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Helping small businesses navigate tax law changes When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017, it marked the biggest change to federal tax law in more than 30 years. It changed nearly all facets of tax planning – individual tax, trust and estate planning, and business tax…

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Using technology to make business life easier If your small business is looking for ways to streamline operations, update data management, reduce excess email or improve communication between staff members … well, as the saying goes, there’s probably an app for that. That was the message from presenters Krystal Russell and Colby Keeth, partners with…

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Chamber kicks off out-of-this-world Reach Campaign The 2018 Reach Campaign has officially launched. “Reach for the Stars” is underway after the Chamber held its kickoff event Sept. 12 at Highland Springs. Nearly 80 volunteers and Chamber staff were on hand as Campaign Chairman Joe Reynolds and Chamber President Matt Morrow dubbed their totally official astronaut…

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Don’t miss your chance to connect with the Chamber The Chamber is preparing to kick off its third annual Reach Campaign – and this year, the campaign is really expanding its horizons. As you may know, Reach is how we offer members ways to invest in the Chamber and support the work we do every…

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Addressing workforce needs without big expenses Talk to nearly any business about their biggest issues, and you’re likely to hear a common theme: Finding the right employees, in sufficient numbers, is a huge challenge. It’s why the Chamber has set workforce development as one of its four Strategic Areas of Focus. But how do businesses…

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Looking back at 2018 … so far Nearly 500 Chamber members joined us for a midweek trip to the Caribbean on July 25: our Annual Membership Luncheon. Our volunteer leaders offered a progress report for the first half of 2018 and took a deeper dive into the importance of each of the Chamber’s four Strategic…

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Exciting new value for small business Chamber members In its daily operations, the Chamber offers value to its members in a wide range of ways by focusing on its four strategic areas of focus. But the goal is always to find new ways to offer additional value – and through a partnership of the Missouri…

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Networking with a modern twist When the Chamber created its new Biz Blitz event in 2017, the idea was to offer individual members a new way to make connections. It was a sort of “speed dating” approach to networking: We provide the space and the structure, you bring your personality and energy. The response was…

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Great River Engineering receives 2018 Small Business Award 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. The Springfield-based civil engineering and surveying firm was selected by a panel of independent judges from a group of finalists…

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Small businesses offer tips to improve project management, record-keeping 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 any pointers on how to improve the functions companies use most each day can be extremely valuable. The Chamber’s April…

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