Whether it's our monthly Good Morning, Springfield, an advocacy day in Jefferson City or a networking event like Business After Hours, the Chamber is always looking for ways to give its members photo-worthy memories. Check out the galleries below!
Two economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shared data and insights with a sold-out crowd at the Springfield Business Development Corporation's (SBDC) Economic Outlook in August.
Our First Responders are vital to our quality of life and continued economic growth here – and the Chamber and the business community wanted to say “Thank You." We invited First Responders to appreciation experience at Springfield Cardinals games, where they were recognized prior to the games and received an appreciation gift.
In July, Governor Mike Parson visited Springfield for the fifth consecutive year to keynote the State of the State event. He shared his outlook for the State of Missouri including highlighting historic investments, statewide successes, and his vision for the future of our state.
On May 4, Cabinet Concepts by Design received the 2022 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. They were among a field of five amazing finalists recognized at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center.
At our biggest event of the year, held this year in March instead of the traditional January, we celebrated teamwork and working together to build something better. We also looked towards the future and how to build upon principles and values that are engrained within our community. The evening culminated with Joe Turner being presented the 2022 Springfieldian Award.
Each year, the ATHENA Award is all about celebrating, inspiring and advocating for women leaders and the contributions they make to our community. In 2022, the ATHENA Award went to Crista Hogan, while the recipient of the Virginia Fry Rising Star Award was Rachel Anderson.
The Chamber's economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC) held its Annual Meeting March 3 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. In addition to hearing about efforts in job growth and placemaking, the nearly 450 in attendance heard from keynote speaker Joseph Fuller about the "hidden worker" and how businesses can update their approach to reach more people.
The 2021 Manufacturing Outlook featured a panel of local industry leaders discussing trends and best practices for managing workforce challenges in a pandemic world.
On November 10, the Chamber celebrated our small business members and announce the recipient of the 2021 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award! Harmony House received the award from among a field of deserving finalists including Dynamic DNA Laboratories, Loehr Health Center, OzAir Charter Service and TheraCare. The program also featured a conversation with Rita Baron about her inspiring small business story that highlights the opportunities that can be found right here in our community!
Our First Responders are vital to our quality of life and continued economic growth here – and the Chamber and the business community wanted to say “Thank You." But we also wanted to do it as safely as possible. Rather than gathering for our traditional breakfast event this year, we invited First Responders to a “drive-through” event at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, where they received hot breakfast and an appreciation gift.
In August, Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Charles Gascon of the St. Louis Fed offered virtual presentations to business and community leaders at DoubleTree Hotel's Glendalough Convention Center. They spoke about national and local economic trends, as well as the outlook for continued economic recovery from the pandemic recession.
In July, Governor Mike Parson visited Springfield for the fourth consecutive year to keynote the State of the State event. He shared his outlook for the State of Missouri including our strong economic recovery, efforts around workforce development and transportation investment and his vision for the future of the state.
Annual Member Lunch 2021
At our annual summer get-together, we gathered in a relaxed atmosphere for good food, good times and a look at what's going on in the Chamber and in the community. Chairman Logan Aguirre offered a high-level overview of the results from our recent member survey, several members talked about how the Chamber has supported their organizations, and 2021 Reach Chairman Joselyn Baldner unveiled this year's campaign.
SBDC Annual Meeting 2021
Annual Meeting 2021
ATHENA Award Event 2021
ATHENA Award Luncheon 2020
Transportation Lobby Day 2020
Transportation stakeholders from southwest Missouri met with House, Senate and executive leaders March 3 to discuss the importance of funding transportation infrastructure for the continued growth and development of our state.
Maximize Your Membership
This quarterly event offers a fun, informal environment where new Chamber members - and new employees of existing members - can learn about all the ways the Chamber can help them grow, get connected, and develop their business in the community.
SBDC Annual Meeting 2020
The Chamber's economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC) held its Annual Meeting February 21 at University Plaza Convention Center. In addition to hearing about efforts in job growth and placemaking, the nearly 500 in attendance heard from keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan about how to think big and take the actions necessary to build a community that will continue to thrive.
2020 Executive Committee Lobby Day
Annual Meeting 2020
- Photos Courtesy of David Eslick
Salute to Legislators 2020
The Springfield Metro Partnership's Salute to Missouri Legislators is a 35-year tradition that provides the chance for business and community leaders from Springfield to interact with legislators and executive branch officials to discuss legislative priorities that are significant to this region.
Springfield Metro Partnership Lobby Day 2020
Members of the Springfield Metro Partnership met with several key legislators during their advocacy day in January to discuss legislative priorities important to our region, including investment in workforce development, education and transportation infrastructure.
Legislative Luncheon 2020
Each year, members of our legislative delegation visit the Chamber to hear from our volunteer leaders about the issues important to the Springfield business community for the upcoming legislative session.
Manufacturing Outlook 2019
The focus of the SBDC’s 2019 Manufacturing Outlook event, held on December 6 was trends and issues affecting industries that support manufacturing, such as real estate and logistics, automation, workforce training, and transportation.
First Responders Appreciation 2019
The Chamber was privileged to pay tribute to police, firefighters, emergency medical professionals and 911 operators at our annual First Responders Appreciation breakfast event. More than 300 people gathered from across the community, including roughly 150 first responders from our area.
Economic Outlook 2019
More than 430 business and community leaders attended this annual event, hosted by the Springfield Business Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Chamber.
Annual Member Lunch 2019
At the Chamber’s Annual Member Lunch, the feeling was one of celebration – of accomplishments so far in 2019, of our 100 years of history, and of what we can accomplish together in the future.
Major Metro Partnership Advocacy Day - April 2019
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce joined leaders from the St. Louis, Kansas City and the Missouri Chambers to advocate for issues important to businesses across the state.
Day at the Capitol - February 2019
Volunteer leaders from the Springfield Chamber visited Jefferson City to talk to legislative leaders about several key issues including workforce development, transportation, and education funding.