PIC West groundbreaking signals continued manufacturing strength

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 28, 2016

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.

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Chamber advocacy brings state leaders to Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 01, 2016

Numerous state leaders were in Springfield in June to share their stories and field questions from members.

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Springfield Region website relaunch unveils new regional marketing look

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jul 01, 2016

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.


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Fort Wood continues to impact Springfield

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 01, 2016

The officer in charge of Fort Leonard Wood made his first visit to the Chamber on June 23 to offer an update on what is happening at Missouri’s largest military base and its impact on Springfield.


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Attorney General Chris Koster analyzes Missouri government

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 23, 2016

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured guest June 15 during the second installment of the Chamber’s Public Policy Speaker Series, where he discussed issues that impact all Missouri businesses including transportation funding, economic development and educating tomorrow’s workforce.

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Hiring and firing? Avoid legal pitfalls

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 21, 2016

New business owners are often unprepared for the personnel issues that come with having employees. Human resources management can cause headaches and create legal difficulties if not handled properly.

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A carnival for young professionals

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2016

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.

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Possibilities and struggles in trading with Cuba

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 20, 2016

Cuba and its export economy languish at the bottom of the list of world nations but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming the “debutante of the ball.”

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Reflecting on six years in the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 10, 2016

When Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber June 10 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered a look back at six eventful years as representative of the state’s 135th district, covering the eastern portion of Springfield.

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Jump-start your networking over lunch

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 03, 2016

Chamber membership offers the opportunity to make meaningful connections with business peers and prospects. Among these opportunities is the innovative program ConnectForLunch, which provides an environment custom-made for networking.

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Bringing the best, brightest to Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 03, 2016

When the Chamber asked businesses about their most pressing concerns, workforce consistently topped the list. But as the local economy continues to grow, we run into a problem that is both predictable and difficult to prevent: We’re running out of people to hire locally. 

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Why free trade is crucial to economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

The Chamber’s International Business Council brought in the U.S. Chamber’s executive director for international policy on May 17 to present his take on the current environment for international trade and some of his group's international trade and related priorities for 2016.

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New laws and regulations to impact businesses

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

Take a look at how your Chamber is preparing for new DOL overtime rules and look back at the results of this year's Missouri legislative session and what remains on the agenda for 2017. 

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New jobs, larger footprint for SRC Logistics

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 25, 2016

SRC Logistics, Inc., a subsidiary of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation, is expanding within its Springfield facility, creating up to 50 new jobs with competitive benefits.

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Troubled by the new overtime rule?

Posted by Matt Morrow on May 20, 2016

Chamber president Matt Morrow explains how the Chamber can help you prepare for the new overtime regulation.

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Video: What makes a good news release?

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 19, 2016

This week Chamber member Springfield Business Journal explains how a news release can tell your company's story.

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Announcing the Signature Class for Leadership Springfield

Posted by Jamie Fields on May 09, 2016

Leadership Springfield has selected the members of Signature Class 32.

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Teacher externship program gears up for Year Two

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

To prepare students for the working world, teachers need to know what opportunities are available. That's why GO CAPS developed its teacher externship program.

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What's the Chamber doing for you in Jefferson City?

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

The 2016 Missouri legislative session ends May 13, and the Chamber has worked since January to advocate for the priorities of business. 

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We're on the right track to encourage business expansion

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

Economic developers are taking the temperature of Springfield and Missouri to determine their health as nurturers of growth, and what they’re finding is good news. 

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Chamber announces 2016 Small Business Award recipient

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 04, 2016

During our annual event on May 4, the Chamber announced Interactive Dynamics, LLC as the recipient of the 2016 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. 

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Video: Is direct mail still an effective marketing tool?

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 04, 2016

This week, Chamber member Revel Advertising explains how to effectively use direct mail to get sales--in three simple steps.

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Join Us for the 2016 Small Business Award

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 21, 2016

Five area businesses will be honored on May 4 as finalists for the 2016 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. Here's a look at this year's honorees. 

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Video: We're constantly in crisis mode; how do we stop the cycle?

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 20, 2016

This week Chamber member Marlene Chism shares a secret on how we stop the crisis cycle and move ahead.

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MoDOT director visits Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 13, 2016

New MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna made his first official Springfield visit April 13 to offer a view of the state transportation landscape. 

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Year in Review - 2015

Our Chamber, Our Year
Posted by Ann Elwell on Apr 07, 2016

Take a look back at what the Chamber accomplished for its members in 2015.

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Video: What's one thing I can do to improve operations?

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 06, 2016

This week Chamber member Houllahan & Associates tells one key thing you can do to improve business operations.

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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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