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ATHENA: An afternoon of gratitude and empowering messages When the Chamber handed out the third annual ATHENA Award on March 4, honoree Francine Pratt was quick to tell the sold-out crowd of more than 400 that being in front of large groups is not her first choice. “I hope I don’t offend anyone, but it…

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Accessing untapped resources to find great employees With the historically low unemployment rate and more job openings than job seekers, many employers are having a harder time than ever finding the right person to add to their staff. At the Chamber’s 60 Minutes to Success event on February 19, presenters offered a rapid-fire look at…

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Beginning a new century of Chamber history Recapping a successful year is reason enough to bring together Chamber members and volunteer leaders. But at the Chamber’s 2020 Annual Meeting on January 31, the focus was on more than just the past year; it was on the past 100 years – and the next 100 as…

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Louis Griesemer named 2020 Springfieldian A desire to quietly lead by example and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge are the qualities most commonly used to describe Louis Griesemer. Those qualities, along with a lifetime of achievements and dedication to our community, were celebrated on January 31 as the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce presented Griesemer…

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Get your Annual Passes today! Have you picked up an Annual Pass for 2020? If not, what are you waiting for? An Annual Pass offers numerous advantages over buying event tickets individually – you get a discounted rate along with the convenience of paying one time to get into all the events in the series,…

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Growing and developing the culture of your company As companies look at ways to grow, part of the process is finding and retaining the right people – and one of the keys to success is fostering the right company culture. Three local business leaders discussed how their organizations are doing just that during the November…

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Harnessing the power of video online The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC says the average American now spends nearly 24 hours per week online – nearly triple the amount from 20 years ago. And Cisco predicts that by 2022, more than four-fifths of all consumer Internet traffic will consist of online video.…

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A small token of appreciation for first responders The backbone of our community’s safety is our First Responders – the police, firefighters, emergency medical professionals and 911 operators who work tirelessly each day to protect us from harm. The Chamber was privileged to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women at our annual First…

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Welcome to our new online home! We’d like to welcome you to our new online home. We’ve put a lot of work into trying to develop a website that is more user-friendly, easier to navigate and still provides all the tools and information you’ve come to expect from the Chamber. We hope we’ve hit the…

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