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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The solar industry is working to establish a sustainable energy future and Sun Solar is leading the way. CEO Caleb Arthur was just elected president of a statewide industry group.
This week Chamber member 2B Organized shares a tip on how to stay organized when you are busy.
This week Chamber member Sherry Coker shares steps you can take to improve your time management within your organization.
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.
Formerly known as Springfield Workshop, SWI offers quality subcontract work for manufacturers and other companies from a large production facility on West Bennett Street. At the same time, SWI provides vocational opportunities for more than 200 employees with developmental disabilities. Its Sunny Bunny Eggs project is one of its best known.
Document Solutions of Springfield provides a full line of cutting edge and industry leading Xerox products including copiers, laser printers, and digital multi-function devices, in both color and black and white. Solutions vary from desktop (small office) to large production printing systems. Locally owned and operated, the company’s personnel operate as a cohesive team, ready to analyze, propose, and provide the best solutions for their customers’ document production success.
This week Chamber member Walgreens shares a tip on how to improve customer service.
This week Chamber member ARC Physical Therapy shares a tip on how your physical therapy provider can save you money on worker's comp.
The Chamber presents its B2B Expo with an Oktoberfest theme, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St. Over lunch, four entrepreneurs will compete for $5,000 in the Chamber’s Go BIG Pitch Competition. It’s so big, the expo hall will close for the lunch hour as these finalists pitch their best plans to a team of judges. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door (includes lunch).
This week Chamber member Connell Insurance shares a tip on how to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act .
We've scoured the internet (and by the internet, we mean Pinterest) for ideas to help you make the most out of this year's B2B Expo. Here are some tips, tricks and hopefully a little inspiration to help you get ready for the big day!
The first floor of the Heer’s Building will soon be buzzing with people and activity for the first time since 1993, thanks to the commitment of a medical software company, the combined efforts of Springfield’s Partnership for Economic Development, and a $15 million redevelopment project.
This week Chamber member Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture shares a tip on how to make your work space ergonomically correct.
This week Chamber member JMark Business Solutions, Inc. shares how you can ensure your company data is safe in a "bring your own device" culture.
This week Chamber member Online Marketing Giant shares a tip on advertising your business with Google AdWords.
More than 150 students, parents and business partners flooded rooms at CoxHealth and Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation for the launch of the GO CAPS school year.