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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GO CAPS students set to show off their work

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2017

The second crop of students participating in the GO CAPS program are preparing to show off the results of a year of hard work.

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Tackling health care challenges through innovation

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2017

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.

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Small Business Spotlight - April 2017: Bluebird Underground

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 01, 2017

Check out our April 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Bluebird Underground!

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Join Us for the 2017 Small Business Award

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 29, 2017

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.

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Telling a story and changing the narrative

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 24, 2017

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. 

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A vote for these candidates is a vote for economic growth

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 02, 2017

Following the recommendation of the Springfield Good Government Committee, the Chamber has endorsed these candidates for mayor and Springfield City Council. 

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Chamber encourages members to vote YES on the Springfield R-12 bond issue

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 02, 2017

The Chamber board of directors encourages members to support the Springfield Public Schools bond issue on the April 4 ballot.

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State Senate leaders discuss legislative session, time in office

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 01, 2017

The kickoff of the 2017 Public Policy Speaker Series featured an impressive panel of senators representing the Springfield region.

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New events for members kick off 2017

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 01, 2017

In our ongoing effort to help member businesses make new connections, the Chamber has several new and returning events on the calendar for 2017.

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Small Business Spotlight - March 2017: Robert Cirtin Investigations

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 01, 2017

Check out our March 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Robert Cirtin Investigations!

 

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Chamber looks back at 2016 and prepares for the future

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 17, 2017

In our biggest yearly event, Chamber leaders touted the accomplishments of 2016 and the big goals on the docket this year, including a new Chamber-led initiative to create a long-term growth plan for our community.

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Small Business Spotlight - February 2017: Pearson-Kelly Office Products

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 17, 2017

Check out our February 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Pearson-Kelly Office Products!

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Demonstrating GO CAPS to a State Leader

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 15, 2017

News of the GO CAPS program's success has spread quickly, prompting State Sen. Jay Wasson to reach out to Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann to learn more about the program.

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A success for the Chamberís legislative agenda and the state

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 14, 2017

One of the first items in the Chamber's state legislative agenda to successfully make it through the legislative process in 2017 was the Right to Work legislation, signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on February 6

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SBDC Annual Meeting highlights area growth, changing business environment

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 13, 2017

During the SBDC Annual Meeting on February 8, attendees heard about several high points for the year, as well as information about how the world of communication is changing for businesses.

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