Making your voice heard on regulatory issues

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

The Chamber’s Public Affairs team is always working to advocate for business interests with local, state and federal legislators. But many members may not be aware of another aspect of the Chamber’s work: regulatory issues.

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Exploring the possibilities of a catalyst for downtown development

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

Missouri State University, the Chamber’s economic development arm, Springfield Business Development Corporation, and The Vecino Group announced in early July that they are exploring the potential for a new development within the IDEA Commons district in downtown Springfield.

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Seeking nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 02, 2017

Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2018 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 Monday, August 21.

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Connecting with our military leaders

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

For those in the business community who have ever wondered how our military institutions operate, or for those that are interested in learning about how they can work with the military in a business capacity, mark August 15 on the calendar.

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Help the Chamber shape its legislative agenda

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 02, 2017

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

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Small Business Spotlight - August 2017: Brokate Janitorial, LLC

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 02, 2017

Check out our August 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Brokate Janitorial!

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Looking at Jefferson City with fresh eyes

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 05, 2017

Three freshman representatives from the Springfield area visited the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee on June 28 to share their experiences and observations from their first year in Jefferson City. The consensus: There were many challenges to overcome and accomplishments of which to be proud, and there is optimism about what 2018 holds.

 

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Springfield region attracts workers’ compensation care management company

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 29, 2017

One Call Care Management, a leading provider of workers’ compensation care management services, has selected the Springfield region to expand its operations. The Jacksonville, FL-based company is utilizing an existing Springfield building and will create 100 new full-time jobs with benefits by the end of 2017, with additional growth expected in the future.

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Employee education benefits companies & workers

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 23, 2017

As businesses continue to look for ways to address their biggest ongoing challenge – finding, developing and keeping quality, skilled employees – many are looking for ways to encourage employees to continue their education or add new training and certifications.

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Launching summer with a flashback Friday

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2017

Nostalgia was on full display at Farmers Park June 9 as The Network for Young Professionals held its second annual Summer Fest.

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State leaders echo need for workforce development

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2017

According to those attending a June 14 roundtable at the Chamber, Missouri faces several challenges in coming years, and few are more pressing than the ongoing shortage of skilled workers - but the state is uniquely positioned to tackle those challenges.

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Small Business Spotlight - July 2017: Vietti Marketing

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 19, 2017

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for July, Vietti Marketing!

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Leadership Springfield announces Signature Classes, Academy Class and Reunion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 01, 2017

Leadership Springfield continues to make strides in attracting emerging leaders from the community with the announcements of its newest Signature Classes and Academy Class.

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Small Business Spotlight - June 2017: Tomo Drug Testing

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 01, 2017

Check out our June 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Tomo Drug Testing!

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Creating a culture of employee advancement

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2017

There are a whole range of ways to support professional development. The Chamber wants to help you learn more about how you can support your employees.

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House budget chair offers look back at 2017 session

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2017

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's first year as chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee was a challenging one based on the state’s $500 million dollar budget shortfall. Despite tough budget choices for the legislature to make, there were many business successes to point to in the 2017 session.

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3M announces $40M expansion in Springfield, creating 90 new jobs

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 25, 2017

3M has now officially announced the expansion of manufacturing operations at its Springfield facility, which is expected to create approximately 90 jobs over the next several years and bring $40M in capital to the site.

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State legislative session brings major business successes, but work remains

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 19, 2017

The 2017 Missouri legislative session ended May 12, and several priorities from the Chamber’s state legislative agenda made it across the finish line, marking a successful year for the state’s business climate.

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Teaching teachers about opportunities for students

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 05, 2017

If you ask companies to identify the biggest potential barrier to growth and optimism, the answer is almost unanimous: access to workers. The GO CAPS Teacher Externship Program brings teachers into the workplace for job shadowing experiences that they can then share with their students.

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Second group of accelerator companies presents to the public

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 04, 2017

For the second group of companies in The eFactory’s Accelerator program, May 1 was the culmination of 12 weeks of hard work and the beginning of a new phase of development.

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Chamber announces 2017 Small Business Award recipient

Posted by Chamber Staff on May 03, 2017

During the Chamber’s annual event on May 3 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Askinosie Chocolate received the 2017 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.

 

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A new approach to marketing

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 02, 2017

A recent Chamber event took a new approach to connecting people, letting them meet and share their stories.

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Giving international business a lift in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 02, 2017

Companies looking to do business internationally may be aware that the Springfield-Branson National Airport has been home to a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) for two decades. In fact, until recently, it would have been possible to walk through the airport facility and not even know it was there.

 

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Small Business Spotlight - May 2017: Rick's Automotive

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 01, 2017

Check out our May 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Rick's Automotive!

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Celebrating 25 Years of the Small Business Award

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 28, 2017

As the Chamber celebrates 25 years of presenting the annual W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award, we’re taking a look back and talking to some of the award recipients about what it has meant to their organizations.

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A surprise visit from Chamber friends

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 20, 2017

If you saw a limo full of donuts driving around Springfield, you’re not imagining things. It was probably from the Chamber. And keep your eyes peeled – you might just see it again soon!

 

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April election spells a win for economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 07, 2017

The Chamber is incredibly grateful to businesses and individuals who supported the City Council candidates supported by the Springfield Good Government Committee, and especially to those who voted on April 4.

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Legislative Update: Progress on Chamber priorities, work remains in last five weeks of session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 07, 2017

The 2017 legislative session is headed toward the finish line, with only five weeks until adjournment on May 12. Here is an update on some top Chamber priorities as of April 6.

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