Archive for 2016

Chamber encourages members to vote NO on Amendment 3, Proposition A

Chamber encourages members to vote NO on Amendment 3, Proposition A At the October 17 meeting of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the board voted to oppose two statewide proposals that will appear on the November 8 ballot: Amendment 3 and Proposition A. Both proposals would increase Missouri’s tobacco tax by different amounts with funds…

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Ambassador visit highlights need for international communication

Ambassador visit highlights need for international communication As the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae knows the importance of interpersonal communication—regardless of cultural divides. “Human relationships matter,” he told an October 12 gathering of the Chamber’s International Business Council. “In Japan, we care about the relationships and the level of trust. Without knowing…

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Chamber reaches out to all members for support

Chamber reaches out to all members for support The Chamber is always looking for new ways to add value for its members and better serve the business community. Part of that mission means connecting with as many of our members as we can, offering them new and targeted ways to connect with their colleagues and…

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Greenville visit reinforces value of strong leadership, common vision

Greenville visit reinforces value of strong leadership, common vision One look at the downtown district of Greenville, South Carolina, makes it clear that great pride is taken in its center city. It’s also clear that the area’s development couldn’t have happened without clear vision and strong commitment from government, business, not-for-profits and the community. It…

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Vital Farms lauds Springfield region’s development-ready sites, coordinated approach

Vital Farms lauds Springfield region’s development-ready sites, coordinated approach When the nation’s largest brand of pasture-raised eggs chose the Springfield region for its new facility, the company noted the city’s development-ready sites and its coordinated approach, as well as its central geography, skilled workforce and access to transportation, as reasons for the choice. Austin, Texas-based…

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Taking action in 2016

Taking action in 2016 The Chamber’s advocacy efforts have been running full steam ahead in 2016. This infographic lays out just some of the valuable work our Public Affairs staff and volunteer leaders have completed and continue to perform for our members. Supported by BKD CPAs & Advisors

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Springfield region remains bright spot in steady economy

Springfield region remains bright spot in steady economy In its effort to create growth in the area economy and job market, the Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC), regularly bring in experts to analyze the lay of the land and discuss what the future may hold. At the Economic…

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Accelerator program connects startups with funding and guidance

Accelerator program connects startups with funding and guidance The Chamber and Missouri State University have both worked hard to identify gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Chamber—along with its development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation—have worked tirelessly with community and business leaders, offering their expertise to help create and fund several programs aimed at…

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DOL overtime rule change requires significant planning

DOL overtime rule change requires significant planning The Department of Labor’s new rule on overtime pay for salaried employees has created a lot of uncertainty for southwest Missouri employers—including which employees will be affected, how to bring those employees into compliance, how to communicate the changes to those employees and how to properly account for…

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State, federal leaders offer insights in Springfield

State, federal leaders offer insights in Springfield July was another busy month for the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, as leaders from both the state and federal level visited Springfield to hear from area business leaders and offer a glimpse at the political climate. Zweifel addresses Missouri’s fiscal health, growth When he visited the Chamber’s Governmental Relations…

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