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Legislators weigh in on hits and misses from the session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 09, 2015

Members packed the Chamber to hear state Senator Mike Parson and Representative Kevin Austin share their take on what—at least from a Chamber perspective—was one of the strongest legislative sessions in many years.

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Nixon signs legislation to protect businesses, taxpayers

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 09, 2015

A top Chamber priority passed in May and signed by the Governor this week may save your business from being charged thousands of dollars in back taxes.

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Video: 2B Well on managing stress at work

Posted by Brent McCoy on Jun 17, 2015

This week Chamber member 2B Well shares a tip for managing stress at work.

 

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Series: Making room for economic growth

Posted by Ryan Mooney on Jun 12, 2015

To enable our community to stay in the running for a new company or a competitive expansion, there have to be real estate options, and they must be turn-key. But what exactly does that mean?

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Legislation brings needed health care training programs to Springfield

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 09, 2015

Thanks to the $26 billion budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last month, Springfield will receive $10 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus as well as $1.3 million for occupational therapy and other related programs at Missouri State University.

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Member Spotlight: Marisol International

Posted by Micah Holst on Jun 04, 2015

 

Marisol International provides global logistics and supply chain solutions. Services include worldwide transportation, customs brokerage, cargo insurance, customs bonds and international trade compliance.

 

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Video: HR Advantage on essential HR tools

Posted by Brent McCoy on Jun 04, 2015

This week Chamber member HR Advantage is sharing what they believe is your most important human resources tool.

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Manufacturer announces $7M expansion, 65 new jobs

Posted by Jen Johnson on Jun 04, 2015

Digital Monitoring Products announced during its 40th anniversary celebration today that the company plans to create 65 new jobs and invest approximately $7 million at its facility in Springfield’s Partnership Industrial Center.

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Check out our 2015 Legislative Recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jun 02, 2015

During the 2015 legislative session, over 2000 bills were filed and in the end, only 133 bills passed.  Due to a filibuster and a procedural move in the Senate, only two pieces of legislation passed out of that chamber during the last week - which has historically been the busiest.  We did see quite a few successes on long-term Chamber priorities.  Here is a snapshot on where some of those stood as the bell rang in Jefferson City on May 15. 

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Member Spotlight: American Cancer Society

Posted by Unknown on May 21, 2015

The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary based health organization in the country. We have been in existence for over 100 years with a dedication to saving lives. Relay For Life is our largest fundraising event nationwide and we host 35 Relay For Life events out of our Springfield office in Southwest Missouri. Cancer death rates have declined by 20% in the last 20 years. We not only fund cancer treatment research, we also conduct cancer prevention studies to determine factors that contribute to a cancer diagnosis. This research proved the connection between second hand smoke and lung cancer. The American Cancer Society is not dedicated to one type of cancer, we fund research and programs for cancer patients effected with all cancers.

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Springfield named top city to start a business

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 11, 2015

Springfield is the 3rd best city in the nation to start a business and the top city when it comes to accessing resources for startups, says a study published by personal finance site WalletHub.

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GO CAPS announces program offerings for 2015-2016

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

The Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies began enrolling students and is looking to hire staff for its first two course strands which will begin this fall.

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Top Chamber priority passes, signifying win for job creation

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

One of the biggest wins so far this session will create a powerful tool to help bring high paying tech jobs to Missouri.

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Deadlines loom as lawmakers weigh critical legislation

Posted by Emily Denniston and Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

Lawmakers at both the State and Federal level are facing tight deadlines on key business priorities. Find out which solutions we're working to get across the finish line.

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See who took home the 2015 Small Business Award

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 07, 2015

Five area businesses were recognized at the 2015 Small Business Award event, but only one received the 2015 Small Business Award. 

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Video: How to increase your website's visibility

Posted by Brent McCoy on May 07, 2015

With this new video series, we're tapping into the tremendous amount of expertise that exists within the Chamber membership. In this post, see what Chamber member Mostly Serious has to say about increasing your website's visibility.

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Legislative Update: Right to Work, Federal Transportation and Bonding

Posted by Unknown on May 04, 2015

Read about progress on top chamber priorities at the state and federal level.

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Legislative Update: Data Centers, Transportation Funding and more

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 21, 2015

With only four weeks left in the legislative session, the Capitol is full of activity, including efforts to get legislation across the finish line and for the House and Senate to reach agreement on the proposed 2016 state budget.  See how a few top Chamber priorities have faired.

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See who is a finalist for the Small Business Award

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 10, 2015

Five area businesses are finalists for the 2015 Small Business Award to be presented by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce May 6 during its annual award event.

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4 Reasons you should be exporting to Canada

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 08, 2015

Last week, the Chamber and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers hosted Consul General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton to discuss the U.S.-Canada trade relationship. In honor of his visit, we've put together a short list of reasons why you might want to consider doing business with Canada.

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4 tips for the budding inbound marketer

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 02, 2015

We're offering up a few of the lessons we’ve learned (or are still learning) at the Chamber relating to the vast realm of inbound/permission/content marketing.

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Series: Talent wars and our strategies to win

Posted by Ryan Mooney, Senior Vice President Economic Development on Apr 02, 2015

The baby boomers are beginning to retire, and there simply aren’t enough workers to fill their positions. The resulting talent wars could have devastating affects on Springfield's economy.

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Member Spotlight: Atlas Security

Posted by Unknown on Apr 01, 2015

See who the Chamber is backing on April 7

Posted by Maggie Kost on Mar 13, 2015

It's vital that our community has the right leadership in place to maintain a thriving economy. The Chamber has endorsed candidates for the Springfield Board of Education and for Springfield City Council that can lead our community into its next chapter. We encourage you to support them at the polls on April 7! 

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New Series: Keeping up with the new economy

Posted by Ryan Mooney on Mar 06, 2015

There’s no doubt the economic recovery is upon us and our economic development program is seeing its full effect—local employers are expanding, project leads are increasing, and prospects are visiting with us about defined projects, not just vague inquiries. But are we ready for the growth that’s coming? What do businesses need in this new economy?

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