SGF Insider

SGF Insider

This cooperative project between the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Springfield will give you an inside look at the people and programs that help make the Springfield, Missouri community a great place to live, work and play.

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September 15, 2022 31 min

Join us for a conversation with Christina Ford, owner of Kids Inn Child Care Center and founder and director of The Rebound Foundation. Tune in as we talk about how to see a need and fill a need in your community.

Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes.

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In the September edition of SGF Business Insider podcast, Chamber president Matt Morrow is joined by our public policy analyst Lauren Mustoe in a conversation with two impactful non-profit leaders in the community, Brian Fogle and Brandy Harris. Fogle is the President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Harris is the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. They share the twists and turns of their journey to leading ...

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Join us for a conversation with David Burton, County Engagement Specialist in Community Development at the University of Missouri Extension. Tune in as we talk about being an engaged neighbor and learn what we can do to make an impact right in our backyard.

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In this month's episode of SGF Business Insider, Chamber President Matt Morrow shares audio from interviews with volunteer leaders featured at our recent Member Appreciation Celebration. The event is both an opportunity to thank members for their investment of time, talent and resources in the Chamber's mission, as well as a mid-year accountability check-in on strategic progress. You'll hear from board, committee and ot...

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July 21, 2022 39 min

Join us for a conversation with Leslie Forrester, Executive Director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Tune in as we talk about educating, advocating, and collaborating for the arts community and how to exercise your creative muscle.

Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield Plugged In episodes.

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In this month's episode of SGF Business Insider, Chamber President Matt Morrow sits down with Vicki Pratt, the Chamber's new senior vice president of economic development. They cover a variety of topics all aimed at providing a look at what goes into the process of economic development, how it impacts the overall community, and what communities need to do - and not do - to encourage private sector growth.

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Join us for a conversation with Amy Blansit, senior faculty in the Kinesiology department at Missouri State University and the founder and CEO of the Drew Lewis Foundation. Tune in for a discussion about building authentic connections, moving to a thriving life and looking at how our citizens can make a local difference.

Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes.

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This month, Chamber President Matt Morrow sits down with Chief Paul Williams of the Springfield Police Department. They talk about the department's work in crime prevention, officer recruitment efforts, and ways that the business community can help in crime prevention. They also highlight the Chamber's new Let's Keep Springfield Safe Business Toolkit, which gathers multiple resources for businesses together in one place...

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Join us for a conversation with Danny Collins, owner and founder of 37 North Expeditions as we talk all things social connections, curating exceptional outdoor experiences, following dreams and finding inspirations to start something new. 

Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes of the SGF Insider podcast!

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In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Greene County Commissioner John Russell and ARPA Grant & Equity Specialist Dr. Lyle Foster. They talk about how funding from the American Rescue Plan is being directed to small businesses and nonprofits in our area, how the process is going so far, and what organizations can do to get involved.

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Join us for a conversation with General Seat A City Councilwoman and CoxHealth Chief Diversity Officer, Heather Hardinger as she shares about charting career paths and the role diversity, equity, and inclusion play in workforce development. 

Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes of the SGF Insider podcast!

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In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Joseph Fuller. Fuller is a professor with the Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and they talked about addressing workforce issues. Specifically, they discussed research Fuller and his colleagues have conducted into the concept of "hidden workers," and how businesses can connect with them to meet ongoing workforce shor...

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Join us to hear interviews with SPS school board candidates produced by Leadership Springfield and a coalition of community organizations. With a shared goal of educating voters and engaging candidates with citizens, the nonpartisan coalition has produced candidate forums in 2020 and 2021 as well. Tune in before you vote on April 5 to learn about each candidate.

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In this month's episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow sits down with two women blazing a trail for others in the Springfield community:

  • Crista Hogan, president of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Rachel Anderson, director of the efactory at Missouri State University.
  • The two will be recognized on March 10 as the recipients of the 2022 ATHENA Award and the 2022 Virginia Fry Rising Star Award, respectively. They talk ...

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    Join us as Rachel Anderson, Director at the eFactory, and Kevin Johansen, Founder and CEO of AgButler discuss the remote workforce, regional growth, technology in agriculture, and other great ways entrepreneurs in our community are scaling up, growing, and making a difference.

    Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes of the SGF Insider podcast!

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    This month, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Wendy Doyle. Wendy is the president and CEO of United Women’s Empowerment (United WE), a non-profit organization based out of Kansas City that tackles barriers to women’s economic growth. They work with decision makers and community leaders, field research on women’s economic development, and contribute to numerous policy reforms – including equal pay efforts, increased paid fami...

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    Join us as local business owner and Gallup Strengths expert, Caitlin Kissee shares her tips for setting SMART goals, giving yourself grace with goal setting and looking at goals through the lens of Strengths. Caitlin is the Signature Class Strengths Facilitator for the 2021-2022 program year. Let's dive in!

    Special thanks to American National for sponsoring the Leadership Springfield "Plugged In" episodes.

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    This month, Chamber President Matt Morrow talked to two people very important to both the Chamber and the entire Springfield community. They’re the Chamber board chairs for 2021 and 2022,  respectively: Logan Aguirre of the 417 group of magazines and John Oke-Thomas of Oke-Thomas and Associates.

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    December 16, 2021 40 min

    With the release of the Community Focus Report this fall, we are diving into blue ribbons, red flags and how CASA of Southwest Missouri is turning advocacy into action, growing in innovative ways and supporting kids in our community. Tune in to hear this conversation featuring CASA Executive Director, Laura Farmer and CASA Program Director and current Captain Springfield, Rebecca Weber.

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    In this episode, Chamber President Matt Morrow talks with Lisa Farmer, executive director of Harmony House. Lisa and her team were awarded the 2021 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award in November, and they discussed what the award means for her organization and how Harmony House is working to overcome some of the struggles facing organizations of all shapes and sizes.

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