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 publishes 2014 Community Leadership Visit Report

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

Three days, 10 panel discussions, 43 guest speakers, and 168 tweets later, 61 of Springfield’s business and community leaders learned the ins-and-outs of what makes Omaha, Nebraska a city of big ideas, big dollars and “no coasting.”  

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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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Newly-elected legislators converge on Springfield

Posted by Maggie on Dec 12, 2014

The Chamber along with the other eight organizations that make up the Springfield Metro Partnership hosted 45 newly-elected legislators this month in an effort to build on the strong relationship between the Springfield community and state lawmakers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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State legislators get candid with Springfield's young professionals

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 05, 2014

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. 

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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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Nicastro highlights workforce needs in state of education address to Chamber members

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 06, 2014

Just days after announcing her retirement from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicatro provided Chamber members with what could very well be her last update on the state of education in Missouri.

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Speaker Pro Tem overviews planned changes to House legislative committees

Posted by Unknown on Oct 03, 2014

Representative Denny Hoskins, Speaker Pro Tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, spoke to Chamber members at a meeting of the Governmental Relations Committee on September 26. Representative Hoskins updated the group on the 2014 veto session and looked ahead at what to expect for the 2015 legislative session.

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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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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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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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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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