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The national economy is currently strong, and it will remain strong through at least the end of 2019, according to the keynote speaker at the SBDC’s recent Economic Outlook - but Springfield needs to be prepared to grow and compete with similar communities for workforce.
Finding the right employees, in sufficient numbers, is a huge challenge. And it was the focus of the Chamber’s recent 60 Minutes to Success event, where three local business leaders spoke about some of the low-cost methods their own companies use to attract, retain and develop the employees they need to grow.
Holly Rehder is not afraid to tell people her story and how it has brought her to her current position – and she did just that when she visited the Chamber August 17 to speak with the Governmental Relations Committee.
New City Manager Jason Gage brought his experience and his outlook to The Network’s CEO Series on August 16 for a Q&A session in front of nearly 100 young professionals. See what he said about the future of Springfield and how he hopes to help the city moving forward.
Gov. Mike Parson received a warm southwest Missouri welcome when he took the stage August 1 as the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s inaugural State of the State event at White River Conference Center.
The second event in the Chamber’s Outlook Series of economic development events will focus on the economy, and where it may be heading.
The Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, have received a Communications Excellence Best in Show award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Nearly 500 Chamber members joined us on July 25 for our Annual Membership Luncheon: a progress report on the first half of 2018 and a deeper dive into the importance of each of the Chamber’s four Strategic Areas of Focus.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for August 2018, Paragon Architecture!
The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.
On July 18, three young professionals who have already decided to get involved in public office spoke to members of The Network at the latest Access to the Issues event about what it’s like to be an officeholder, and how they’re working to shape the community.
Senator Jay Wasson was the guest of the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee on July 12, offering his take on the year’s successes, his overall time in the Capitol and the state political scene.
At a July 12 event in the Chamber’s Workforce Event Series, the discussion focused on employers that support employee education efforts – through tuition reimbursement, professional development and company culture – and how those programs help with workforce recruitment and retention.
The Springfield Metro Partnership’s biennial Legislative Thank You Luncheon is a unique opportunity for members of the Partnership to celebrate successes of a legislative session and thank lawmakers for the work they did in Jefferson City during the previous legislative session.
We’re inviting Chamber members to join us again in to hear from volunteer leaders about the progress we’ve made thus far this year and look at what the rest of the year might hold.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for July 2018, AB Estate Sales of Missouri!
Many teachers in the area are taking the summer months to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Or maybe they’re teaching a session of summer school. But some are using the time for a new type of experience – in conjunction with the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS).
The Chamber's goal is always to find new ways to offer additional value – and through a partnership of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Missouri Chamber Federation, the Chamber is pleased to tell you about a new value offering for its small-business members.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for June 2018, Pioneer Outdoor, LLC!
In his first visit to the Chamber as the state’s new governor, Mike Parson met with business, education and community leaders to talk about the importance of investing in infrastructure and workforce training – and maintaining a spirit of cooperation between city and state leaders.
Springfield-based wireless communication services company Russell Cellular is expanding to accommodate more than two decades of growth. The exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility in Battlefield, creating 135 new jobs with above-average wages over the next five years.
The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its second regular session of the 99th General Assembly on May 18th. In a tough session with many distractions, House and Senate leadership were keenly focused on passing critical legislation, resulting in one of the more productive sessions for Missouri’s business community in recent memory.
The Network’s third annual Summer Fest celebration is scheduled for June 8, and this year’s bash will have a seriously groovy vibe.
The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, recently made a presentation to Chamber members and SBDC investors about monetary policy and the economy – and his overall message was one of optimism tinged with caution.
Then-Lt. Governor Mike Parson's new Buy Missouri initiative brought him to Springfield on May 14, as part of a 10-city kickoff tour that started in late 2017.
The response to the first year of our Biz Blitz event was strong, so bringing it back for 2018 was a no-brainer. We also decided to expand it by offering seats to a few more attendees.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for May 2018, Law Office of Sativa Boatman-Sloan, LLC!