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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.
Nostalgia was on full display at Farmers Park June 9 as The Network for Young Professionals held its second annual Summer Fest.
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.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for July, Vietti Marketing!
Leadership Springfield continues to make strides in attracting emerging leaders from the community with the announcements of its newest Signature Classes and Academy Class.
Check out our June 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Tomo Drug Testing!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent Chamber event took a new approach to connecting people, letting them meet and share their stories.
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.
Check out our May 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Rick's Automotive!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The second crop of students participating in the GO CAPS program are preparing to show off the results of a year of hard work.
Despite the strength of the health care sector in the Springfield region, the need for unique solutions to health care needs and qualified workers is greater now than it has ever been.
Check out our April 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Bluebird Underground!
For the 25th year, the Chamber is preparing to recognize five area companies as finalists for the W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. Here’s a look at this year’s honorees.
Mary Kellogg was at the Chamber March 21 to speak to members of The Network about her experience helping to grow the Titanic museum in Branson from an idea into a $20 million business.