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April 3 marked a significant victory for efforts to grow our region’s skilled workforce and fuel job creation, as two ballot initiatives requested by Ozarks Technical Community College were both successful at the polls in their seven-county taxation district.
The first installment of the Chamber’s 2018 Public Policy Speaker Series brought one of the most influential, and yet most familiar, Missourians back to Springfield on March 26: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
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.
The struggle for today’s businesses to grow and prosper often centers around finding and keeping the right mix of talented, motivated employees. That's part of the reason why the Chamber created the Workforce Event Series, which kicked off March 22.
The move to the Senate has been a change for Sandy Crawford, as she told the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee when she visited on March 20 during the General Assembly’s spring break.
Roughly 20 nominees were on the list for the reintroduced ATHENA Award, and while they were all deserving names, there’s no arguing with the judges’ selection of the 2018 honoree.
More than 100 Chamber members recently learned much more about applying best practices to their Facebook content and advertising when using the social platform to communicate about their business.
The Chamber is endorsing two propositions for OTC that will be on the April 3 ballot to help fund crucially important programs for our region's education and workforce development needs.
Check out our March 2018 Small Business Spotlight company, Century 21 Integrity Group!
More than 40 of the teachers who participated in last summer’s GO CAPS Teacher Externship program recently reconnected for the Winter Summit to interact with business partners, listen to industry leaders and discuss how they're using what they’ve learned.
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 Governmental Relations Committee hosted its first lawmaker of the 2018 session on February 2, when Rep. Curtis Trent returned from Jefferson City to offer an update on progress made thus far this year.
A long history of community service, business success and dedication to the betterment of Springfield come to mind when thinking of Sam Hamra, the recipient of the 2018 Springfieldian award.
Check out our February 2018 Small Business Spotlight company, John Marion Custom Homes, LLC!
The Springfield region had the chance to communicate directly with legislators and officeholders from across the state when our Springfield Metro Partners and many local volunteers traveled to Jefferson City on January 24 for Advocacy Day and the Springfield Regional Salute to Legislators reception.
Chamber members celebrated a year of accomplishments at our Annual Meeting on January 26, while volunteer leadership set an optimistic tone for the future.
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.
The Network for Young Professionals turned 10 recently, and as most of us do around our 10th birthday, the group is going through some changes. The most visible change: its new brand.
January brings the beginning of the new state legislative session – and the chance for the Chamber’s volunteer leaders to connect with our local legislative delegation about the issues most important to our members.
As the calendar turns to 2018, the Chamber is already hard at work preparing for what this year’s legislative session holds in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C.
Good Morning, Springfield and Business After Hours are two of the Chamber’s longest-standing and most popular monthly events. And the best way to ensure your spot at these highly anticipated events is to buy an annual pass.
Check out our first Small Business Spotlight company of 2018, Maxon Fine Jewelry!
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.