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SBDC Annual Meeting highlights area growth, changing business environment

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 13, 2017

During the SBDC Annual Meeting on February 8, attendees heard about several high points for the year, as well as information about how the world of communication is changing for businesses.

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Another group of new companies gets an eFactory boost

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 01, 2017

Following up on the success of its first group of startup companies, the eFactory’s Accelerator initiative has announced the second group of entrepreneurs that will be participating in the program.

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Food processors talk about regulatory issues, workforce needs

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 13, 2016

The Springfield region has always had strong agricultural roots, and the area's agribusinesses were on full display during the 2016 Manufacturing Outlook, held at University Plaza on December 7.

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Manufacturing Outlook to focus on food processing

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Nov 21, 2016

The Chamber has chosen the food manufacturing sector as the focus of our 2016 Manufacturing Outlook event.

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For The eFactory Accelerator, a conclusion means a new beginning

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Nov 01, 2016

The first group of four participating companies in The eFactory’s Accelerator program made their pitches during Demo Day on October 24. The program’s organizers say they’re proud of what the companies have accomplished … and they’re looking for more startups that could use a boost.

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Vital Farms lauds Springfield region's development-ready sites, coordinated approach

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 05, 2016

When Vital Farms chose the Springfield region for its new facility, the company noted the city’s development-ready sites and its coordinated approach, as well as its central geography, skilled workforce and access to transportation.

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Springfield region remains bright spot in steady economy

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Sep 02, 2016

At the Economic Outlook event on August 24, two speakers from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis told more than 200 business leaders that the national economy continues on its steady yet somewhat uninspiring growth track, though the Springfield area continues to outperform many of its neighbors.

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Accelerator program connects startups with funding and guidance

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 29, 2016

The Chamber—along with its development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation—have worked tirelessly with community and business leaders to help create and fund programs aimed at addressing entrepreneurial gaps. One such program was started earlier this year: The eFactory Accelerator, which has selected its first four participants. 

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PIC West groundbreaking signals continued manufacturing strength

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 28, 2016

A July 15 groundbreaking ceremony at Partnership Industrial Center West (PIC West) is a strong indicator of continued positive movement in the manufacturing industry and the overall southwest Missouri economy.

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Springfield Region website relaunch unveils new regional marketing look

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jul 01, 2016

The Springfield Region has a remodeled online presence, thanks to a marketing campaign spearheaded by the Chamber’s economic development staff team and a local creative company.


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A carnival for young professionals

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2016

When The Network – the Chamber’s young professionals group – gathered June 3 to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, they were in for quite a party.

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New jobs, larger footprint for SRC Logistics

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 25, 2016

SRC Logistics, Inc., a subsidiary of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation, is expanding within its Springfield facility, creating up to 50 new jobs with competitive benefits.

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We're on the right track to encourage business expansion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

Economic developers are taking the temperature of Springfield and Missouri to determine their health as nurturers of growth, and what they’re finding is good news. 

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MoDOT director visits Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 13, 2016

New MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna made his first official Springfield visit April 13 to offer a view of the state transportation landscape. 

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Preparing to win: the back story on the Kraft Heinz expansion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

Kraft Heinz has decided to expand its Springfield facility, due in part to the preparations by the region's economic development leaders.

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SBDC tracks economic development gains

SBDC 2015 Annual Report
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

The Springfield Business Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Chamber, made significant progress in the past year. Notably, the SBDC completed 10 projects resulting in 516 new jobs, $22.7 million in new payroll and $59.2 million in new capital investment.

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Charlie Cook analyzes all things political

Charlie Cook, editor, the Cook Report
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, analyzed America's political climate Feb. 3 when he headlined the SBDC annual meeting. 

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New company to create 200 Springfield jobs

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Posted by Chamber Staff on Nov 20, 2015

Springfield's quality workforce is a major factor in a Minnesota company's decision to open a new call center here that will create 200 full time jobs. FLS Connect, a political communication and fundraising company, is already hiring for available positions, including management staff. The center is scheduled to open Dec. 1.

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New high-tech jobs come to downtown Springfield

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 12, 2015

The first floor of the Heer’s Building will soon be buzzing with people and activity for the first time since 1993, thanks to the commitment of a medical software company, the combined efforts of Springfield’s Partnership for Economic Development, and a $15 million redevelopment project.

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GO CAPS students kick off the school year

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 11, 2015

More than 150 students, parents and business partners flooded rooms at CoxHealth and Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation for the launch of the GO CAPS school year.

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Springfield named leader in manufacturing revival

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 11, 2015

Springfield ranked as the sixth best mid-sized city in the nation for manufacturing job growth according to a new study released by NewGeography.com.

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Company chooses Springfield for new facility

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 07, 2015

One of the largest tire distributors in the Midwest began operations at a new facility in Springfield earlier this month. Find out what sealed the deal.

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Business and higher ed talks lead to new course at Ozarks Technical Community College

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 07, 2015

Find out what prompted the Center for Workforce Development at Ozarks Technical Community College to develop a new course within its welding credit program.

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Teachers learn a thing or two from area businesses

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 10, 2015

See what 11 school districts, 23 businesses, 31 teachers and your Chamber are doing next week to build a better workforce.

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SBDC helps land new American Airlines service

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jul 09, 2015

The airport's value isn't just in its runways and planes, but also in the economic development opportunities it connects us to each day. Here's why the Chamber's economic development arm helped establish service from Springfield to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Fed study shows Springfield businesses are generally optimistic

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 09, 2015

On June 29, regional economist Charles Gascon discussed themes from the survey of more than 100 area businesses, as well as highlights from the Fed's economic analysis of the region. See what else the study revealed.

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Series: Making room for economic growth

Posted by Ryan Mooney on Jun 12, 2015

To enable our community to stay in the running for a new company or a competitive expansion, there have to be real estate options, and they must be turn-key. But what exactly does that mean?

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Manufacturer announces $7M expansion, 65 new jobs

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jun 04, 2015

Digital Monitoring Products announced during its 40th anniversary celebration today that the company plans to create 65 new jobs and invest approximately $7 million at its facility in Springfield’s Partnership Industrial Center.

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Springfield named top city to start a business

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 11, 2015

Springfield is the 3rd best city in the nation to start a business and the top city when it comes to accessing resources for startups, says a study published by personal finance site WalletHub.

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GO CAPS announces program offerings for 2015-2016

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

The Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies began enrolling students and is looking to hire staff for its first two course strands which will begin this fall.

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