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Women in statewide leadership offer their perspective Just a few years ago, if you asked Sandy Crawford about her political ambitions, you might have gotten a quizzical look. “If you told me 10 or 15 years ago that I’d be here today, I’d have said you’re crazy,” said Crawford, a 30-year veteran of the banking…

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Strengthening our connection with Fort Leonard Wood Hospitality, partnership, and collaboration. This was the focus of the day and the key takeaways for attendees on the Chamber’s day-trip to Fort Leonard Wood. On July 9, Chamber members spent the day touring the vast army base strengthen the collaborative partnership between Ft. Wood and the Springfield…

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Tackling the concept of international growth Organizations are always looking for ways to grow, but the idea of international growth can be daunting. For CEO and founder of Integrated Trade Finance LLC (ITC) Jeffrey Kamins, however, there is no choice but to get competitive by getting your business into the foreign market – and it…

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First-year representatives offer perspectives from the Capitol John Black and Craig Fishel each have decades of experience in the Springfield business community – Black as an attorney with both City Utilities and Missouri State University, Fishel as the owner of his own business for more than three decades. But when the Missouri Legislature began its…

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Legislative session brings major workforce, education success The 2019 Missouri legislative session, which ended May 18, was ultimately successful for several important Chamber priorities. After long hours and hard work, numerous critical business issues crossed the finish line this year. Workforce and economic development The Chamber worked with lawmakers and partners from around the state…

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A statewide effort to advocate for workforce and infrastructure Members of the Chamber staff are in the Capitol every week, advocating on behalf of the business community’s top priorities. But sometimes, hearing directly from business leaders and job creators is the most effective way to carry the message. On April 3, business leaders from across…

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The Network takes on advocacy role at city, state level Springfield’s young professionals often tout their ability to be heard and have a seat at the table as one of our city’s biggest assets. They made that ability abundantly clear in two recent events – one here at the Chamber and one in the state…

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House Minority Leader calls for bipartisanship, willingness to work together When she visited the Chamber on March 29 to offer a mid-session legislative update to the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee, Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade offered an update on Chamber priorities as well as a straight-forward but troubling message: Partisanship has intensified in the…

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Thank you for supporting Springfield’s streets and schools On April 2, Springfield-area voters helped the City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools take significant steps forward by approving two ballot initiatives to help with funding for important future projects. Passage of these measures shows that the community prioritizes investment in infrastructure and education and will…

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