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Resources for creating a more inclusive community The following are Chamber President Matt Morrow’s comments from the June 4 edition of Good Morning, Springfield! I am incredibly proud of our community right now. I’m proud of our citizens for peacefully expressing our shared grief and outrage – and for inspiring much more action needed to…

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A message from the Chamber We know you need to clearly understand what’s required to keep your employees and customers safe as Springfield takes the next step toward recovery. Supporting you is the Chamber’s top priority during this next phase of the crisis, the staged reopening of business and economic activity. While this is unprecedented…

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Supporting our members in a time of crisis Our community is living in unprecedented times, and businesses are operating in uncharted waters. Figuring out how to keep employees and customers safe from the unseen threat is difficult. Figuring out how to keep your business operating through this crisis is an even tougher challenge. Your Chamber…

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Staying informed during a pandemic During the COVID-19 crisis, businesses and employees have faced a whole new series of questions. How long will this last? What does the future hold? Is there help available, and how do I access that help? They have also been inundated with information – from myriad sources, sometimes conflicting or…

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Finding ways to come together, even when separated One of the Chamber’s key functions through the years has been as a “trusted convener” for businesses and employees. We have always worked hard to bring people together and share with them important information to help them grow and prosper. COVID-19 has made that more difficult, as…

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Women in statewide leadership offer their perspective Just a few years ago, if you asked Sandy Crawford about her political ambitions, you might have gotten a quizzical look. “If you told me 10 or 15 years ago that I’d be here today, I’d have said you’re crazy,” said Crawford, a 30-year veteran of the banking…

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Strengthening our connection with Fort Leonard Wood Hospitality, partnership, and collaboration. This was the focus of the day and the key takeaways for attendees on the Chamber’s day-trip to Fort Leonard Wood. On July 9, Chamber members spent the day touring the vast army base strengthen the collaborative partnership between Ft. Wood and the Springfield…

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Getting the edge on understanding financial statements Knowing how to interpret your organization’s financial data is key to long-term fiscal stability … but it can also be one of the most daunting and difficult parts of business operations. During the June 12 edition of Expert Edge – part of the Chamber’s yearlong 60 Minutes to…

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Reaching more students about career options As the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) program prepares to enter its fifth year, the program continues to grow. About 325 students will participate in the program this year from 22 school districts across the area. But one issue remains with the program: how to reach more…

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