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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!
During the Chamber’s annual event on May 2 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, Great River Engineering received the 2018 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.
On April 11, members of The Network for Young Professionals took the opportunity to engage with key state legislative leaders in Jefferson City during their second-ever lobby day to the state Capitol.
While technology is helpful, it also opens the door for businesses of all shapes and sizes to become the victims of potential fraud and embezzlement - and that was the focus of a presentation to a joint meeting of the Chamber’s International Business Council and the Greater Ozarks International Trade Association on April 25.
GO CAPS students spend an entire school year immersed in real-life, hands-on job experiences, learning about potential career opportunities and college pathways to reach those careers. On April 23 and 24, the students got a chance to show off what they’ve learned and developed.
Handling the day-to-day functions of a company can be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the day for anyone managing a small business … so these pointers on how to improve the functions companies use most each day could be valuable.
Check out our Small Business Spotlight company for April 2018, ACIS Computers!
April 3 marked a significant victory for efforts to grow our region’s skilled workforce and fuel job creation, as two ballot initiatives requested by Ozarks Technical Community College were both successful at the polls in their seven-county taxation district.
The first installment of the Chamber’s 2018 Public Policy Speaker Series brought one of the most influential, and yet most familiar, Missourians back to Springfield on March 26: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
The Springfield region – like Missouri and the rest of the country – has several positives on the health care horizon, but also faces significant challenges. That was the message from the March 28 Health Care Outlook, the first event in the 2018 Outlook Series.
The struggle for today’s businesses to grow and prosper often centers around finding and keeping the right mix of talented, motivated employees. That's part of the reason why the Chamber created the Workforce Event Series, which kicked off March 22.
The move to the Senate has been a change for Sandy Crawford, as she told the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee when she visited on March 20 during the General Assembly’s spring break.
Roughly 20 nominees were on the list for the reintroduced ATHENA Award, and while they were all deserving names, there’s no arguing with the judges’ selection of the 2018 honoree.
More than 100 Chamber members recently learned much more about applying best practices to their Facebook content and advertising when using the social platform to communicate about their business.
The Chamber is endorsing two propositions for OTC that will be on the April 3 ballot to help fund crucially important programs for our region's education and workforce development needs.
Check out our March 2018 Small Business Spotlight company, Century 21 Integrity Group!
More than 40 of the teachers who participated in last summer’s GO CAPS Teacher Externship program recently reconnected for the Winter Summit to interact with business partners, listen to industry leaders and discuss how they're using what they’ve learned.
Exploring the future of Springfield was the focus of the SBDC Annual Meeting on February 15, which showed more than 350 guests project activity in 2017 and looked ahead to what the next year holds for our region.
The Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee hosted its first lawmaker of the 2018 session on February 2, when Rep. Curtis Trent returned from Jefferson City to offer an update on progress made thus far this year.
A long history of community service, business success and dedication to the betterment of Springfield come to mind when thinking of Sam Hamra, the recipient of the 2018 Springfieldian award.
Check out our February 2018 Small Business Spotlight company, John Marion Custom Homes, LLC!
The Springfield region had the chance to communicate directly with legislators and officeholders from across the state when our Springfield Metro Partners and many local volunteers traveled to Jefferson City on January 24 for Advocacy Day and the Springfield Regional Salute to Legislators reception.