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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3 companies showcase technology that will grow your business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 06, 2014

Technology is changing the game for business—and not just in the realm of marketing. Businesses large and small are using technology to boost efficiency and profits. Earlier this week, the Chamber’s Small Business Council hosted three local business owners whose companies are changing the game through technology.

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Meet the Small Business Award Finalists

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

Five area businesses are finalists for the W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award to be presented by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce May 7.

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The Chamber checks in with past 1MC presenters

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

Since 1 Million Cups launched in February, 17 startups have presented their ideas to the community of entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors. We decided to check back in with a few of the past presenters to see how 1 Million Cups has helped to grow their businesses.

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Attorney General Chris Koster outlines top challenges facing Missouri

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

Last week, the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee hosted a discussion with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. In his remarks, Koster outlined what he sees as the top challenges facing the state of Missouri, including education, long-term transportation funding, and Medicaid expansion.

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Vote "NO" on April 8 and RENEW pension funding

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 04, 2014

The Chamber Board of Directors encourages members to vote “NO” next Tuesday, and renew pension funding for Springfield Police and Firefighters.

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Mid-Session Legislative Recap

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 04, 2014

See what the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has done for you this session both here at home and in Jefferson City.

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Vote "NO" on April 8 to support Springfield's police and firefighters

Posted by Maggie Kost on Mar 07, 2014

Keeping our commitment to Springfield’s police officers and firefighters is the right thing to do.

That’s why the Chamber’s Board of Directors decided in December to endorse the proposed Police/Fire Pension Fund Sales Tax Renewal that will appear before voters on April 8.

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Local entrepreneurs connect via 1 Million Cups

Posted by Maggie Kost on Mar 07, 2014

What would happen if entrepreneurs across the nation had 1 Million Cups of coffee together? That’s the question a group of local entrepreneurs are trying to answer as part of a national program that builds startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation.

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Springfield's top employers weigh in on Talent Attraction Initiative

Posted by Maggie Kost on Mar 07, 2014

Top human resources professionals from Springfield’s largest employers emphasized the purpose and importance of the new Talent Attraction website at the annual meeting of the Springfield Business Development Corporation last month.

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SBDC launches new talent attraction website

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 07, 2014

Springfield employers, meet your new best friend: www.LiveInSpringfieldMO.com

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