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Governor highlights strong economy, encourages vaccinations at State of the State The Chamber’s fourth annual State of the State event, held at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus on July 27, featured Missouri Governor Mike Parson touting the state’s continued economic strength and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while encouraging eligible Missourians to…

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Highlighting member stories and feedback at the Annual Member Lunch The Annual Member Lunch is the Chamber’s chance to show our appreciation for the work our members do every day, as well as their continuing support of our organization and our programs and initiatives for the betterment of the community. At this year’s event, held…

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First-year state reps highlight priorities, importance of bipartisanship Working across the aisle for the betterment of the community was a common thread at the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee meeting with three first-term lawmakers from the Springfield area. Representatives Bishop Davidson, Betsy Fogle and Alex Riley were all elected to serve in the Missouri House in…

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Announcing the Chamber’s new talent retention coordinator The Chamber is pleased to announce the hire of Tori Reaves as Talent Retention Coordinator in the Chamber’s economic development department. Her first day on the job was June 7. In her new role, Reaves will act as staff liaison and coordinator for The Network for Young Professionals,…

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Chamber partners with efactory, Missouri SBDC at MSU to launch “Supercharge Southwest Missouri” The program leverages a network of supporters and services to supercharge entrepreneurs, small business owners and innovators throughout southwest Missouri. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a supporting partner in the launch of Supercharge Southwest Missouri, a new initiative powered by…

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SGF Business Insider – July 2021: How Do Businesses Find and Retain Employees? Time and again, businesses say the biggest obstacle to growth is finding enough qualified people to fill the jobs they’re looking to create. In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with two people who are working every day to help employers…

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SBDC Annual Meeting highlights strong development year, placemaking opportunities The Springfield Business Development Corporation – the economic development arm of the Chamber – held its first major in-person event of 2021, the SBDC Annual Meeting, on June 16 at the Oasis Convention Center. Apparently, people were ready once again to meet in person, as a…

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SGForum returns in person to go “beyond the blueprint” The Network for Young Professionals held its third annual edition of the SGForum on June 11 at the Gillioz Theatre. The half-day forum marked the first return to in-person events for the YP group, and more than 200 Springfield-area young professionals took advantage of the opportunity…

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SGF Business Insider – June 2021: How Do We Learn from Peer Cities? The Chamber has been leading the Community Leadership Visit (CLV) for more than a quarter-century, taking a delegation of community leaders to a peer city to learn from the experiences of another community and to bring back ideas that will benefit the…

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A highly successful legislative session concludes in Jefferson City When the 2021 legislative session concluded on May 14, it had ultimately proved to be a successful year for several long-term business community priorities. Throughout the session, the Chamber advocated for several member-driven, board approved legislative priorities through written testimony, member outreach, in-person meetings, and virtual…

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