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Tackling the concept of international growth

Tackling the concept of international growth Organizations are always looking for ways to grow, but the idea of international growth can be daunting. For CEO and founder of Integrated Trade Finance LLC (ITC) Jeffrey Kamins, however, there is no choice but to get competitive by getting your business into the foreign market – and it…

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SGForum empowers YPs to improve themselves and their community

SGForum empowers YPs to improve themselves and their community The Network for Young Professionals prides itself on being one of the area’s premier organizations for YPs to advance their careers, fill leadership roles in the community and build relationships. So when the idea was put forward to hold a half-day forum to help members find…

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Health care leaders talk access and employee impact

Health care leaders talk access and employee impact There’s no denying the important role health care plays in the Springfield region’s economy, and its role in recruiting and retaining employees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that nearly 36,000 people have jobs tied directly to health care in our 10-county region, working in more…

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Positioning our region for tech growth

Positioning our region for tech growth Missouri in general, and southwest Missouri in particular, are in the midst of a technology industry boom that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. That’s the news from the Technology 2030 Report, commissioned by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry and released at a recent conference in…

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First-year representatives offer perspectives from the Capitol

First-year representatives offer perspectives from the Capitol John Black and Craig Fishel each have decades of experience in the Springfield business community – Black as an attorney with both City Utilities and Missouri State University, Fishel as the owner of his own business for more than three decades. But when the Missouri Legislature began its…

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Legislative session brings major workforce, education success

Legislative session brings major workforce, education success The 2019 Missouri legislative session, which ended May 18, was ultimately successful for several important Chamber priorities. After long hours and hard work, numerous critical business issues crossed the finish line this year. Workforce and economic development The Chamber worked with lawmakers and partners from around the state…

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Steve Edwards: Homegrown and giving back to Springfield

Steve Edwards: Homegrown and giving back to Springfield Steve Edwards was destined to be the CEO of CoxHealth. As he told the young professionals who gathered on May 21 for the latest edition of The Network’s CEO Series, he was raised in Springfield – by a family of health care professionals, no less, including a…

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Mostly Serious receives 2019 Small Business Award

Mostly Serious receives 2019 Small Business Award During its annual event on May 8, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced Mostly Serious as the recipient of the 2019 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. More than 400 Chamber members were on hand at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center for the luncheon event to…

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Getting the most from your Facebook marketing dollar

Getting the most from your Facebook marketing dollar For many small businesses and small business owners, marketing on Facebook is a simple process. You have your company’s Facebook page, and you post regularly about what’s going on with your business … occasionally you might spend a few dollars to boost one of your posts if…

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A new perspective on the emerging workforce

A new perspective on the emerging workforce As employers try to attract, develop and retain new employees to the Springfield region, one of the keys to success will be figuring out how to engage students while they’re still in school. That was the focus of the first program in the Chamber’s 2019 Workforce Event Series,…

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