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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Chamber panel examines "Access to Justice" in our region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 04, 2014

Recent legislative changes are improving access to justice and positively impacting businesses in our region. In a meeting of the Chamber’s governmental relations committee, State Senator Bob Dixon, Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier, Dwayne Fulk of Polsinelli, PC and Crista Hogan of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association discussed how these changes came about and what they mean for the business community.

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Ambassador of Kazakhstan visits Springfield in search of trade opportunities

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 04, 2014

In his remarks to the Chamber’s International Business Council this month, Ambassador Kairat Umarov highlighted a number of challenges and opportunities experienced by his home country of Kazakhstan, including the country’s interest in expanding international trade.

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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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Issue Brief: "Access to Justice" in our region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 02, 2014

In May, legislators brought the first major changes to Missouri's criminal code in more than 30 years with the passage of Senate Bill 491. The bill, along with funding for two additional Greene County Circuit Judges, signifies progress toward improving access to justice in our region, but there is still a long way to go.

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Calling all startups! $5,000 pitch competition launches

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 28, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Creative Foundry, The eFactory and Originate are seeking Springfield’s best and brightest entrepreneurs 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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Springfield startups featured in Fast Company

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 27, 2014

Earlier this year, Joe and Christine Daues were featured in the Springfield Business Journal after presenting their product Granolove at 1 Million Cups, a Kauffman foundation program in which entrepreneurs make connections with each other and the community over cups of coffee. Earlier this month, the story was picked up again, but this time by national business and technology magazine Fast Company.

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Topics to watch in economic development—entrepreneurship, talent and the global economy

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 22, 2014

The increasingly globalized economy, combined with the economic realities of the past decade have dramatically reshaped the economic development landscape. These changes are causing businesses and economic developers alike to renew their focus on talent attraction and foster environments ripe for entrepreneurship. All the while, technology continues to evolve, seemingly shrinking the world we live in and opening up new possibilities for business attraction and expansion.

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Kraft celebrates 75 years in Springfield, invests $100 million in facility

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 22, 2014

Earlier this month, the Kraft Foods manufacturing facility in Springfield celebrated 75 years of business in the community and 60 years at its current site. Kraft also announced that it is investing approximately $100 million at the Springfield site, which is being used for a new product line and for upgraded technology and equipment for making Kraft cheeses. Following Kraft’s nearly $50 million capital investment in 2012, this new investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to staying competitive and remaining a legacy employer in Springfield.

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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 seeks input on 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 15, 2014

It's not too early to start thinking about the 2015 legislative session.   The Chamber will soon initiate the process of developing our 2015 legislative agenda, and that process begins with feedback from you.

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Chamber hires new president and CEO Matt Morrow

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 13, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced today that it has appointed Matt Morrow as the organization’s new president and CEO. The chamber worked with Waverly Partners, LLC to conduct a national search following former CEO, Jim Anderson’s announcement that he would retire on June 30.

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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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Welcome to the new SpringfieldChamber.com

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 07, 2014

Welcome to the new www.SpringfieldChamber.com! Months of planning and writing and designing have gone into the making of this wonderful new tool, and we hope that you will enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Take a look around and check out the new features that we have designed specifically to provide value to you--our members. 

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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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Jobs. Safety. Accountability. Vote YES on 7!

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 23, 2014

Safer roads and better infrastructure are both key to the well-being of Springfield’s economic climate. Amendment 7 is a solution that will fix our roads, repair/replace our unsafe bridges and fund priority transportation improvements in Missouri.

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Springfield's entrepreneurial ecosystem garners national attention

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 07, 2014

As a community, Springfield has taken deliberate steps to build its entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Already known for start-ups that have become national brands—Bass Pro Shops, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation, Jack Henry & Associates—the Springfield region has long been supportive of entrepreneurs,  but a renewed focus is helping the effort gain steam and garner national attention.

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Is Springfield the most dangerous city in America?

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 07, 2014

You may have seen the headlines on Facebook or other social media sites, but is Springfield really the most dangerous city in America? What are we doing to make sure our city’s reputation isn’t tarnished, and most importantly, how do rankings like these impact things like economic development and talent attraction?

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Chamber takes big steps toward attracting new business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 03, 2014

Through the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, the Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation work to market the entire Springfield region to site selectors so that when they have a client that is looking to open a new facility, Springfield is at the top of their list.

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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 Partnership for Sustainability needs your input

Posted by Unknown on Jul 01, 2014

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the Partnership for Sustainability survey, which will be used to help the Partnership develop programs that can be of value to your organization and others in the region.  

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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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Chamber provides an end of session legislative update

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 06, 2014

The 2014 legislative session ended on Friday, May 16, and there were a number of wins as well as several missed opportunities on Chamber legislative priorities.Among the measures that crossed the finish line were a transportation funding ballot initiative, changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system, and an increased commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship through additional funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation.

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