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Thanking legislators for 2019, and asking for their help in 2020

Thanking legislators for 2019, and asking for their help in 2020 Each year, the Chamber board invites members of our area legislative delegation to the annual legislative luncheon. It’s a way to say thank you for their work in the previous year’s session and talk with them about the Springfield-area business community’s priorities for new…

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SBDC is talking about its love for Springfield

SBDC is talking about its love for Springfield The Chamber’s economic development arm, the SBDC, is focused on the future of our community – and want you to join the conversation at the 2020 SBDC Annual Meeting to talk about loving Springfield. The event will look at how Chamber staff, with the support of SBDC…

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New leaders offer their insights for the New Year

New leaders offer their insights for the New Year In recent years, it has become a tradition for The Network to start off its year by hearing from the new chair and the new chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. On January 9, nearly 100 YPs gathered at the Chamber to hear from 2020…

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Get your Annual Passes today!

Get your Annual Passes today! Have you picked up an Annual Pass for 2020? If not, what are you waiting for? An Annual Pass offers numerous advantages over buying event tickets individually – you get a discounted rate along with the convenience of paying one time to get into all the events in the series,…

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Beverage manufacturer announces $40M expansion in Springfield

Beverage manufacturer announces $40M expansion in Springfield Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, a third generation, family-owned bottler, is investing $40M to expand its local operations. Undertaking a two-phase expansion, the company will create approximately 25 new jobs, add a new production line and build a new 430,000 sq. ft. warehouse adjacent to its existing Springfield…

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The Network talks about the importance of inclusion

The Network talks about the importance of inclusion Inclusion and diversity are important topics to the health of an organization or a community, but they can also be difficult subjects if they’re not approached the right way. Derrick Nelson and Shannon O’Heron are aware of the potential pitfalls. They lead the inclusion and diversity efforts…

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Economic development leader visits Chamber during statewide tour

Economic development leader visits Chamber during statewide tour State Rep. Derek Grier served as chairman of the Missouri House Economic Development Committee during the 2019 legislative session. Now he wants to learn more about what individual communities across the state are looking for to help develop jobs and economic growth. That’s why Grier visited Springfield…

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Manufacturing leaders discuss trends in supporting industries

Manufacturing leaders discuss trends in supporting industries The focus of the SBDC’s 2019 Manufacturing Outlook event, held on December 6 was trends and issues affecting industries that support manufacturing, such as real estate and logistics, automation, workforce training, and transportation. Real estate development is a critical part of attracting and retaining business like manufacturers. Alex…

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Continuing efforts to attract talent

Continuing efforts to attract talent Part of the work of the Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, is to attract new potential employees to our region by showing the many things that make Springfield a great place to live, work and play. To broaden the reach of our talent attraction…

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State Senators discuss importance of civility in government

State Senators discuss importance of civility in government When State Senators Caleb Rowden and Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber on November 8, they talked about some of the state legislature’s accomplishments in 2019 and the potential for the 2020 session. But they also talked about why they are both fearful and optimistic about the future…

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