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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