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Fed economists share insights about regional and national data at Economic Outlook

Fed economists share insights about regional and national data at Economic Outlook Two economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shared data and insights with a sold-out crowd at the Springfield Business Development Corporation’s (SBDC) Economic Outlook in August. The SBDC is the Chamber’s economic development arm. Associate Economist Nathan Jefferson took a…

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Lippert™ celebrates expansion of a second Springfield operation

Lippert™ celebrates expansion of a second Springfield operation The Springfield Business Development Corporation is pleased to announce the expansion of Lippert Industries in Springfield. This expansion includes the lease of a 100,000 square foot building at 4140 W. Webster St., an investment of $1.5 million in equipment and FFE, and the addition of 90 new employees!…

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SGF Business Insider – July 2022: What Is Economic Development?

SGF Business Insider – July 2022: What Is Economic Development? In this month’s episode of SGF Business Insider, Chamber President Matt Morrow sits down with Vicki Pratt, the Chamber’s new senior vice president of economic development. They cover a variety of topics all aimed at providing a look at what goes into the process of economic…

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Connecting businesses with federal funding information

Connecting businesses with federal funding information When the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021, it spelled an additional influx of federal dollars into state and local coffers. For Missouri, it meant $2.6 billion of additional funding for a wide range of uses – including help for businesses and support for…

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SGF Business Insider – June 2022: How Do Businesses Find Tools to Stay Safe?

SGF Business Insider – June 2022: How Do Businesses Find Tools to Stay Safe? This month, Chamber President Matt Morrow sits down with Chief Paul Williams of the Springfield Police Department. They talk about the department’s work in crime prevention, officer recruitment efforts, and ways that the business community can help in crime prevention. They…

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Tools to help keep Springfield businesses safe

Tools to help keep Springfield businesses safe The law enforcement officers of the Springfield Police Department work hard every day to apprehend individuals who commit crime in our community and to find ways to prevent crime from happening. But there are also numerous ways that businesses in our community can assist the police in those…

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Employers share best practices for employee health and wellness

Employers share best practices for employee health and wellness As some employees reassess their personal and professional paths, many employers are finding innovative ways to address their employees’ physical and mental well-being, from improving access to primary health care to destigmatizing mental health in the workplace. Several organizations, both in and out of the health…

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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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Addressing the workforce issue by finding “hidden workers”

Addressing the workforce issue by finding “hidden workers” Employers are having more difficulty than at any time in recent history finding the people to fill open or newly created jobs – and according to Harvard Business School research, that difficulty is being inadvertently exacerbated by employers themselves. Joseph Fuller, Harvard Business School (HBS) professor and…

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