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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 - and the Chamber is working to help tell that story.
When the Missouri Legislature began its 2019 session, two experienced Springfield-area businessmen - John Black and Craig Fishel - were among the newbies in the Capitol, part of the freshman class of legislators beginning their first year in office.
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.
As he told the young professionals who gathered on May 21 for the latest edition of The Network’s CEO Series, Steve Edwards was raised by a family of health care professionals, and he planned his career so thoroughly that he envisioned being offered the CEO position at CoxHealth at age 46 … which is exactly what happened.
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.
While boosting the occasional Facebook post might be enough for many companies, the experts from Mostly Serious visited the Chamber in late April to talk about why some might be missing out on opportunities to reach new potential customers using tools Facebook already offers for free.
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.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight organization for May, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Adventure Park!
Members of the Chamber staff are in the Capitol every week, advocating on behalf of the business community’s top priorities. But sometimes, hearing directly from business leaders and job creators is the most effective way to carry the message.
Part of the Chamber's effort to help companies create jobs in our community includes helping the public understand the state of the local economic environment, and the process by which we encourage businesses to invest here.
IsoAge Technologies, a natural and sustainable food ingredient manufacturer, is expanding its local presence.
Springfield’s young professionals often tout their ability to be heard and have a seat at the table as one of our city’s biggest assets. They made that ability abundantly clear in two recent events – one here at the Chamber and one in the state Capitol.
On April 2, Springfield-area voters helped the City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools take significant steps forward by approving two ballot initiatives to help with funding for important future projects.
When she visited the Chamber on March 29 to offer a mid-session legislative update to the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee, Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade offered an update on Chamber priorities as well as a straight-forward but troubling message: Partisanship has intensified in the Capitol this session.
Conventional wisdom has said that if communities focus primarily on creating new jobs, those jobs will attract more people and make the community a desirable place to live and work. With the new realty of a national worker shortage, and the need for commercial real estate options, this blueprint no longer works well, which is why the SBDC has expanded its focus to include placemaking and real estate.
The Chamber is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Small Business Award.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for April, Classic Rock Coffee Co. and Kitchen!
One key to preparing students for success is removing any substantial barriers to graduation. That’s the stated goal of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program, which Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson were in Springfield on March 13 to highlight.
The Chamber proudly recognized Morey Mechlin with the 2019 ATHENA Award for her distinct leadership attributes – and those that make her an inspiration to other exceptional leaders in our community.
The GO CAPS Teacher Externship is gearing up for the fifth summer of the program, and no company is too small or too unique to add value – and personally benefit from – the externship program.
One of our most popular new events – Biz Blitz – is returning for its third year in 2019.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for March, Dynamic DNA Labs!
When voters head to the polls in Springfield on April 2, two important fiscal issues will be on the ballot, and both deserve your support.
One of the main reasons state decision makers turn to the Chamber is because we are consistent and diligent in voicing your priorities – and that diligence was on display throughout the month of February.
In addition to the important issues to be decided on the April 2 ballot, numerous individual candidates seeking election or re-election to Springfield City Council or to the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education have been endorsed by the Chamber.
As the GO CAPS program prepares for its fifth year, it's trying to find new ways to measure its success so far, and to see where it can grow.
The value of loving cities formed the main message from the keynote speaker at the SBDC’s Annual Meeting: For the Love of Springfield. Nationally recognized author and community development consultant Peter Kageyama brought that message to the 450 in attendance on February 21 at University Plaza.