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While the City, County and Sheriff’s Department did the work to reach an agreement settling the lawsuit surrounding the transportation and housing of prisoners and the use of the Justice Center, the Chamber was serve behind the scenes in the role of “Trusted Convener” and “Honest Broker.”
It may be the summer, but for nearly 70 teachers in the Springfield area, late June and early July wasn’t a time for vacation – it was time for additional learning and teaching experiences.
Two of the Chamber’s stated goals are to help area businesses and organizations create growth and get connected – so when we’re able to help do both, it’s a double win.
The Chamber’s Public Affairs team is always working to advocate for business interests with local, state and federal legislators. But many members may not be aware of another aspect of the Chamber’s work: regulatory issues.
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.
Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2018 Board of Directors. Once nominations close, this year’s Directors Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees, which will be submitted to the Chamber board for consideration at the regular September meeting. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Monday, August 21.
For those in the business community who have ever wondered how our military institutions operate, or for those that are interested in learning about how they can work with the military in a business capacity, mark August 15 on the calendar.
The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.
Check out our August 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Brokate Janitorial!
Three freshman representatives from the Springfield area visited the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee on June 28 to share their experiences and observations from their first year in Jefferson City. The consensus: There were many challenges to overcome and accomplishments of which to be proud, and there is optimism about what 2018 holds.
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.
As businesses continue to look for ways to address their biggest ongoing challenge – finding, developing and keeping quality, skilled employees – many are looking for ways to encourage employees to continue their education or add new training and certifications.
Nostalgia was on full display at Farmers Park June 9 as The Network for Young Professionals held its second annual Summer Fest.
According to those attending a June 14 roundtable at the Chamber, Missouri faces several challenges in coming years, and few are more pressing than the ongoing shortage of skilled workers - but the state is uniquely positioned to tackle those challenges.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for July, Vietti Marketing!
Leadership Springfield continues to make strides in attracting emerging leaders from the community with the announcements of its newest Signature Classes and Academy Class.
Check out our June 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Tomo Drug Testing!
There are a whole range of ways to support professional development. The Chamber wants to help you learn more about how you can support your employees.
Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's first year as chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee was a challenging one based on the state’s $500 million dollar budget shortfall. Despite tough budget choices for the legislature to make, there were many business successes to point to in the 2017 session.
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.
The 2017 Missouri legislative session ended May 12, and several priorities from the Chamber’s state legislative agenda made it across the finish line, marking a successful year for the state’s business climate.
If you ask companies to identify the biggest potential barrier to growth and optimism, the answer is almost unanimous: access to workers. The GO CAPS Teacher Externship Program brings teachers into the workplace for job shadowing experiences that they can then share with their students.
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.
During the Chamber’s annual event on May 3 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Askinosie Chocolate received the 2017 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.
A recent Chamber event took a new approach to connecting people, letting them meet and share their stories.
Companies looking to do business internationally may be aware that the Springfield-Branson National Airport has been home to a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) for two decades. In fact, until recently, it would have been possible to walk through the airport facility and not even know it was there.
Check out our May 2017 Small Business Spotlight company, Rick's Automotive!
As the Chamber celebrates 25 years of presenting the annual W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award, we’re taking a look back and talking to some of the award recipients about what it has meant to their organizations.