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Positioning our region for tech growth

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 07, 2019

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.

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First-year representatives offer perspectives from the Capitol

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 07, 2019

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.

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Legislative session brings major workforce, education success

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 29, 2019

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.

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Steve Edwards: Homegrown and giving back to Springfield

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 28, 2019

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.

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Mostly Serious receives 2019 Small Business Award

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 22, 2019

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.

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Getting the most from your Facebook marketing dollar

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 03, 2019

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.

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A new perspective on the emerging workforce

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 03, 2019

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.

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Small Business Spotlight - May 2019: Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Adventure Park

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 03, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight organization for May, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Adventure Park!

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A statewide effort to advocate for workforce and infrastructure

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 01, 2019

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.

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Helping members understand the story of economic development

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 25, 2019

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.

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Springfield region attracts multimillion-dollar expansion from global food ingredients supplier

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 22, 2019

IsoAge Technologies, a natural and sustainable food ingredient manufacturer, is expanding its local presence. 

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The Network takes on advocacy role at city, state level

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 19, 2019

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.

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Thank you for supporting Springfield’s streets and schools

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 05, 2019

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. 

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House Minority Leader calls for bipartisanship, willingness to work together

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 05, 2019

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.

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SBDC Annual Report highlights enhanced approach to economic development

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 04, 2019

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.

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Chamber announces finalists for 2019 Small Business Award

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 03, 2019

The Chamber is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Small Business Award.

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Small Business Spotlight - April 2019: Classic Rock Coffee Co. and Kitchen

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 03, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for April, Classic Rock Coffee Co. and Kitchen!

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Parsons visit Chamber to tout Jobs for America’s Graduates, ask for business help

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 27, 2019

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.

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Honoring inspirational women through the ATHENA Award

Posted by Anastasiya Gulak on Mar 22, 2019

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.

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Connecting teachers with workforce opportunities for students

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 22, 2019

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.

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Biz Blitz returns for a third year of speed networking

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 04, 2019

One of our most popular new events – Biz Blitz – is returning for its third year in 2019.

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Small Business Spotlight - March 2019: Dynamic DNA Laboratories

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 04, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for March, Dynamic DNA Labs!

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Vote yes for streets and schools on April 2

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 01, 2019

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.

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Connecting with state leaders, both here and in the Capitol

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

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.

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Chamber encourages support for Council, School Board candidates

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

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. 

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GO CAPS looks to continue growth in 2019-2020

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

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.

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The importance of loving your community and creating quality places

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 27, 2019

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.

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