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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