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Business and education leaders highlight Fast Track as a “game-changing” workforce program

Business and education leaders highlight Fast Track as a “game-changing” workforce program The September edition of Good Morning, Springfield! featured a deep dive into the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant, providing a chance to highlight this workforce grant program and one way for community and business leaders to address the number one challenge facing business…

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Connecting teachers to employers helps develop tomorrow’s talent

Connecting teachers to employers helps develop tomorrow’s talent A strategic piece of developing the young talent in our region is ensuring their educators have a strong grasp of the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers in the Springfield area. As part of the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) initiative, teachers…

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Driven by a mission to serve others

Driven by a mission to serve others On June 20, The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals hosted the latest edition of their CEO series, featuring Dr. Grenita Lathan, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools (SPS). Interviewed by 2022 Network Chair, Dee King, Dr. Lathan talked about her first year living and working in the Springfield community.…

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Improving the hiring process to reach more applicants

Improving the hiring process to reach more applicants The Chamber recently hosted its second edition of the 2022 60 Minutes to Success series and the topic focused on finding the “hidden worker”. The panel discussion was moderated by the city’s Director of Workforce Development, Sally Payne. The panel included: Dr. James Kaatz from Missouri State…

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Encouraging Springfield YPs to keep dreaming

Encouraging Springfield YPs to keep dreaming Dream for yourself. Dream for our community. Dream for your career. Dream big or go home. At the 2022 edition of SGForum, presented on June 17 by The Network for Young Professionals, the focus was on dreams – how to build them, and how to make them reality. More…

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Small Business Council chair talks about leading with passion

Small Business Council chair talks about leading with passion On May 24, The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals hosted the second event in its 2022 CEO series. YPs heard from Linda Daugherty, chief operating officer of Academy of Hair Design & BeVelle Barber School. In an interview conducted by Network Chair Dee King, Linda talked…

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Connecting businesses with those who are teaching tomorrow’s workforce

Connecting businesses with those who are teaching tomorrow’s workforce The Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) connects high school students with information and hands-on experience related to the wide range of potential employment options available to them in the Springfield area after their school days are done. But the program also provides…

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SGF Business Insider – April 2022: How Do You Find Hidden Workers?

SGF Business Insider – April 2022: How Do You Find Hidden Workers? In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Joseph Fuller. Fuller is a professor with the Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and they talked about addressing workforce issues. Specifically, they discussed research Fuller and his…

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Helping businesses consider the shift to remote work

Helping businesses consider the shift to remote work The pandemic changed many things about the way businesses operate. Some changes were temporary responses to the immediate circumstance, but others likely will have staying power. One of those changes that will likely be around for the long haul is the shift some employees and employers have…

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GO CAPS prepares for Year Eight

GO CAPS prepares for Year Eight The 2022-2023 school year will be the eighth for the GO CAPS program, and there are still plenty of chances for high school students around the region to participate in this exciting opportunity. GO CAPS – the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies – is serving 99 Springfield students this…

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