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SBDC Annual Report highlights enhanced approach to economic development

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 04, 2019

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.

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Chamber announces finalists for 2019 Small Business Award

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 03, 2019

The Chamber is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Small Business Award.

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Small Business Spotlight - April 2019: Classic Rock Coffee Co. and Kitchen

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 03, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for April, Classic Rock Coffee Co. and Kitchen!

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Parsons visit Chamber to tout Jobs for America’s Graduates, ask for business help

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 27, 2019

One key to preparing students for success is removing any substantial barriers to graduation. That’s the stated goal of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program, which Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson were in Springfield on March 13 to highlight.

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Honoring inspirational women through the ATHENA Award

Posted by Anastasiya Gulak on Mar 22, 2019

The Chamber proudly recognized Morey Mechlin with the 2019 ATHENA Award for her distinct leadership attributes – and those that make her an inspiration to other exceptional leaders in our community.

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Connecting teachers with workforce opportunities for students

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 22, 2019

The GO CAPS Teacher Externship is gearing up for the fifth summer of the program, and no company is too small or too unique to add value – and personally benefit from – the externship program.

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Biz Blitz returns for a third year of speed networking

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 04, 2019

One of our most popular new events – Biz Blitz – is returning for its third year in 2019.

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Small Business Spotlight - March 2019: Dynamic DNA Laboratories

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 04, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for March, Dynamic DNA Labs!

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Vote yes for streets and schools on April 2

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 01, 2019

When voters head to the polls in Springfield on April 2, two important fiscal issues will be on the ballot, and both deserve your support.

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Connecting with state leaders, both here and in the Capitol

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

One of the main reasons state decision makers turn to the Chamber is because we are consistent and diligent in voicing your priorities – and that diligence was on display throughout the month of February.

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Chamber encourages support for Council, School Board candidates

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

In addition to the important issues to be decided on the April 2 ballot, numerous individual candidates seeking election or re-election to Springfield City Council or to the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education have been endorsed by the Chamber. 

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GO CAPS looks to continue growth in 2019-2020

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 28, 2019

As the GO CAPS program prepares for its fifth year, it's trying to find new ways to measure its success so far, and to see where it can grow.

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The importance of loving your community and creating quality places

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 27, 2019

The value of loving cities formed the main message from the keynote speaker at the SBDC’s Annual Meeting: For the Love of Springfield. Nationally recognized author and community development consultant Peter Kageyama brought that message to the 450 in attendance on February 21 at University Plaza.

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A look at history, and a look to the future

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 04, 2019

Chamber members helped us celebrate a milestone anniversary, as well as a year of accomplishments, at our Annual Meeting on January 25, while our volunteer leaders helped us reflect on the past and look to the future. 

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Small Business Spotlight - February 2019: SMOJS Security

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 04, 2019

Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for February 2019, SMOJS Security!

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Gordon Kinne named 2019 Springfieldian

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 31, 2019

A dedication to his community, his family and his business were celebrated on January 25, when the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce named Gordon Kinne the recipient of the 2019 Springfieldian award.

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Turning love of community into community growth

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 31, 2019

The Springfield Business Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting is fast approaching, and this year’s event will highlight the organization’s emphasis on quality of place in fostering economic growth.

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New leaders offer new insights for a new year

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 16, 2019

The Network kicked off 2019 by introducing roughly 100 of its members to their chairman for the new year, as well as the chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

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Discussing Chamber priorities with the local legislative delegation

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 14, 2019

January 11 was, in the words of Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Childs, a "signature opportunity" for a conversation between state legislators and leaders of the Springfield business community.

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New year, new focus on commercial land for development

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 04, 2019

The Springfield Business Development Corporation and its community partners are focused on making the Springfield region a desirable place for existing businesses to expand and for new businesses to locate, and one key is having the right buildings and land available for development.

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Preparing for the 2019 legislative session

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 03, 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be a busy one in Jefferson City – and leadership from the Springfield area will be right in the thick of the action.

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Opportunities to learn and network in 2019

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 02, 2019

One of the biggest benefits to Chamber membership is the chance to participate in our many educational and networking events throughout the year. And in the new year, there will be plenty of opportunities!

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Small Business Spotlight - January 2019: SpringNet Broadband

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 02, 2019

Check out our first Small Business Spotlight company of 2019, SpringNet Broadband!

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Making the case for college students to live in Springfield after graduation

Posted by Chamber Communications on Dec 19, 2018

One of the goals of The Network for Young Professionals has been to retain college students in this area after graduation. Recently, the group’s Student Outreach Task Force has taken a more aggressive approach to their efforts.

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Small Business Spotlight - December 2018: Ozark Fence & Supply Co., LLC

Posted by Chamber Communications on Dec 18, 2018

Check out our final Small Business Spotlight company for 2018, Ozark Fence & Supply Co.!

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