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SGF Business Insider Podcast – January 2021: How Do Business Leaders Prepare? Welcome to SGF Insider, our cooperative podcast project with Leadership Springfield where we give you a look at the people and programs that help make Springfield a great place to live, work and play. In this installment of the Chamber’s portion of the…

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A look at what drives regional manufacturing growth The Manufacturing Outlook – presented virtually by the Chamber’s economic development arm, the SBDC, on December 3 from the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center – offered a wide-ranging look at the trends in the manufacturing industry, along with the process that businesses use when deciding where to…

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Announcing Chamber leadership for 2021 The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new members of its Board of Directors for 2021. These seven board members will serve three-year terms on the board, having been nominated by the Directors Nominating Committee earlier this fall and submitted to the general membership for approval.…

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Academy of Hair Design receives 2020 Small Business Award During the Chamber’s annual event on November 11, we announced Academy of Hair Design as the recipient of the 2020 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. Academy of Hair Design was founded by entrepreneurs Jerry BeVelle, David Gonzales and Christie Gonzales who were running a successful…

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Finalists announced for 2020 Small Business Award Five area businesses have been named as finalists for the 2020 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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Regional call center announces expansion into Springfield Promoveo, LLC, a business process outsourcing company based in Bolivar, has announced plans to expand its local operations and headquarters in the Springfield region. The company will be opening a second office in downtown Springfield’s Hammons Tower and creating 50 new jobs. Founded in 2015, Promoveo serves a…

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Nation’s largest VA lender expands into Springfield, creating 100 new jobs Just in time for Labor Day, Mortgage Research Center, L.L.C., which does business as Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA purchase lender, has announced the creation of 100 new jobs in Springfield as part of a new initiative. The move marks the…

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Fed economist discusses pandemic’s economic impact, recovery potential Charles Gascon, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, delivered the keynote address for the 2020 Economic Outlook on August 19. Hosted by the Chamber’s economic development arm, the SBDC, the event was broadcast virtually from the studio of the event’s presenting sponsor, BKD CPAs…

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Introducing our Education Resource Center for Employers As school districts around the region have started the process of reopening their doors to students for the 2020-2021 school year – in a variety of forms – both parents and employers have a wide range of questions. What resources are available to help support virtual learning? Which…

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Legacy manufacturer Kraft Heinz reinvests in Springfield Longtime employer Kraft Heinz is reinvesting in its Springfield manufacturing facility as part of a five-year $48M project to enhance its manufacturing operations and capacity. This is the third major capital investment in the facility over the last several years, demonstrating Kraft Heinz’s commitment to the Springfield region…

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