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Published by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce • • February 2011 • Volume 29, No. 2

New economic development program to support and assist existing business Nearly 75 percent of a community’s new job creation and capital investment comes from existing companies, and that is certainly true in the Springfield region. That is why supporting and assisting our existing businesses has always been part of the Chamber’s focus, and that is why the Chamber’s economic development team is implementing a new program to better serve local businesses. At its core, this economic development strategy involves talking with executives, listening to what issues they are dealing with, removing barriers to their growth, and providing assistance as they expand. The bottom line is we want employers to stay in our community, and we want to help them succeed here in the Springfield region. Already, we have seen some trends begin to emerge. Our existing business community is cautiously optimistic about 2011. Many companies will be hiring and expanding this year, and are anticipating growth compared to the previous few years. All over Springfield, companies are adding 5, 10, 30 jobs or more. Taken as a whole, this adds up to a significant amount of job creation across our community. As the new legislative session opens in Washington, D.C. and in Jefferson City, our business community is closely watching how potential changes to laws and regulations will affect their bottom lines.

To provide support and assistance, the Chamber’s economic development team and our partners are working with Springfield’s companies to move expansion projects forward, and our public affairs team is busy advocating for business. Business assistance takes a variety of forms, and we and our community partners stand ready to provide professional support. For example, there may be financial incentive programs available to expanding companies, and we can help work with our state and local partners to determine if your company is eligible. Workforce issues are extremely important for businesses. We work closely with colleges, universities, and other orga-

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nizations on job training and placement programs. We can also help you work with government entities and put you in touch with the organizations that can provide specific services to meet your needs. If you would like some assistance on an upcoming expansion, if your business is facing challenges, or if you just want to find out more about the resources that are available to your business, we can help, and we want to hear from you. Please contact Rob Dixon at 862-5567 or to schedule a meeting with our existing business support team. We look forward to serving you.

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Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Officers Chairman of the Board Jerry Harmison, Harmison & Pearman, PC Chairman-elect John Wilson, U.S. Bank Treasurer Russ Marquart, Empire Bank Assistant Treasurer Greg Horton, Integrity Home Care Vice Chairman, Community Development/Special Events Paula Adams, Penmac Staffing

Calendar Complete details and online registration information can be found at 2/1

Member Briefing

3:45-5 p.m. Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 202 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.


60 Minutes to Success: Fact or Fiction? – The Truth About Health Care Reform

Vice Chairman, Economic Development Joe Reynolds, Digital Monitoring Products

Vice Chairman, Membership Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Springfield Business Journal


Vice Chairman, Public Affairs Dave Roling, Emery Sapp & Sons

2011 Directors Tom Babik, Springfield Business Development Corporation (Ferrell-Duncan Clinic)* Andrew Baird, Conco Companies John Black, City Utilities Greg Burris, City of Springfield* Meghan Chambers, Staxx/Jelly Beans


Noon-1:30 p.m. Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 202 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.

Good Morning, Springfield! 7:30 a.m. 425 Downtown 425 W. Walnut Sponsored by 425 Downtown

Social Media Marketing Boot Camp with Sarah Evans 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Veridian Event Center 309 South Avenue

Sheila Collins, New Horizons Hardwoods Tim Connell, Connell Insurance, Inc. Don Flatau, John Deere Reman John Hancock, Prime, Inc. Dennis Heim, Heim, Young & Associates, Inc. Dr. Hal Higdon, Ozarks Technical Community College Dawn Hiles, Drury University Rick Hughlett, Rick’s Automotive Jake McWay, CoxHealth John Oke-Thomas, Oke-Thomas + Associates, Inc. Francine Pratt, Isabel’s House* Dr. Norm Ridder, Springfield Public Schools Tim Rosenbury, Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Inc.



Mid-America Technology Alliance 11:30 a.m.- Noon. Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Foster North Room 202 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.

Business After Hours 5-7 p.m. The Grande Ballroom 305 E. Walnut Sponsored by The Grande Ballroom Valet parking provided.

David Ross, The Network (Morelock-Ross Builders)*


Jeff Schrag, The Daily Events Jon Swope, St. John’s Health System Jim Viebrock, Greene County* Jim Anderson, Chamber of Commerce* *Ex-officio board member ~ Springfield Spirit is published monthly for members of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Michelle West Vice President, Communications Claire Faucett Public Relations/Interactive Media Manager Kristen Kelley Art Director Emily Denniston Public Affairs Project Manager ~ Jim Anderson President Brad Bodenhausen Executive Vice President Jennifer Dalton Vice President, Administration Sandy Howard Vice President, Public Affairs Brent McCoy Vice President, Membership Ryan Mooney Senior Vice President, Economic Development


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Legislative Breakfast Series (1 of 3) 7-8:30 a.m. Capitol Plaza Hotel 415 W McCarty St Jefferson City, MO 65101

SBDC Annual Meeting 11:30 a.m. networking; Noon-1:15 p.m. lunch Highland Springs Country Club 5400 S Highland Springs Blvd.

Business 2 Business A.M. 7:30-9 a.m.

Chairman’s Message

Jerry Harmison

Board Report New 2011 Chamber Board Members Approved Jerry Harmison, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, presided over his first meeting of the Chamber board on January 18. The board approved several appointments to Chamber volunteer leadership positions for 2011. Tim Connell, Connell Insurance, Inc.; Jerry Harmison, Harmison & Pearman, P.C. and Dennis Heim, Heim, Young & Associates, Inc., were approved to serve one-year terms. Ex-officio directors for 2011 will be Greg Burris, City of Springfield; Francine Pratt, Isabel’s House, NAACP and Jim Viebrock, Greene County. The board also approved chairmen for Chamber committees and task forces (see list page 4).

When I think about the direction that the Chamber has established for 2011, the film “Back to the Future” comes to mind. In order to prepare our community for a successful future we must return to our foundation. We must direct our focus toward the basic needs and expectations of our members--economic development. Our economy is in recovery. We are seeing signs of positive growth. But the process is slow. In 2010, the Chamber took steps toward addressing two long-term, big picture challenges facing our community---a culture of poverty and a lack of diversity. Those challenges did not emerge in a year’s time and we knew they

would not be solved within a year. We will continue moving in the right direction on those issues, but in 2011, your Chamber will also return to its roots. We cannot hope to solve larger scale issues if our core is not strong. Our mission to serve as an advocate for business, to support and assist existing business and to promote the economic health of the Springfield area will be on the forefront as we intensify our focus on strengthening a positive business climate for our community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Chamber as Chairman in 2011. I look forward to working with you to grow our local economy and continue to create opportunities for business.

Economic Development Activity Tracker The activity tracker measures the year-to-date level of economic development project activity (prospects) in the Springfield region. The Chamber and its economic development subsidiary, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, serve as the lead business expansion and attraction entities for Springfield and the surrounding 10-county region. Also measured are the number of local business visits staff has conducted, as well as visits with site selection consultants and organizations making location decisions in our region. Total New Prospects Existing Companies New Companies Current Active Projects Business Visits (inside market) Consultant/Business Visits (outside of market) Prospect Site Visits (to region)

2 2 0 10 9 0 0

Announced Projects (0):

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2011 Committee Chairs Community Development/Special Events Department

Public Affairs Department

Vice Chairman – Paula Adams, Penmac Staffing

Manufacturers Roundtable Chairman – David Dieselberg, John Deere Reman

Non-Profit Roundtable Chairman –Bart Brown, Ozarks Food Harvest

Transportation Committee Chairman – Kelly Turner, Olsson Associates

Economic Development Department

Membership Department

Governmental Relations Committee Chairman – Brent Singleton, Heim, Young & Associates

Vice Chairman – Joe Reynolds, Digital Monitoring Products International Business Council Chairman – Laura Beaver, New Horizons Hardwoods Education & Workforce Solutions Advisory Group Chairman – Tim Baltes, SRC Heavy Duty The Network (additional investment required) Chairman –David Ross, Morelock-Ross Builders Vice Chairman – Brad Erwin, Paragon Architecture Development Issues Input Group Chairman – Dan Compas, Murney Associates


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Vice Chairman – Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Springfield Business Journal/SBJ Publishing,Inc. Ambassadors (membership by appointment) Chairman – Chris Louzader, Midwest Family Broadcast Group Business After Hours Committee Chairman – Paul Devlin, APLUS Payroll Limited Chairman’s Club Chairman – Scott Schoettlin, Riverwalk Wealth Management Red Carpet Committee Chairman – Kristy Chastain, Arvest Bank Small Business Council Chairman – Steve Counts, Digital Print Ink

Vice Chairman – Dave Roling, Emery Sapp & Sons

Vice Chairman – Ryan DeBoef, Husch Blackwell, LLP Local Issues Public Policy Task Force (membership by appointment)* Chairman – Gary Powell, Husch Blackwell, LLP Voice of Business Committee (membership by appointment) Chairman – Chip Sheppard, Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, PC School Board Candidate Endorsement Committee Chairman – David Karr, Conco Companies Past Chairmen’s Advisory Council Chairman – Andy Lear, BKD, LLP

DermaHealth builds confidence you’ll notice

Spotlight DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic • Owner: Cheryl Briggs • Address: 1902-A E. Battlefield

By Danielle Capps, Communications Intern

Springfield, MO 65804

• Phone: (417) 447-7777 • Website:

• Products/Services:

Skin Care

Take advantage of your Members Only benefits Cheryl Briggs, owner of Derma Health Laser & Skin Care Clinic, and her treatment span over the course of 1 ½ years.

DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic provides clients with the best medical and latest laser technology in aesthetic skin care treatments and the “confidence” that comes with feeling great about yourself. DermaHealth is a locally owned medical aesthetic clinic offering services that include laser liposuction, sun damage repair, laser vein erasure, permanent cosmetics, acne treatments, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers and much more. All procedures are performed by licensed medical professionals. “Everything we do is about confidence,” says owner Cheryl Briggs. “Confidence in DermaHealth that you’ll receive professional, honest, quality treatments, while rebuilding and strengthening confidence in yourself.” DermaHealth provides medical treatments to fit a wide range of problems and budgets. Skin care products, procedures, and equipment are carefully researched to ensure clients are provided with the best, most affordable treatments to fit their specific needs.

In July 2010, DermaHealth was named as a finalist in the Springfield Business Journal’s Economic Impact awards. DermaHealth was honored as one of the top three economically effective companies in the Springfield area that have been in business less than ten years.

Treatments offered include: 10 lasers Fat & Cellulite Wrinkle & fine Lines Sun Damage Repair Permanent Cosmetics Acne Aesthetics Teeth Whitening Medical Grade Safe Tan ……and more

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Your Chamber Annual meeting for economic development investors

The Springfield Business Development Corporation, the Chamber’s economic development subsidiary, will be hosting its 2011 Annual Meeting on February 17 at Highland Springs Country Club. The annual meeting is designed to bring together Partnership for Prosperity II investors, celebrate economic development, recognize board service and look forward to the coming year. Keynote speaker David Kerr, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, will give attendees insight into the statewide strategic action plan and describe his vision for statewide economic development in the coming years. The event starts with networking at 11:30 a.m., with the lunch and program from noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration is open for SBDC investors; tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Register online, or learn more about becoming an investor.

Small Business Award – still time to sponsor! Each year, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Small Business Award Luncheon to celebrate small business success in our area and present the W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. This year it will be held on May 4, at the Doubletree Hotel. As one of the Chamber’s most prestigious events, the award luncheon provides sponsors the opportunity to be recognized by hundreds of Springfield’s small business professionals and service providers. There


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are still spotlight sponsorships available, with benefits that include the sponsor’s name or logo in the event invitations and programs, in the Springfield Spirit newsletter, and on the video screen during the event. The sponsorship is $500. For more information, contact Jen Johnson at (417) 862-5567.

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William Darr honored as 2011 Springfieldian

Marsha Slaight and Sherry Hellweg accepted the 2011 Springfieldian Award on behalf of their father, William Darr.

Top: William Darr, recipient of the 2011 Springfieldian Award. Middle: Brian Fogle, 2010 Springfieldian, congratulated William Darr’s daughter, Sherry Hellweg . Bottom: Rev. Mark and Katie Struckoff congratulated Marsha Slaight, William Darr’s daughter. 8

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William H. Darr, founder of American Dehydrated Foods, Inc., International Dehydrated Foods, Inc., and the Darr Family Foundation, was honored January 28 with the Springfieldian Award presented by the Chamber at its 2011 Annual Meeting. For more than 50 years, the Chamber has honored an outstanding individual for leadership and commitment to our community. The Springfieldian Award is presented to a citizen who has exemplified outstanding community service, excellence in his or her chosen profession and dedication to improving the quality of life for Springfield and its citizens. Darr founded American Dehydrated Foods (ADF) in 1978, International Dehydrated Foods (IDF) in1982 and Food Ingredients Technology Company (FITCO) in 1990. Darr’s business success with ADF, IDF, and FITCO, helped fund the creation of the Darr Family Foundation in 2002, which continues to be primarily funded by the Darr family. The foundation’s mission is to “to find and support organizations delivering effective services that assist individuals in reaching their potential, especially young persons and those from disadvantaged

circumstances.” Recent grant recipients include Discovery Center of Springfield, Isabel’s House – Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, The Victim Center, Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. “You can hardly move in this town without seeing the things that he has impacted. He has been so generous to so many organizations across a wide breadth of types of organizations. All of which have been done to make this a better community,” said Dr. Karen Scott, Lost & Found. In 2000, Darr gave a major gift to Missouri State University’s (then SMSU) Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center, which prompted MSU to change the facilities’ name to the Darr Agricultural Center. Darr continues to fund facility improvements and expansions. “His dream is just to make something better for other people. And all of the gifts he has given not only to our organization but to others are because he wants to make a difference in somebody’s life,” Dr. Anson Elliott, Missouri State University.

Leadership Springfield Name: Brent Baldwin Job Title: Senior Vice President Leadership Springfield Class: 18 What does your job Brent Baldwin entail? My main role is as a commercial lender, managing a portfolio of existing loans, working with clients to satisfy their financing needs, and seeking new customer relationships for the bank. I am also responsible for the overall operations and efficiency of the BancorpSouth branch on East Sunshine. What did you gain from Leadership Springfield? Leadership Springfield was a great experience for me. My

knowledge of Springfield and its government, health care, and education is much improved. Without Leadership Springfield, I would not have been introduced to Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, Child Advocacy Center, and Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, all organizations which I have served in leadership roles. The most rewarding part of my Leadership Springfield year was developing lifelong friendships with the members of my class. What’s your favorite memory from LS? We had a great class, very outgoing and fun to be around. The initial retreat was unforgettable, so many good times. The second retreat was very forgettable as we struggled so much to identify our group project, but fortunately we all came together in the end and had a very successful event.

ting, understanding different personality types, and seeing another person’s perspective. I also gained a great respect for my community. Do you remain in contact with any LS alums from your class? yes, with many What do you do in your free time? My free time is spent with my family attending the kids’ various sport events and practices. Once in a while, I’m able to get in a round of golf or two. Volunteer work? yes Anything else you want to share? I still think my program day group has the record for the most time spent (at least 20 hours) planning its day.

Most important lesson from your Leadership Springfield class? I am much better at working in a group set-

Calendar of Events February 10-11 Spring Retreat-Class XXVII Hilton Promenade Branson Landing

February 16, 2011 Life 101-Academy Class XXI

February 22, 2011 Board of Directors Chamber of Commerce

Academy Class XXI students enjoyed touring the Askinosie Chocolate Factory. They learned the entire process of making chocolate from the pod to the bar. Students enjoyed samples and visiting with Shawn Askinosie. Springfield Spirit |


Membership Renewals Thank you for renewing The Chamber encourages members to do business with other Chamber members. Please consider these renewing members and new members the next time you have a need for products/services. AAA Missouri

The Grande Ballroom

Realty Mortgage & Appraisals, Inc.

Advanced ColorPrint

Greater Springfield Board of Realtors

Rick’s Automotive

American Business Systems Co., Inc.

Grindstone Construction, Inc.

SRC Electrical

Anderson Engineering, Inc.

Harshman Chiropractic Clinic

Safety Council of the Ozarks

APLUS Payroll Limited

HealthMEDX, Inc.

Securitas Security Services USA

Associated Wholesale Grocers

HealthPointe Insurance Solutions, LLC

Shred-It Springfield

Best Security Services, ADT Authorized Dealer

Herrman Lumber Co.

Siemens Energy, Inc.

Hlavacek, Morris, McIntyre, Yates & Danielson, PC

Smurfit-Stone Container

Best Storage Brad Bradshaw, MD, JD, LC Branson Airport, LLC

Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield

Southwest Missouri Office on Aging Specialty Electrical Professionals, LLC

Husch Blackwell LLP

Springfield Grocer Co.

International Division, Inc.

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

J C Penney Co.

Springfield Ready Mix Co.

J.D. Dickinson Compressor Co.

Springfield Supply Co.

Jay Key Service, Inc.

Sprint Nextel

Cheesecakes & More, Inc.

Johnston Industrial Supply Co., Inc.

Sunbelt Environmental Services, Inc.

Coffman and Company, PC


Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac

Colonial Supplemental Insurance

Keller Williams Realty Greater Springfield

UMB Bank, NA

Comfort Inn & Conference Center

Lockwell Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC

U.S. Bank

Copy Products, Inc.

May Motor Co.

The Vision Clinic

Council of Churches of the Ozarks

McLoud & Co., LLC

Wells Fargo Advisors

Coyote’s Adobe Cafe

Mille’s Cafe

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Ming Auto Beauty Center

Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches

Creekside at Elfindale

Moseley’s Discount Office Products

Whole Hog Cafe

Culpepper Place at Chesterfield Village

Nabholz Construction Services

Wickman Gardens

Cycle 3 IT Staffing

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Aaron Tanner


Bridges For Youth CB Laser, Home of Nixa Office Supply Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe Chateau On The Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center

DJ Roofing Supply, Inc. Discovery Center of Springfield, Inc. Electronic Video Systems Evans & Dixon, LLC Farmers Gastropub Food 4 Less GHN | Architects Engineers Gibson & Associates Professional Claims Management, Inc.

Olsson Associates Ozark Flag Distributors Ozark Industrial Lighting, Inc. Papa John’s Pizza Plaza Towers Print Group, Inc. Queen City Roofing & Contracting Co. Quest Capital Alliance, LLC

Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel

Quincy Magoo’s Restaurant & Pub

Governmental Services Group, Inc.

Ramada Oasis Convention Center


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Yates Promotions

New Members Welcome to our newest members Brookhaven Health Care 3405 W. Mt. Vernon Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 874-9600 Nursing Homes - Skilled Nursing Facility

Northern Summit 5335-A S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 877-0395 Computer Networking

Classy Chassis Limousine 230 E. Weaver Road Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 379-2955 Limousine Service

Rapid Roberts, Inc. 1840 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 890-1111 Convenience Stores

Flo Eatery & Wine Bar 2925 E. Battlefield, #105 Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 886-0356 Restaurants - Fine Dining

The Rebecca Grille 209 E. Walnut Springfield, MO 65806 (417) 863-7000 Restaurants - Fine Dining

Fulton Communications 4650 S. National, A-6 Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 823-8200 Telephone Equipment & Services

Show-Me STATE GAMES 2250 S. Maryland Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 368-0487 Area Attractions

Healing Hands Massage Therapy & Skin Care 4145-G S. McCann Court Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 886-2600 Spas

Sunshine Health Mart Pharmacy 1536 W. Sunshine Street Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 863-0002 Pharmacies, Prescription Forwarding Services

Ribbon Cuttings Minsky’s Pizza – January 1 900 E. Battlefield Rd.

CoxHealth Network – January 27 3354 S National Ave.

Lobby Display Business providing floral arrangements in John Q. Hammons Enterprise Center

Wickman Gardens 1345 S. Fort Ave. (417) 862-3707

ID360 4600 W. Kearney St., #360 Springfield, MO 65803 (417) 866-0360 Marketing - Online Intrepid USA Home Health 4305 S. National Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 833-5118 Home Health Services

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