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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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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