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The national economy is currently strong, and it will remain strong through at least the end of 2019, according to the keynote speaker at the SBDC’s recent Economic Outlook - but Springfield needs to be prepared to grow and compete with similar communities for workforce.
The second event in the Chamber’s Outlook Series of economic development events will focus on the economy, and where it may be heading.
The Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, have received a Communications Excellence Best in Show award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Springfield-based wireless communication services company Russell Cellular is expanding to accommodate more than two decades of growth. The exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility in Battlefield, creating 135 new jobs with above-average wages over the next five years.
The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, recently made a presentation to Chamber members and SBDC investors about monetary policy and the economy – and his overall message was one of optimism tinged with caution.
During the Chamber’s annual event on May 2 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, Great River Engineering received the 2018 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.
The Springfield region – like Missouri and the rest of the country – has several positives on the health care horizon, but also faces significant challenges. That was the message from the March 28 Health Care Outlook, the first event in the 2018 Outlook Series.
Exploring the future of Springfield was the focus of the SBDC Annual Meeting on February 15, which showed more than 350 guests project activity in 2017 and looked ahead to what the next year holds for our region.
The Chamber’s economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, is preparing for its flagship annual event, where you’ll learn about economic development activity in the Springfield region and new efforts aimed at shaping our community's future.
According to a panel of industry leaders at the recent Manufacturing Outlook, the Springfield-area manufacturing industry is positioned to make continued advances in technology, wage growth and employee safety – if the community continues to make investments in programs that support workforce development and retention.
The fourth and final event in the SBDC's year-long Outlook series will focus on trends and innovation in one of the area’s largest sectors: manufacturing.
A new and vibrant addition to the Springfield economy is open for business, and company and community leaders were on hand October 18 to cut the ribbon on the new facility.
The third event in the Springfield Business Development Corporation’s Outlook series focused on education and featured four panelists offering their insights on innovation in a rapidly changing world.
A central theme emerged at the 2017 Economic Outlook event on August 23: our region’s economy is strong, but maintaining that strength will require investment in our future.
Missouri State University, the Chamber’s economic development arm, Springfield Business Development Corporation, and The Vecino Group announced in early July that they are exploring the potential for a new development within the IDEA Commons district in downtown Springfield.
One Call Care Management, a leading provider of workers’ compensation care management services, has selected the Springfield region to expand its operations. The Jacksonville, FL-based company is utilizing an existing Springfield building and will create 100 new full-time jobs with benefits by the end of 2017, with additional growth expected in the future.
3M has now officially announced the expansion of manufacturing operations at its Springfield facility, which is expected to create approximately 90 jobs over the next several years and bring $40M in capital to the site.
For the second group of companies in The eFactory’s Accelerator program, May 1 was the culmination of 12 weeks of hard work and the beginning of a new phase of development.
Despite the strength of the health care sector in the Springfield region, the need for unique solutions to health care needs and qualified workers is greater now than it has ever been.
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.
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.
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.
The Chamber has chosen the food manufacturing sector as the focus of our 2016 Manufacturing Outlook event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.