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SGF Business Insider – April 2021: How Are Women Empowered to Lead in Our Community? In March, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual ATHENA Award ceremony, recognizing two women who make a difference in our community. The ATHENA Award is given to someone who has spent their career empowering women to achieve…

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Helping employers vaccinate our region’s workforce Local and state experts offered Chamber members additional insight into COVID-19 vaccination options for employers during the year’s first Inside the Issues event on March 25. As additional phases continue to open under Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, employers face several options for offering vaccines to interested employees. Shad Burner,…

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John Deere Reman to expand operations in Springfield Deere & Company, a world leader in agriculture and construction, is expanding operations in Springfield, Missouri. The remanufacturing division of Deere & Company, John Deere Reman, will add drivetrain and hydraulic remanufacturing operations to their existing facilities, creating 130 new jobs. John Deere Reman remanufactures engines, fuel,…

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ATHENA: Honoring leaders who advocate for others The fourth annual ATHENA Award program, held on March 3 at the White River Conference Center, may have looked and felt different than in past years for obvious reasons, but the recipients were no less deserving – and no less grateful for the recognition of their efforts. The…

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SGF Business Insider – March 2021: How Do Businesses Navigate the Digital Landscape? The Internet, smart devices and social media have fundamentally changed the way individuals and businesses interact with each other – including how they make purchasing decisions. In order for small businesses to be successful in this new digital landscape, they must understand…

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New microbrewery breaks ground in the Springfield Region The Springfield region continues to focus on creating unique places and experiences for residents, evidenced by the newest brewery to the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Ozarks. Wire Road Brewing Company is officially launching and will break ground very soon on plans to build a new…

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Examining the economic impact of health care The health care industry has been at the top of everyone’s mind over the last year. But as the Chamber’s economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, demonstrated during its recent Health Care Outlook event, it’s also hard to overstate the industry’s impact on the region’s economy…

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U.S. Chamber highlights pandemic relief, bipartisanship Experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce updated Springfield Chamber members on COVID-19 federal relief efforts during a virtual event on February 3. Tom Sullivan, vice president of small business policy, gave insight into recent changes to several pandemic-related business assistance programs, enacted through the most recent COVID-relief package…

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Significant year for projects, despite unprecedented challenges The ongoing pandemic has created challenges for nearly every aspect of economic development. Attracting new businesses and business expansions is no exception. However, despite the challenges created by travel restrictions, social distancing and working from home, the Chamber and its economic development arm – the Springfield Business Development…

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SGF Business Insider – February 2021: How Do We Win Projects & Create Jobs? In this episode of our podcast, SGF Business Insider, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks to Mary Lilly Smith, Planning & Development Director for the City of Springfield, and Ryan Mooney, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development. They talk about…

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