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Connecting members with decision makers

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2016

Providing access to government leaders helps members engage on the issues that matter most. March was a good month for making connections as two key lawmakers visited the Chamber.

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Mid-session legislative recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 04, 2016

As the Missouri General Assembly reaches the midway point of the 2016 session, here is a look at what has been accomplished and what is still on the agenda. 

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Making the case for better roads

Chamber members and delegates making their voices heard in Jefferson City
Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

Members of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee traveled to Jefferson City March 16 to meet with key decision makers and present a simple message: Infrastructure investment can be the difference when competing for jobs and business investment.

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Employee education: What's it worth?

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

In their quest to attract and retain talented employees, companies consider many options. One getting increased attention is support for education and professional development.

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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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Video: How can we make our business events more fun?

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 23, 2016

This week Chamber member The Gig Bureau shares best practices on how to liven up events.

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Member Spotlight: Neighbor's Mill

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 18, 2016

The demand for artisan products is on the rise, and one popular Arkansas bakery has selected Springfield as its newest location.

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To find a true leader

2016 Springfieldian Video
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 15, 2016

They tower above most of us, those who have been honored as “Springfieldians.” Here’s your chance to see a leader who inspires others to dream more and do more. 

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Vote YES twice without raising taxes

Vote Yes on April 5 on both issues
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 11, 2016

Two questions on the April 5 ballot will lead to better roadways and other improvements—if voters approve their renewal. Best part? No tax increase. 

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See who the Chamber is backing on April 5

Posted by Unknown on Mar 11, 2016

Video: Do we really need a mobile friendly website?

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 09, 2016

This week Chamber member Wehrenberg Design Company explains the value of a mobile-friendly website for your business.

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Meet our endorsed school board candidates

Springfield School Board endorsed candidates
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 03, 2016

Learn more about the candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education endorsed by the Chamber.

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How The Network gives young professionals an edge

Young Professionals
Posted by Paige Oxendine on Mar 03, 2016

Future CEOs, elected officials and community leaders are the young professionals of today. Members of The Network are building relationships that will pay off years from now. Read more.

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Our best intel comes from existing businesses

Existing Business Support Program
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 03, 2016

Face-to-face visits with business executives and CEOs provided our economic development staff with insights and information available no where else.

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Video: Making a profit, but don't have any money?

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 24, 2016

This week, Chamber member Springfield Business  & Technology Development Center shares tips on mastering cash flow analysis.

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Chamber launches plan of action for 2016

Chamber Chairman Debbie Shantz Hart
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

At our annual meeting Jan. 29, Chamber chairman Debbie Shantz Hart encouraged Springfield to “lead with our strengths.” She and the board of directors have outlined that kind of action plan for the year. See where our priorities lie.

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Our advocacy work is like a megaphone

Legislators Luncheon
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

In its role as the voice of business, the Chamber and its public affairs team amplify the concerns of our members. So far in this new year, our volunteers and staff have met with lawmakers in Jefferson City, interviewed candidates for Springfield School Board, and started work to support two April ballot issues. 

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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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Video: Small Business Insider

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 04, 2016

This week, Chamber member Think Digital explains the key ingredient needed for launching a new business service or product line.

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Chamber membership ROI

Member Briefing
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

Are you getting the highest return on investment (ROI) from your Chamber membership? If you belong to one of the nearly 300 business and professional organizations that joined in our October membership event, or if you’re a long time member, maybe it’s time to see if you’re using all the options available.

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Better roadways, no additional cost

Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

In April, Springfield voters will decide whether to continue two sales tax provisions aimed at better roadways, including street resurfacing, improved intersections and school sidewalks. Your Chamber board has voted to support these issues.

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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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Businesses open for career exploration

GO CAPS_Health care strand
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

The sooner a high school student can start “test driving” career options, the more confident she or he will be entering the chosen workplace. For this reason, GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies) has seen businesses step forward to help in many ways. 

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Member Spotlight: Missouri Sun Solar

Posted by Chamber Staff on Jan 11, 2016

The solar industry is working to establish a sustainable energy future and Missouri Sun Solar is leading the way. CEO Caleb Arthur was just elected president of a statewide industry group.

 

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Video: Too busy to stay organized? (2B Organized)

Posted by Chamber Staff on Jan 10, 2016

This week Chamber member 2B Organized shares a tip on how to stay organized when you are busy.

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Video: Five steps to improve time management

Posted by Chamber Staff on Jan 10, 2016

This week Chamber member Sherry Coker shares steps you can take to improve your time management within your organization.

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Get your 2016 Annual Passes!

Posted by Unknown on Dec 14, 2015

• Receive a discounted rate and the convenience of a one-time charge
• With an annual pass, there is no need for advance registration every month
• When you can't attend, give your pass to someone else within your company 

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New company to create 200 Springfield jobs

project announcement
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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