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Economic Development Conference highlights challenges for Missouri
Published: Monday, October 9, 2017

Recently I was fortunate to attend the 2017 Missouri Governors Conference on Economic Development in St. Louis. Every year this conference is an opportunity to hear the latest thinking on economic development issues in the


Congratulations Small Business of the Year and Exceptional Employee Nominees
Published: Friday, September 29, 2017

The following businesses and employees have been nominated for this year's Small Business of the Year and Exceptional Employee Awards. Nominees must now complete paperwork to be considered a candidate for the award.


C & S Business Services partners with adult education literacy students
Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Recently, C&S Business Services, Inc. spoke to Adult Education and Literacy students enrolled in the high school equivalency class, as part of their orientation. Paula Benne spoke about C&S; what they do, types of


Slate of Nominees to the Chamber Board of Directors - Right of Petition
Published: Friday, September 15, 2017

Date: September 14, 2017 From: Janet Weckenborg, Board Chair TO: All Chamber Members RE: Slate of Nominees to the Board of Directors and Right of Petition Please find below the Slate of Nominees that will be


Chamber Seeking Nominations for Board Directors
Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Chamber is seeking nominations of candidates for election to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. A single slate of 6 candidates is needed to fill the seats of the 6 directors whose terms expire December 31,


Chamber's Investment in Spec Building Pays Off
Published: Friday, August 18, 2017

THE PERFECT STORM Most of us have seen the movie of the same title from the year 2000. Based on a true story, many factors came together in the Atlantic Ocean to create an event of great magnitude which endangered a fishing


Chamber Spec Building History
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017

In 2007, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce took a hard look at the Economic Development efforts in the Cole County area and along with the City and County determined it was time to enhance the efforts of Business


Leadership Jefferson City Class donates to local organizations
Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Leadership JC Class of 2017 shared proceeds from their class fund-raising event, Battle of the Brews, with three organizations: The Special Learning Center, The Samaritan Center and SafetyNet of Missouri. The donations


Pitch It and Win It Competition is Just Around the Corner
Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017

In April, StartUp Jefferson City hosted the fourth annual Encouraging Entrepreneurship event at the Capital Event Center to offer budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive free business counseling. The event was well


New P.I.E. Partners Announced
Published: Monday, August 7, 2017

Two local businesses have joined the Partners in Education program: Flat Branch Home Loans and Jefferson City Medical Group Express Care. Flat Branch Home Loans has teamed up with Belair Elementary School and JCMG Express


Axium Plastics locating to Jefferson City, Missouri
Published: Friday, August 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2017 Jefferson City, MO - The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce announced today Axium Plastics will be opening a new manufacturing facility in Jefferson City, Missouri. The company


City of Jefferson takes possession of 32 acres at MSP
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jefferson City is now the proud owner of 32 acres of the Missouri State Penitentiary, which the city plans to redevelop to attract more tourists. Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 486 Tuesday, July 11, granting the


One for All Day Program, LLC - a "start-up" success story
Published: Monday, July 3, 2017

Diane Loepke and Ali Abbott both had a similar vision, a vision of providing day care services for intellectually disabled adults in an enhanced environment. In January of 2015, Diane and Ali opened One For All Day Program,


Congratulations, Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2017
Published: Friday, June 23, 2017

The LJC Selection Committee is pleased to announce the graduating Class of 2017, Leadership Jefferson City. This group of business professionals experienced eleven sessions over a six month period designed to expand their


Jefferson City START connects local interns to community - enhances intern experience
Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Since its inception in 2011, the Jefferson City START program continues to grow in popularity and value. Designed to connect local interns to our community and enhance their intern experience, the program is an initiative


Progress made on Central Missouri Multimodal Port Project
Published: Monday, June 19, 2017

In the 21st century economy, the Chamber is constantly struggling with what we can do in the central region of Missouri to leverage our physical, geographic and human assets to enhance the need to create good jobs now and in


Chamber Board creates Membership Support Team
Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017

A new “Membership Support Team” was created in 2017 in response to the 2016 Mission Possible membership campaign in which personal visits were made to more than 500 Chamber members. The individual visits were


Working Toward the Perfect Pitch
Published: Monday, June 12, 2017

In April, StartUp Jefferson City (JC) hosted the fourth annual Encouraging Entrepreneurship event at the Capital Event Center to offer free business counseling to local entrepreneurs. The event offered entrepreneurs an


Partners in Education announces Outstanding Youth Leadership Awards
Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It is our pleasure to begin featuring the recipients of our Partners in Education Outstanding Youth Leadership Awards. Recipients are selected by the school and receive a certificate, medal and $20 cash prize. Each


Summarizing the Chamber's Economic Development ROI
Published: Friday, April 14, 2017

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2016 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole at a joint work session at the City Hall


Encouraging Entrepreneurship
Published: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Who is an entrepreneur? According to Merriam-Webster’s definition, entrepreneurs are “individuals who organize, manage and assume the risks of a business or enterprise.” The most common attribute


Business Expansion Continues in 2016
Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Expansion activity continues to deliver investment and new jobs to our community in 2016, as a result of continued growth from a handful of long-standing employers within our community. The Chamber’s existing business


Chamber Board Endorses Propositions J+C on the April 4th ballot
Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

At its February 28th meeting, the Chamber Board unanimously adopted a resolution of support for Propositions J+C on the April 4th ballot and urges all district patrons to do the same. "...and whereas 2 'yes' votes mean


Preparing today's students for the workforce
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017

In the October 2016 edition of Chamber Today I wrote about the newly created Workforce Action Team that was formed after our April Board Retreat. This Action Team, consisting of workforce development professionals and a


Chamber President & JCPS Superintendent discuss upcoming Bond Levy Proposal
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I recently had a chance to discuss the proposed Bond and Levy Proposal with Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent of the Jefferson City public schools. Here are some of the key issues of concern to the Jefferson City Area


Chamber continues to focus on business outreach
Published: Monday, February 13, 2017

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee addresses issues relevant to the business community by conducting training under the umbrella of the Tuesday Topic seminar series. In addition, the Chamber continues its work to


"Dreams" Gala celebrates Chamber leaders, volunteers, accomplishments
Published: Friday, February 3, 2017

The Chamber’s 124th Annual Gala “Dreams” held January 27 honored community leaders and celebrated our community “Dreams” for projects like riverfront access at Adrian’s Island, access to


Chamber Gala January 27th
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Partners in Education announces award recipients
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2016

First Christian Church and East Elementary School Bartlett & West and Jefferson City High School The Partners in Education Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Program of Excellence


Two Chamber initiatives gain ground in 2016
Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

As a part of the 2016 Economic Development Work Plan created a year ago with the Chamber-City-County partnership, two initiatives were proposed to further the economic potential in #JCMO. Considerable progress on each


Entrepreneurs Compete in Fifth Annual Pitch Contest
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, StartUp Jefferson City offered entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas for a chance at winning cash awards to help support future growth plans. On October 15, entrepreneurs


Workforce Action Team Gets Started
Published: Monday, October 17, 2016

Finding and hiring employees with the necessary skill set has become increasingly challenging for Cole County employers in the last several years. The issue has surfaced during meetings with President’s Roundtable


Fischer Body Shop named 2016 Small Business of the Year
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Small Business of the Year Fischer Body Shop 2016 Exceptional Employee Julie Smith The News Tribune


Cole County receives ACT Work Ready Communities Certification
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chamber staff was recently recognized at the 4th Annual ACT Workforce Symposium in Nashville, TN, where they received ACT Work Ready Certification. The symposium, “Advancing Innovative Communities” convened


Over 120 attend YP Summit
Published: Monday, October 3, 2016

The Jefferson City YP group joined with Columbia EPIC to host the 2016 MO YP Summit, a dynamic, speaker-driven professional development and networking event attended by more than 120 area young professionals at the Missouri


Finalists Announced - 2016 Small Business of the Year and Exceptional Employee
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016

All Clear Pumping & Sewer * Dana Davis Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery * Julie Smith Central Missouri Newspapers, Inc. - News Tribune * Jenny Switzer Central Bank


Chamber to offer free seminars at Business Showcase October 12, 2016
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016

The Chamber is hosting free seminars on two hot topics for businesses both large & small. The seminars will be held October 12 during Business Showcase at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Seminars are free with $3 admission to


"Pitch It & Win It" is coming back this fall
Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Shaun Sappenfield In April, StartUp Jefferson City hosted the third annual Encouraging Entrepreneurship event at the Capital Event Center to offer free business counseling to local entrepreneurs. The event was well attended


2017 Chamber Board Nominations Sought
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016

The Chamber is seeking nominations of candidates for election to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. A single slate of 6 candidates is needed to fill the seats of the 6 directors whose terms expire December 31,


Study provides valuable data about local labor pool
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mike Walker, Assistant Director, Docking Institute of Public Affairs, presented the Labor Study findings to the Chamber Board of Directors in July.Mike WalkImagine you’re about to make a large investment in a


Successful Summer for Jeff City START
Published: Monday, August 15, 2016

It has been another successful summer for the Jeff City START program. In the five years of this program a record of over 60 interns registered for the kick-off event, JC-101. This event highlighted various aspects of


Site Selectors Gather at the Lake
Published: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Missy Bonnot Recently I had the great opportunity to attend “Lakeside with the Locators”, an event featuring site selection consultants who work site selection projects for companies looking to expand or locate


Gov. Nixon celebrates Cole County earning Certified Work Ready Community status; announces expansion by local business that is expected to create 50 new jobs
Published: Monday, August 8, 2016

National designation from ACT will help community retain jobs and create new ones, including positions soon to be created by Modern Litho Print Co. Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today was at Modern Litho Print


Jefferson City ranks high among small cities for new businesses
Published: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Finance website WalletHub recently ranked Jefferson City as the fourth-best small city in the United States for starting a new business, behind Holland, Michigan; North Chicago, Illinois, and Brighton, New York. Read the


Chamber hosts luncheon for Mandela Washington Fellowship
Published: Monday, July 11, 2016

The Chamber was privileged to host a luncheon for the Fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are attending an academic and leadership institute at Lincoln University


President's Roundtable connects industry leaders
Published: Friday, July 1, 2016

You may have seen periodic references to the President’s Roundtable Committee in past Chamber Today publications. What is the President’s Roundtable and more so, what is its purpose? The President’s


State Tech awarded $2.7 million federal grant
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Linn MO – State Technical College of Missouri has announced it has received a $2.7 million federal grant from the United States Department of Labor as part of the national TechHire Initiative. The grant will fund the


Chamber commissions Labor Study
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Because of the current situation of challenges in the workforce, much of the conversation at the recent Chamber Board of Directors Retreat revolved around labor. Jefferson City, like many other communities is experiencing a


Chamber Board addresses workforce issues
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016

The most productive time of year for the Chamber board is gathering together at the annual retreat. There are no committee reports, no bylaw changes to approve, and no Robert’s Rules of Order to adhere to (which I will


Chamber Board authorizes workforce action team
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016

"From available data, it appears that of the 2016 graduates from county high schools, approximately 25% plan to go directly into the workforce in lieu of the military or higher education opportunities." Crisis in the


Special Olympics Missouri receives $1 million challenge grant for Training for Life Campus
Published: Friday, May 27, 2016

The Chamber was pleased to participate in a press conference held by Special Olympics Missouri for the purpose of announcing receipt of a $1 million challenge grant for Training for Life Campus to be built in Jefferson City.


YP donates $3,500 to Food Bank
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Jefferson City Young Professionals were pleased to present $3,500 to the Food Bank of Central Missouri's Cole County Buddy Pack program. The money was raised at the YP's Show Me Wine Competition held in April. Pictured


Business Attraction: The Ever-Changing Game
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The world of Business Attraction has always been a changing game but particularly in the last 10 years. With the help of the internet, companies can now find information on their own and the process has become more


Business Expansion Activity Continues in Jefferson City Area
Published: Monday, May 2, 2016

Expansion activity brought investment and job creation to our community in 2015 as a result of continued growth from a handful of well established companies within our community. The Chamber’s existing business


Summarizing the Chamber's Economic Development ROI
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2015 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the 8th Annual Report


Mayor proclaims April Chamber Grow JCMO month
Published: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mayor Carrie Tergin has proclaimed April 2016 to be Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce “GrowJCMO!” month. The proclamation was made April 6 at the Chamber Membership Meeting attended by over 100 Chamber


Chamber Board endorses Proposition A - the extension of the Cole County half-cent capital improvements sales tax
Published: Sunday, March 27, 2016

At its March 22, 2016, meeting, the Chamber Board gave unanimous support for Proposition A on the April 5th ballot - the extension of the Cole County 1/2 cent capital improvements sales tax. The motion of support is as


Chamber hosts regional economic update
Published: Monday, March 7, 2016

Charles Gascon, Regional Economist & coordinator in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, was the presenter at a luncheon hosted by the Chamber February 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The


Business assistance resources for our community
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee is eager to initiate the new-year with a continued focus on educational opportunities and support for business startups within the community. Program offerings such as Business


Goal in sight for certification
Published: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Representatives from State Technical College, the Missouri Career Center, Jefferson City Public Schools and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce say Cole County needs a way to quantify a skilled workforce in our area.


Leveraging our assets to defend our local economy
Published: Friday, February 12, 2016

"We need high paying jobs, but we must create and attract workforce that is able to fill those needs! There is no one answer for economic growth in Jefferson City. The question is multiple choice and the answer is all of


Economic growth more than brick and mortar
Published: Sunday, February 7, 2016

This is not my first time sitting on the Chamber Board. My first run was in the early 2000’s right before we hired Randy. Like today, it was a strong Chamber, but my experience back then was very different.


Chamber & Community Volunteers Recognized at Annual Gala
Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Chamber’s 123Rd Annual Gala “In Harmony” held January 29 honored community leaders and celebrated our community working “In Harmony’ on projects like Riverfront access at Adrian’s


Community In Harmony Video
Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Annual Gala set for January 29, 2016
Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Don’t miss the social business networking event of the year! Make plans to attend the Chamber Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony on January 29, 2016 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Highlights of the evening include a


Local Unemployment Rate Continues Its Decline
Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

For all the novice economists that follow the U.S., state and local unemployment news, you have obviously noticed a steady decline in all three areas since 2010. The overall economy has been slow to recover since the great


Making Economic Development Plans for 2016
Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

As you might be aware the local economic development efforts are executed by many partners. The primary stakeholders are the City of Jefferson, Cole County and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce. For several


Keeping the Ball Rolling in 2016
Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

“The two scariest things in life and business are momentum, and lack of it.” (author unknown) There’s one factor that professional athletes, CEO’s, and successful entrepreneurs possess. It has no


Bonnot Meets with Site Selectors in New York and New Jersey
Published: Friday, December 11, 2015

Every business knows that to generate sales you have to have good salesmen out marketing, doing business development and telling your story to increase your bottom line. The same thing holds true for our community! Whether


Small Business Saturday set for November 28
Published: Thursday, October 29, 2015

SMALL BUSINESSES UNITE! You have an opportunity to join forces and boost your holiday sales! "Small Business Saturday" is a partnership between Downtown Jefferson City, the Westside, Eastside & Southside Business


Connecting to the island and the river
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What should we do to connect to one of our greatest resources? Should we ignore it in the face of barriers created 150 years ago? What would it look like if we were able to get across the river? These are questions that have


Yanis Coffee Zone named 2015 Small Business of the Year
Published: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Their passion for coffee led Taisir and Christina Yanis to open their own coffee shop in 2003. That first year they served a maximum of 50 customers a day. Today they average more than 400 customers per day! And


VOTE for Jefferson City - Strong Communities Award
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jefferson City, MO- The community effort to bring Continental Commercial Products (CCP) to Jefferson City in 2015 is receiving national recognition. Jefferson City is one of four cities competing in the rural category for


$10,000 awarded to entrepreneurs at "Pitch It & Win It Event"
Published: Friday, September 25, 2015

Seven entrepreneurs were rewarded with start-up money for their business ideas presented at the recent "Pitch It & Win It" event. Three winners (pictured above) were awarded $2,000 and four additional winners received


Three directors appointed to Board
Published: Friday, September 25, 2015

New Board Directors appointed to fill vacancies: We welcome to the Board the following new directors who were appointed to fill the positions vacated by Adam Hogg, Tracy O'Rourke, and Patrick Menzies who accepted


Chamber Board nominations sought
Published: Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Chamber is seeking nominations of candidates for election to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. A single slate of 6 candidates is needed to fill the seats of 6 existing directors whose terms expire December 31,


Business Showcase set for October 7 - more than 100 exhibitors
Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Showcase Co-Chair Jeff DeLong - Q&A on Mediacom Newsleaders


Economic Development Team Partnerships
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jefferson City is a great community and we offer many great amenities to our residents and to our visitors. One thing we have that most people can’t visually see is a great Economic Development Team. The Chamber


A follow-up on the "Great Abate Debate"
Published: Monday, August 10, 2015

The News Tribune ran a lengthy article in the July edition of #JCMO magazine on the status of Economic Development Incentives used in Jefferson City and Cole County to attract new business and to incentivize the growth of


Vision has no boundaries- knows no limits
Published: Friday, August 7, 2015

“The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION


Seeking Nominations for 2015 Small Business of the Year & Exceptional Employee
Published: Monday, July 20, 2015

The Chamber's Small Business of the Year Award and Exceptional Employee Award will be presented October 7, 2015, in conjunction with Business Showcase 2015. For more information about the awards and for the award criteria,


Looking Back to Look Ahead
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015

“We believe total wages are the most significant measure of economic health. More wages in a community promotes and stimulates nearly all areas growth. More wages to spend on goods, services which in turn provide


Local employers & educational institutions take part in Hiring Fair at Fort Leonard Wood
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cole County’s unemployment rate typically hovers around 5% and with low rates employers are always looking for creative ways to find and hire good talent. In fact, in April the unemployment rate for Cole County dipped


StartUp Jefferson City offers support to local entrepreneurs
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What is an entrepreneur? Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” This explanation seems simple enough, but outside of


Creating an effective economic strategy
Published: Sunday, June 7, 2015

Creating an effective economic strategy "The driving force behind any effective economic strategy is talented people. A community's ability to attract and retain top talent is the defining issue of the creative age."


Chamber hosts MoDOT commissioners and staff
Published: Friday, June 5, 2015

A record crowd gathered at The Millbottom for the Chamber’s Annual MoDOT Reception and Dinner held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. This event is a unique opportunity for Jefferson City to strengthen relationships with the


Chamber's contract with City and County is cost effective
Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2014 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the 8th Annual Report


Business Attraction - a year in review
Published: Monday, April 20, 2015

At a recent project announcement Senator Kehoe was discussing Business Attraction. He used the analogy that to attract a company to a community you have to kiss a lot of frogs and turn over a lot of rocks. In 2014, we


The value of intangible assets? "PRICELESS"
Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015

From the Chamber Chair - April 2015 What do you think of when you hear the word “priceless”? Many of us may “flash back” to a favorite Mastercard commercial such as the one depicting a man and his


Business expansion activity accelerates in 2014
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Expansion activity brings investment and creates jobs, but far too often the Chamber’s continuous efforts to facilitate existing business growth is overshadowed by the desire to attract that new business to our


Continental Commercial Products coming to Jefferson City!
Published: Monday, April 13, 2015

April 1 was a big day in Jefferson City and it wasn’t an April Fool Joke when the Chamber announced a new company locating to our community! There has been quite a bit of information about this new company in the


Continental Commercial Products locating to Jefferson City, Missouri
Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To view the press conference, click here Jefferson City, MO - The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce announced today Continental Commercial Products (CCP) will be relocating their manufacturing facility to Jefferson


YP to host People's Choice Show-Me Wine Competition May 7
Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thursday, May 7th 5:00 p.m. at The Millbottom 400 West Main St. Jefferson City, MO Tickets: $25/each or 6/$125 Back by popular demand! You be the judge at this unique event hosted by the Jefferson City Young


Candidate Forums to be held Mar. 23 and Mar. 24
Published: Monday, March 2, 2015

In order to provide opportunities for Chamber members and the public to become better informed as to the positions of the candidates for Mayor, City of Jefferson; and candidates for the Board of Education of Jefferson City


Special Olympics Missouri to build Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to enter into an agreement with Jefferson City officials to locate the 44,000 sq. foot Training for Life Campus on the 15.5 acres donated by


Tuesday Topic
Published: Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday Topic Success in hiring a highly profitable & advantageous process to help prevent ever having a bad hire again Date Tuesday, February 17 Time 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided Location


Regional Economic Development vital to business attraction
Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Chamber contracts with the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole to provide economic development activities. As part of the functions we perform, one of the most challenging, for a variety of reasons, includes


Work continues on Certified Work Ready Communities
Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Local representatives from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, State Technical College of Missouri, Jefferson City Public Schools – Nichols Career Center and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce have


STC provides a myriad of economic benefits
Published: Monday, December 15, 2014

In the fall of 1961, the Linn Technical Junior College offered its first program in electronics. That same institution is now called the State Technical College of Missouri (STC), and offers more than 35 technical programs


Command Web celebrates 20 years in Jefferson City
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a printing company located on the eastern edge of Jefferson City, just off of Militia Drive, that you may have never heard of - Command Web Missouri. Even their name is a little vague as to who they are and


A city on a hill cannot be hidden
Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This familiar phrase has been on my mind this year frequently. I think of the skyline of Jefferson City, the beautiful topography of our region, and those who have gone before us and decided this would be an ideal place for


"Persistence" key to business attraction
Published: Monday, November 17, 2014

“Persistence is the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult.” (Merriam-Webster) I recently had the great opportunity to speak to a local


MISSION: POSSIBLE
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The New St. Mary’s hospital is a sight to behold. Graceful lines and eye-catching colors are complemented by lush landscaping, and a myriad of details has been put in place with an eye toward patient outcomes. The


Entrepreneurs take home cash prizes for winning business ideas
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For the third consecutive year, StartUp Jefferson City has offered entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas for a chance at winning cash awards to help support future growth plans. In total, eleven


Chamber hosts career fair for DST Systems employees
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DST Systems, Inc., a global provider of technology-based solutions, recently announced its decision to close their Jefferson City office located in the Monroe Bluffs Executive Center on December 31 of this year. The closure


Old Town Facade Program is catalyst for local investment
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Notice anything unusual in Downtown Jefferson City recently? No, I’m not talking about the choreography-afflicted zombies at the last Thursday Night Live!, although that would probably qualify as unusual. While


Focusing on GROWTH
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Growth ensures long-term vitality and resilience. Entrepreneurship can be nurtured through an ecosystem of resources that support the commercialization of new ideas. Business Growth is a primary focus of the Chamber and


Inspired by Special Olympics!
Published: Monday, November 10, 2014

Chairman's Message - November 2014 The recent State Games for the Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) were conducted again in Jefferson City and, as usual, inspirational stories and competitions were prevalent. As SOMO


Reacting Proactively
Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Although the words “reacting” and “proactive” are not often used in the same thought, there are times when our immediate reaction leads to proactive responses and problem-solving. On a daily basis,


Pitch It & Win It is just around the corner
Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

StartUp Jefferson City recently hosted a Practice Pitch session at the Chamber to assist local entrepreneurs as they consider moving their business idea to reality. The session allowed participants the opportunity to pitch


Morris Converting soon to open in Partnership Business Park
Published: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Have you heard about a company located in Jefferson City called Morris Converting? Many people haven’t! It has been over a year ago that Morris Converting, a subsidiary of Morris Packaging, selected Jefferson City as


Looking for a little INSIGHT?
Published: Monday, October 13, 2014

Looking for a little INSIGHT? If you have been born and raised in Jefferson City or been here awhile, you know about some of the great things that make this community a place you want to stay. But what about those who are


Oscar's Classic Diner named 2014 Small Business of the Year
Published: Friday, October 10, 2014

Oscar’s Classic Diner is a family-friendly diner providing home-style classic dishes, burgers, steaks and quality American “diner” fare. As native east-enders, owners Kurt and Lisa Mankin chose to locate


Chamber staff reaches out to Cole County Municipalities
Published: Sunday, September 28, 2014

As part of the Economic Development contract with the County of Cole to perform economic development services, the Chamber has been meeting with city council/alderman in municipalities in Cole County. The municipalities


MSP tours make area a destination
Published: Friday, September 26, 2014

On August 19, Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Diane Gillespie was all smiles. The function was a press conference to announce the resumption of full tours of the MSP facility, and it was a day which was long in


"Mature" ambition is everywhere!
Published: Monday, September 8, 2014

“Mature” Ambition is Everywhere! Several years ago, our pastor relayed a saying to us that has stuck with me. It was about the difference between “immature ambition” and “mature


Chamber Board Director Nominations Sought
Published: Friday, August 29, 2014

The Chamber is seeking nominations of candidates for election to a three-year term on the Board of Directors.A single slate of 6 candidates is needed to fill the seats of 6 existing directors whose terms expire December


Civic Progress Committee provides financial support for economic development issues
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014

One question that has been posed recently is “Does the Chamber use tax dollars to promote ballot issues?” Though the simple answer is “no”, you may also wonder “What is the revenue source for


Join the Innovation Campus Program!
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014

Applications are being accepted for Central Missouri Innovation Campus Program! Do you know someone that is enrolling or currently attending Lincoln University or State Technical College of Missouri and majoring in


Information Technology Roundtable addresses increasing need for IT professionals
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014

When you hear the phase “Information Technology” (IT) your first thought is perhaps Google, IBM or maybe even Apple Inc. but could you name three information technology companies located in Jefferson City? I


Cole County, Jefferson City experience slow growth
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Not to get too philosophical, but let's assume that the answer actually may be--both! Why both? Well, it's similar to the conundrum which faces the community and economic


Lincoln University is vital to area's economy
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014

When members of the 62nd and 65th colored infantries established what was then known as the Lincoln Institute in 1866, it probably would have been difficult to visualize just how important the institution they founded would


Lazy days of summer? Not so much!
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014

It’s that time of year again – we are all concluding our summer vacations, going back to school, and in general, just getting back in the groove again. For some, this may be a time of anxiety and disappointment


BIS Idea advances to Chamber Board
Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014

What does it take to have an idea move from dream to reality? Have you heard of Big Idea Sharing (BIS)? Late last year the Chamber rolled out a mechanism in which the community would have a way to voice and submit


Investment in transportation pays dividends
Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014

A few months ago, we profiled a survey from Area Development magazine which indicated that transportation accessibility is foremost in the minds of those who are considering an expansion or relocation. "It's well-known in


Chamber endorses transportation funding & county zoning
Published: Friday, July 18, 2014

Chamber endorses transportation funding and county zoning There are several issues on the August ballot this year. I hope you will take the time to study these and get out and vote! The Chamber’s Board of Directors


County Zoning Proposal worth strong consideration
Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cole County is in the process of hosting public hearings on the proposed plan to implement a zoning regulation process for the unincorporated areas of the county. I attended two of the three hearings held so far to hear the


Encouraging entrepreneurship for our future
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014

What is an entrepreneur? Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” This explanation seems simple enough, but outside of


Quality workforce becoming increasingly important to business attraction
Published: Monday, May 26, 2014

Recently I participated in a marketing trip to Chicago with the Missouri Partnership, the state’s business recruitment organization and a key economic development partner for communities. During this trip we met with


Great Legislative Session for the Jefferson City area
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session is now over and it was a very positive one for our community. The Chamber participated in discussions with the legislature this session and supported many proposals that will affect Jefferson


Transportation critical to economic development
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It is often said that economic development and transportation go hand in hand. As the Missouri Legislature considers sending the question of additional transportation funding to voters, it is worth revisiting the topic.


Chamber hosts MoDOT commissioners and staff at the new St. Mary's Health Center
Published: Monday, May 19, 2014

MoDOT Commissioner Greg Smith and MoDOT staff Eric Schroeter and Pamela Harlan discuss transportation issues at the new St. Mary's Health Center. A record crowd gathered at the new St. Mary’s Health Center for the


So what happens at the Capitol anyway?
Published: Sunday, May 18, 2014

As you are reading this article, the 2014 legislative session is now history. There is a flurry of activity to end the session and finally pass the state budget (a requirement) and many other bills. You probably just read


Hidden Spaces - Secret Places to be held Sunday, May 18
Published: Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 18: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Tickets: $5 One of Jefferson City's FAVORITE events. If you've ever been curious about some of the historic buildings in Jefferson City's core, this is an event you won't want to miss! The event


MoDOT Reception scheduled for May 13
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pictured: Bob Gilbert, 2013 Transportation Committee Chair with the MoDOT Commission Plans are underway for this year’s MoDOT Reception and Presentation. These are annual events at which Jefferson City area


Community Development in review
Published: Monday, April 21, 2014

While Community Development is generally a "looking forward" type of activity, each year we take time to look back at our work over the past year to mark our progress. Since the inception of the Community Development


Small Business outreach in 2013
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Chamber’s BEST (Business Entrepreneur Support Team) Committee addresses issues relevant to the professional, technical and small business communities by conducting seminars regarding workforce and training needs on


Chamber outlines use of resources for economic development
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2013 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the seventh Annual Report


Jammin' JC Trivia Night to feature Mike Michelson
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mike Michelson The Piano Man The Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2014 is hosting Jammin’ JC Music Trivia Night, featuring The Piano Man – Mike Michelson, on Thursday, May 1st at the Capital Mall Community


Temperate business expansion activity continues in 2013
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Chamber’s existing business program continues to work closely with local employers to identify expansion opportunities for sustainable job growth. Existing business growth at several local companies added capital


Jefferson City area hits a homerun
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Many times when we talk about Business Attraction we talk about baseball, and this time of year certainly seems appropriate for that! The process of business attraction is a bit like a baseball game. You have


Survey respondents offer feedback
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Last month, we asked Chamber Today readers, our members and the general public for feedback on the same four questions asked of our local state legislators. The results are in! This online survey was conducted over an


Attention entrepreneurs - don't miss this event!
Published: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Members of StartUp Jefferson City are working hard to get the word out about the upcoming Encouraging Entrepreneurship Event scheduled for April 26th at the Capital Event Center. The event will offer entrepreneurs an


Staring into the abyss of transportation funding
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In 1913, the State Highway Department was created by the Missouri Legislature, because the legislature recognized how important transportation infrastructure is to our state's economic well-being. Seven short years later, a


CORE hosts Central Missouri Manufacturers
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Manufacturing is a very large part of the Central Missouri area employing thousands of highly skilled people with a high wage rate. Recently Missouri CORE hosted an Executive Roundtable of the top officials in the


New Task Force created to provide support and analysis for repurposing of St. Mary's campus
Published: Monday, March 24, 2014

It is common for Chambers of Commerce to write letters of support to legislators to encourage passing legislation that benefits their community. In December, the Chamber’s Board wrote letters of support to our local


What do our local legislators say about the issues?
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The following questions regarding four legislative and budget issues were asked of our local legislators. We thank Senator Mike Keheo and Representatives Jay Barnes and Mike Bernskoetter, for their thoughtful responses.


State legislation and budget policies impact local economy
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

State legislation and budget policy impact us locally in Jefferson City and Cole County just as the legislation affects cities and counties state-wide; however, there are some issues such as state employee pay increases that


Redevelopment of St. Mary's and LU Annex ... the perfect storm
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The governor announced at a press conference on January 20, that he would be asking the legislature to appropriate $10m to acquire and repurpose a portion of the current St. Mary's hospital for Lincoln University to relocate


2014 Economic Outlook
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014

Periodically, the Chamber surveys its members about their opinion of the local, state and national economies and the direction in which they perceive them to be headed. We also ask about members’ plans and


Rescheduled for Friday - Best Practice Internship Workshop for Employers
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Internship Best Practices Worskshop for Employers has been rescheduled from Tuesday to FRIDAY, FEB. 7th, 11:30 at the Chamber. This workshop is designed for employers who are considering offering an internship


Inclement Weather Policy
Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When the Jefferson City Public School District cancels school due to inclement weather, all early-morning meetings at the Chamber are also cancelled as are ribbon cuttings scheduled for the day. For other meetings, please


Ideas are coming in - undergoing review
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Several months ago we rolled out a mechanism in which the community would have a way to voice and submit community and economic development ideas for the Jefferson City area. We created a place on our website entitled Have


From the Chamber Chair
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My wife, Rachelle, and I recently celebrated our 17th Anniversary with a short trip. It was a good time to reflect on the years past and look ahead to 2014 and beyond. So many things have changed since our engagement and


Transportation improvements essential to economic development
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Continued economic growth and commerce is dependent on continuous improvement to our transportation systems. Rivers, railroads, airports and highways are all infrastructures essential to moving people and products. We at


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