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Announcing the Chamber’s new talent retention coordinator The Chamber is pleased to announce the hire of Tori Reaves as Talent Retention Coordinator in the Chamber’s economic development department. Her first day on the job was June 7. In her new role, Reaves will act as staff liaison and coordinator for The Network for Young Professionals,…

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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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SGForum returns in person to go “beyond the blueprint” The Network for Young Professionals held its third annual edition of the SGForum on June 11 at the Gillioz Theatre. The half-day forum marked the first return to in-person events for the YP group, and more than 200 Springfield-area young professionals took advantage of the opportunity…

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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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SGF Business Insider – May 2021: How Are We Developing Skills Training that Leads to Quality Jobs? Every region in the country is competing to be the place businesses want to choose when they decide to grow and add jobs. But jumping to the top of the list requires a commitment to skills training and…

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The Network celebrates a new year and new leaders The Network kicked off the new year by hosting its annual New Year, New Leaders event on January 14. Members got the chance to hear from the new Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the Committee Chair of The Network. This year, the group…

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Announcing Chamber leadership for 2021 The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new members of its Board of Directors for 2021. These seven board members will serve three-year terms on the board, having been nominated by the Directors Nominating Committee earlier this fall and submitted to the general membership for approval.…

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SGForum 2020 lets YPs be a part of the story SGForum 2020 was definitely one for the books! With nearly 500 joining the event virtually, The Network for Young Professionals provided professional, personal and community development through a variety of sessions, and talked all about the power of storytelling. The day began with a keynote…

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Public leadership through a crisis 2020 has been a difficult year for a variety of reasons – the ongoing pandemic, social unrest and much more. But it’s also an election year, and divisiveness seems more prevalent than ever, which can lead people to lose hope in leaders and feel uncertain about the future. The Network…

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YPs discuss making a difference in the community Even in the midst of COVID-19 – or perhaps even more so because of COVID-19 – Springfield-area young professionals want to know how they can make an impact. A recent survey of members of The Network for Young Professionals found that they wanted to learn more about…

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