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The Chamber office is open and all scheduled events will continue as planned

Posted by Unknown on Mar 04, 2015

The show must go on! At this time, the Chamber office and all scheduled events will continue as planned. We hope to see you at Good Morning, Springfield tomorrow morning. 

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Member Spotlight: Keller Williams Realty

Posted by Member Contributed Post on Mar 01, 2015

Video: New tools unveiled to help recruit talent

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 27, 2015

The Chamber and Springfield Business Development Corporation have published a new community relocation guide and released another video, adding to the Talent Attraction Initiative arsenal. The new video specifically targets IT talent.

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Why so much hype about workforce? Find out.

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 18, 2015

Workforce isn't just a buzz word--it's part of an emerging issue facing communities across the nation. See how Springfield is working to stay ahead of the trend.

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Chamber to manage launch of innovative career readiness initiative

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 18, 2015

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it will contract with Springfield Public Schools and 10 other area school districts to launch a new career readiness initiative that will focus public education resources on confronting the number one challenge facing businesses and employers today: talent development and retention.

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Chamber unveils new Strategic Area of Focus

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

The intel that we receive from visiting with area employers is crucial. It helps our organization and our community stay ahead of trends in the economy and tells us where we need to focus in the long term. There is one trend in particular that we hear so often and that is so important that the Chamber's board of directors has decided to elevate it to a fourth Strategic Area of Focus to our Action Plan this year. 

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January brings a whirlwind of action for our advocacy team

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

From Op-Eds to an annual gala, the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has been working almost non-stop to move the needle on top legislative priorities this January. 

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A look back at the Springfield Business Development Corporation in 2014

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

There are a number of companies in our region who contribute above and beyond their Chamber membership to invest specifically in the economic development efforts of the SBDC. The SBDC is staffed by and serves as the economic development arm of Chamber. See what the SBDC accomplished in 2014.

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Help us dive deeper into the main drivers of our economy

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

The Chamber is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to conduct a short 10 question survey which will evaluate regional economic conditions. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and will be open to all businesses from February 4 through February 11 in an online format. The results of the survey will be released later this spring. 

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How the Chamber can help grow your business

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

From marketing to networking to skills training, check out this list of ways that the Chamber can help you grow your business in 2015. No time? No problem.

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Chamber publishes 2014 Community Leadership Visit Report

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

Three days, 10 panel discussions, 43 guest speakers, and 168 tweets later, 61 of Springfield’s business and community leaders learned the ins-and-outs of what makes Omaha, Nebraska a city of big ideas, big dollars and “no coasting.”  

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Chamber announces 2015 Springfieldian

Posted by Unknown on Jan 30, 2015

Dr. John Bentley was named the 2015 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday. Bentley completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to finish his training in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then practiced medicine at St. John's, now Mercy Hospital Springfield, for 35 years. What began as a volunteer position with The Kitchen Clinic in 1980 evolved into a directorship in 1985 and ultimately, his role with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, where he has served as a family practitioner for 11 years.

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Newly-elected legislators converge on Springfield

Posted by Maggie on Dec 12, 2014

The Chamber along with the other eight organizations that make up the Springfield Metro Partnership hosted 45 newly-elected legislators this month in an effort to build on the strong relationship between the Springfield community and state lawmakers.

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Go behind the scenes of the Talent Attraction Video

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

How do you capture the spirit of our city in a little more than 3-minutes? You combine dozens of interviews with Springfieldians, hours of raw footage from around the region and a relentless focus on the key findings of our Talent Attraction Initiative research.

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Chamber Chairman Jeff Schrag puts our new President Matt Morrow to the test

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

Before a record breaking crowd at Good Morning, Springfield, Chairman of the Board Jeff Schrag sat down with the new Chamber President Matt Morrow to find out what Matt’s thoughts are on the top issues facing Springfield.

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Manufacturer announces plans to locate in Springfield region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 12, 2014

Americana Tire and Wheel has announced plans to locate in the Springfield region, investing $1.5M to open a new assembly facility in Marshfield, MO, and create 20 new jobs above Webster County average wage.

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Why Springfield? Watch the video to find out.

Posted by Maggie Kost on Dec 04, 2014

It's the question every human resources department has to answer when hiring outside the community, and because there are so many reasons to choose Springfield, it's not always an easy question to answer--until now.

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Member Spotlight: Clay Cooper Theatre

Posted by Janee Clark on Dec 01, 2014

CLAY COOPER’S COUNTRY EXPRESS – It’s more than country! Clay Cooper’s Country Express has something for everyone with high energy singin’, dancin’, gun-slingin’, trick-ropin’, Johnny Lonestar; Comedian Matt Gumm; Youth Performers, Ezrah Noelle and Colt Cooper; 10 incredible dancers, a six-piece live band, and of course, your host, CLAY COOPER! Get up close and personal with this blast of a cast! Clay is celebrating his 28th season performing in Branson! LIVE music, LIVE singing, LOTS of fun!

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Outdoors company breaks ground on $3.5M corporate headquarters in Springfield

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

Lew’s Fishing Tackle has announced plans to invest $3.5M for a new corporate headquarters and consolidated distribution center in Springfield. Lew’s will build the new 58,000 sq. ft. facility on land north of Partnership Industrial Center and plans to add five new jobs to their current workforce of 26. Chamber staff and Springfield's partnership for Economic Development worked with Lew’s executives to facilitate the expansion and help them access local property tax abatement.

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Is Springfield running out of room to grow?

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

For the last year, industrial employers looking for a building in Springfield have had only a handful of options to choose from. In fact, Springfield’s industrial vacancy rate currently stands at 4.3%. This sits well below the national average of 9.4%, putting our region at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a home for new or expanding employers. Luckily, several local developers are stepping up and hope to capitalize on the demand for industrial space.

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Make your membership dollars go further with these Chamber marketing tools

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 06, 2014

Marketing your business with the Chamber doesn’t have to mean attending networking events. There are a number of ways you can increase visibility for your business, without ever leaving the office.

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