Annual Events & Awards
The Chamber offers a variety of signature events for members to network and stay connected. At many of these events, we offer award programs designed to recognize members for their outstanding achievements.
Every year on the last Friday of January, Chamber members gather to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and honor our volunteer leaders. The highlight of the evening is the announcement of the Springfieldian award, the Chamber’s most acclaimed honor.
Member Appreciation Celebration
The Member Appreciation Celebration (formerly Annual Membership Lunch) gives members the opportunity to network and recognize those who volunteer their time to Chamber committees and task forces. The program also includes a mid-year update on the Chamber's strategic areas of focus.
ATHENA Award Luncheon
The ATHENA Award is presented annually by the Chamber. The award honors a person "who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time and energy to the community, and, especially, opened the doors of leadership opportunity to women."
For 25 years, a delegation of Springfield community leaders has traveled to a peer city to learn from the experiences of that community and bring back ideas that will benefit the Springfield region.
Throughout the year, the Chamber examines the impact of various industries on Springfield’s regional economy. Health care and manufacturing are each covered via an in-depth panel discussion and luncheon, as well as a look at the overall economy.
Each year, the Chamber celebrates Springfield small businesses and highlights our area's entrepreneurial spirit. Recipients are selected based on staying power, response to adversity, innovation, business philosophy and contributions to the community.
State of the State
Each year a high-level state official visits Springfield to offer a look at recent legislative progress and take a look at opportunities and challenges facing the state of Missouri in the future.