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Announcing the new members and officers for the Chamber Board of Directors

Announcing the new members and officers for the Chamber Board of Directors The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new additions to its Board of Directors for 2022, as well as its slate of officers for the new year. New board members serving three-year terms are: Erin Danastasio, Hatch Foundation Tom…

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Manufacturers talk workforce issues and economic strength

Manufacturers talk workforce issues and economic strength During the 2021 edition of the Manufacturing Outlook leaders from the manufacturing sector talked about how workforce issues are impacting their businesses and the potential effects of federal vaccine mandates, while Chamber leaders gave an update on the environment for economic development in our area. The event was…

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SGF Business Insider – November 2021: How Do We Build the Health Care Workforce?

SGF Business Insider – November 2021: How Do We Build the Health Care Workforce? This month we look at a unique program that is allowing our region to begin addressing the issue of workforce shortages in the health care industry. It’s the University of Missouri’s Springfield Clinical Campus. This partnership between Mizzou, Missouri State University,…

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Listening to small businesses about pandemic struggles, solutions

Listening to small businesses about pandemic struggles, solutions Springfield small businesses were able to share feedback on challenges they have faced as well as what role the state can play to support small business recovery during the Springfield stop of the Show Me Strong Recovery Listening Session held October 14 at the Chamber. The Show…

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SGF Business Insider – September 2021: How Do You Lead a School District?

SGF Business Insider – September 2021: How Do You Lead a School District? Dr. Grenita Lathan was named superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in early 2021 and took the reins of the district in July. Chamber President Matt Morrow had the chance to sit down with her and talk to her on a wide range…

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Economic Outlook points to continued growth and consumer demand

Economic Outlook points to continued growth and consumer demand Experts predict that the economy, both nationally and in our region, will continue to rebound from the effects of the pandemic, though uncertainty also remains – related to both inflation and the virus itself. Two of those experts were the featured speakers at the SBDC’s Economic…

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Partnering with efactory, Missouri SBDC at MSU to launch “Supercharge Southwest Missouri”

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?

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

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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SGF Business Insider – June 2021: How Do We Learn from Peer Cities?

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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