes at Annual Membership Luncheon

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 05, 2016

At the Chamber's Annual Membership Luncheon on July 27, nearly 400 attendees were treated to a taste of the islands, a chance to visit with colleagues and make new friends … and to learn about the Chamber’s progress on its stated goals for 2016.

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Member Spotlight: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 04, 2016

he 21,000+ professionals of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. offer a full complement of retail and wholesale products and services, including property & casualty, employee benefit and HR consulting, as well as claims management and loss control services, to clients of all sizes around the world.

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Member Spotlight: Houck Transit Advertising

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 03, 2016

Houck Transit Advertising has a long history of offering unique marketing opportunities in Springfield and throughout the Midwest.

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Seeking nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 03, 2016

Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2017 Board of Directors. Once nominations close, this year’s Directors Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees, which will be submitted to the Chamber board for consideration at the regular September meeting.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23.

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Congressman Long offers recap, looks ahead

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 03, 2016

When Congressman Billy Long visited the Chamber July 26 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered both a look back at what has been accomplished this session and a look at what still needs to be done.

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Chamber's education attainment initiatives get financial boost

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 03, 2016

The Chamber continues growing its efforts in workforce development, and national organizations are recognizing our efforts.

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Chamber looks to members for legislative input

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2016

The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect with its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.

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State treasurer addresses Missouri's fiscal health, plans for growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 01, 2016

When State Treasurer Clint Zweifel visited Springfield July 7, he had a positive but cautious outlook. 

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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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Chamber advocacy brings state leaders to Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 01, 2016

Numerous state leaders were in Springfield in June to share their stories and field questions from members.

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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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Fort Wood continues to impact Springfield

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 01, 2016

The officer in charge of Fort Leonard Wood made his first visit to the Chamber on June 23 to offer an update on what is happening at Missouri’s largest military base and its impact on Springfield.

 

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Attorney General Chris Koster analyzes Missouri government

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 23, 2016

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured guest June 15 during the second installment of the Chamber’s Public Policy Speaker Series, where he discussed issues that impact all Missouri businesses including transportation funding, economic development and educating tomorrow’s workforce.

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Hiring and firing? Avoid legal pitfalls

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 21, 2016

New business owners are often unprepared for the personnel issues that come with having employees. Human resources management can cause headaches and create legal difficulties if not handled properly.

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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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Possibilities and struggles in trading with Cuba

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 20, 2016

Cuba and its export economy languish at the bottom of the list of world nations but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming the “debutante of the ball.”

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Reflecting on six years in the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 10, 2016

When Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber June 10 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered a look back at six eventful years as representative of the state’s 135th district, covering the eastern portion of Springfield.

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Jump-start your networking over lunch

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 03, 2016

Chamber membership offers the opportunity to make meaningful connections with business peers and prospects. Among these opportunities is the innovative program ConnectForLunch, which provides an environment custom-made for networking.

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