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Small Business Council chair talks about leading with passion

Small Business Council chair talks about leading with passion On May 24, The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals hosted the second event in its 2022 CEO series. YPs heard from Linda Daugherty, chief operating officer of Academy of Hair Design & BeVelle Barber School. In an interview conducted by Network Chair Dee King, Linda talked…

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Cabinet Concepts by Design receives 2022 Small Business Award

Cabinet Concepts by Design receives 2022 Small Business Award During its annual event on May 4, the Chamber announced Cabinet Concepts by Design as the recipient of the 2022 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. More than 300 guests were on hand at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center for the event, which honored all…

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SGF Business Insider – May 2022: How Do We Recover Financially from the Pandemic?

SGF Business Insider – May 2022: How Do We Recover Financially from the Pandemic? In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Greene County Commissioner John Russell and ARPA Grant & Equity Specialist Dr. Lyle Foster. They talk about how funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) is being directed to small businesses and nonprofits in our…

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Making progress in a complicated legislative landscape

Making progress in a complicated legislative landscape State Senator Dave Schatz has a lot on his plate. Not only does he represent Franklin and St. Louis counties in the Missouri State Senate, but he also leads the upper chamber as the president pro tem – meaning it’s his job to keep legislation moving through his…

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Celebrating a plethora of business milestones

Celebrating a plethora of business milestones Every day, the Chamber works to help businesses grow and thrive. And one of the things we love most is when we have the opportunity to help those organizations commemorate significant achievements – grand openings, anniversaries, new facilities and more. April was quite a busy month for celebrations in…

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Connecting businesses with those who are teaching tomorrow’s workforce

Connecting businesses with those who are teaching tomorrow’s workforce The Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) connects high school students with information and hands-on experience related to the wide range of potential employment options available to them in the Springfield area after their school days are done. But the program also provides…

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Summarizing years of progress in the Springfield region

Summarizing years of progress in the Springfield region Since 1994, the Chamber has convened community leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors for the Community Leadership Visit. The delegation of leaders travels to a peer city to learn from their experiences and bring back ideas that will benefit our region. The 2021 CLV initiative…

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Finalists announced for 2022 Small Business Award

Finalists announced for 2022 Small Business Award Five area businesses have been named as finalists for the 2022 Small Business Award. The finalists were determined based on written applications that include essays on company history, management philosophy, responses to challenges, innovation in product and service offerings and contributions to the community. Entries are scored by…

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SGF Business Insider – April 2022: How Do You Find Hidden Workers?

SGF Business Insider – April 2022: How Do You Find Hidden Workers? In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Joseph Fuller. Fuller is a professor with the Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and they talked about addressing workforce issues. Specifically, they discussed research Fuller and his…

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Celebrating the power of teamwork at Annual Meeting

Celebrating the power of teamwork at Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting is the signature evening on the Chamber’s event calendar. It’s the time when members gather to look back on the year that was, thank those who served in leadership and look ahead to what the future holds. And though this year’s event had to…

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