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When Gov. Mike Parson offer the keynote address at the Chamber’s second annual State of the State event on July 31, he touted unprecedented successes in workforce development and infrastructure, and looked to build on those achievements.
The SBDC presents its annual Economic Outlook event on August 21, designed to provide insight on current trends in the local, regional and national economies for Springfield’s business decision-makers.
At the Chamber’s Annual Member Lunch on July 26, the feeling was one of celebration – of accomplishments so far in 2019, of our 100 years of history, and of what we can accomplish together in the future.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for August, Paragon Architecture!
Sandy Crawford and Sonya Anderson have always been highly informed and cared deeply about the topics that affected them – traits that didn’t go unnoticed by colleagues who encouraged them to run, as they told those that gathered at the Chamber on July 12 for the Public Policy Speaker Series.
Anyone who thinks only “seasoned veterans” of the political world are making a difference at the state and federal level must not have attended The Network for Young Professionals’ Access to the Issues event on July 17.
Hospitality, partnership, and collaboration were the focus of the day and the key takeaways for attendees on the Chamber’s day-trip to Fort Leonard Wood on July 9.
Knowing how to interpret your organization’s financial data is key to long-term fiscal stability … but it can also be one of the most daunting and difficult parts of business operations.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for July, Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP, CPAs!
As the GO CAPS program continues to grow, one issue remains: how to reach more students about all the variety of career options available to them. That’s where the GO CAPS teacher externship comes in.
The idea of international growth can be daunting, but as presenters at the June 21 meeting of the International Business Council noted, getting competitive by getting your business into the foreign market all starts with financing.
When The Network had the idea to hold a half-day forum to help members find new ways to develop their skills and to help their community, enthusiasm was high – and the theme was readily apparent.
There’s no denying the important role health care plays in the Springfield region’s economy, and its role in recruiting and retaining employees.
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.
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.
Check out this month's Small Business Spotlight organization, Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Springfield!
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.
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.