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Published by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce • • January 2012 • Volume 30, No. 1

Chamber Board opposes E-Verify ballot issue The Chamber Board of Directors voted December 19 to oppose an upcoming ballot issue that would require all Springfield employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring new employees. City of Springfield voters will consider the proposed ordinance February 7, 2012. Initiated by the Ozarks Minutemen as a means to locally address the issue of illegal immigration, the proposed ordinance also stipulates penalties including fines, suspension or revocation of business licenses for businesses that hire anyone who isn’t eligible to work in the United States for any reason. E-Verify is a free database, maintained by the Department of Homeland Security, that employers can voluntarily use to check whether a new employee is legally authorized to work in the United States. The Springfield E-Verify proposal is one of numerous city, county and state laws being advanced nationally to curb illegal immigration. However, the Springfield ordinance goes further than most because it includes fines for non-compliant businesses. Currently, state and local governments are allowed to require the use of

E-Verify but they are not allowed to impose civil or criminal penalties beyond the suspension of business licenses. This distinction was the Chamber Board’s primary concern in voicing its opposition to the proposal. The Board position follows the recommendation of the Chamber’s Local Issues Public Policy Task Force, which identified two major concerns with the proposed ordinance: 1) The E-Verify ordinance contains provisions that are illegal. Overall, the proposed ordinance is written in a vague and overly broad way that creates too much uncertainty and legal risk for the City and its businesses. Specifically, the proposed fines the City would levy on non-compliant businesses are not legal and would result in significant costs to the City in defending the ordinance when those fines are challenged in a lawsuit. 2) The problem this ordinance is designed to address is a national issue that should be addressed at the federal level. Attacking the issue of illegal immigration at the local level only creates a patchwork of different laws, placing some

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communities at a competitive disadvantage due to the increased level of government regulation facing business owners. Local small businesses should not be mandated to bear the burden of addressing this national issue. The Chamber’s concerns with the proposed ordinance are not concerns about the E-Verify system itself. In fact, many Springfield businesses (especially large employers) already use the federal pilot program, and most have found it to be an efficient and effective process. “This ballot issue aims to fix a problem that has not proven to be a significant challenge facing our community,” said Chamber Chairman Jerry Harmison. “Illegal immigration is a national issue and it should not be addressed by means of a City ordinance – especially one that contains illegal provisions that place an unnecessary cost and burden on local small businesses.” Springfield voters should reject this unnecessary and unlawful proposal. Chamber members are encouraged to vote “no” on February 7.


VOTE NO February 7th

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Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Officers Chairman of the Board John Wilson, JSW Consulting Chairman-elect Brian Fogle, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Treasurer Jake McWay, CoxHealth

Complete details and online registration information can be found at 1/11

Business2Business Connection Luncheon

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


Assistant Treasurer John Black, City Utilities Vice Chairman, Community Development/Special Events Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Springfield Business Journal/SBJ Publishing, Inc. Vice Chairman, Economic Development Dr. Hal Higdon, Ozarks Technical Community College Vice Chairman, Membership Dawn Hiles, Drury University Vice Chairman, Public Affairs Jeff Schrag, The Daily Events



2012 Directors Tim Bellanti, Associated Wholesale Grocers Meghan Chambers, Staxx/Jelly Beans Tim Connell, Connell Insurance, Inc. Don Flatau, John Deere Reman Jeffrey Gower, Wil Fischer Distributing Co. John Hancock, Prime, Inc. Jerry Harmison, Harmison & Pearman, P.C. Tom Hilmes, CNH Reman Matt Morrow, Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield John Oke-Thomas, Oke-Thomas + Associates, Inc. Sylvia Propps, 3M Co. Linda Ramey-Greiwe, Springfield News-Leader Dave Roling, Emery Sapp & Sons Jeff Schrag, The Daily Events Jon Swope, St. John’s Health System 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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Business After Hours 5-7 p.m. Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac 1555 E. Independence St.

2012 Springfield/Branson Regional Salute to Missouri Legislators 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. The Capitol Plaza Hotel 415 W. McCarty St. Jefferson City, MO 65101

Annual Meeting 2012 6-9 p.m. University Plaza Trade Center 625 St. Louis

Good Morning, Springfield! 7:30-8:30 a.m. Mercy Hospital Springfield - McAuley Conference Center 1235 E. Cherokee Street

Board Report Chamber board approves legislative agenda Business issues that will be lobbied by the Chamber during the 2012 legislative session were approved by the board of directors during its December 19 meeting. Both the state and federal legislative agendas are available for view on the Chamber’s website. The board also voted to oppose the E-Verify ballot issue (see separate story page 1). And the board approved the operating budget for 2012 as presented by Jennifer Dalton, vice president, administration.

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)

30 22 8 17 101 72 4

Announced Projects (12): Digital Monitoring Products, Roma of Springfield, John Deere Reman, Gold Mountain Communications, American Products, PROFormance Powertrain, HealthMEDX, Nowata Printing, Undercover Trucks, Paul Mueller, CNH Reman, Diamond International. Through 12/31/2011. Springfield Spirit |


Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Officers

New leaders to guide 2012 Chamber board

Chairman John Wilson JSW Consulting, LLC

Chairman-Elect Brian Fogle Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Treasurer Jake McWay CoxHealth

Assistant Treasurer John Black City Utilities

Vice Chairman, Community Development/ Special Events Dr. Jennifer Jackson Springfield Business Journal/ SBJ Publishing, Inc.

Vice-Chairman, Economic Development Dr. Hal Higdon Ozarks Technical Community College

Vice-Chairman, Membership Dawn Hiles Drury University

Vice-Chairman, Public Affairs Jeff Schrag The Daily Events


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Ozarksentertainment specializes in FUN! Ozarksentertainment, LLC, takes event planning and management to a whole new level. They not only provide rental space and equipment for fundraisers, weddings and corporate events, but they can also create and manage the entire event for you. “At Ozarksentertainment, our true passion is casino night! …We focus our expertise in running professional casino nights. Our other services are run by the best at their field as well,” says Robert Devore, managing partner. Casino game options include combinations of craps, roulette, blackjack, poker, and slot machines. Need a stylish way to get your guest to and from your casino night? They’ve got that covered too. Rent from a variety of limousines, exotic vehicles like a Hummer or F250 Harley Davison to regular shuttles. “Our other services we offer we

have done the research, interviewed the owners, and trust that they are the best at what they do and that is why we offer it. Not only do you know you have the best run casino in town, you know any other service you book has been qualified to be the same quality,” says Devore. In addition to casino night events, Ozarksentertainment offers the Gamin’ Ride party, which is a video arcade on wheels geared toward all ages, seating up to 16 players. New to its offerings includes a photo booth and Hollywood-style spotlights. Founded two years ago, and growing rapidly, Ozarksentertainment remains focused on maintaining a high level of integrity in providing only quality events to its clients. “We cannot do business any other way,” says Devore.

Spotlight Ozarksentertainment, LLC • Managing Partner: Robert Devore • Address: 1740-R S. Glenstone Avenue

Springfield, MO 65804

• Phone: (417) 987-1546 • Website:

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Time to nominate for the 20th anniversary Small Business Award Since 1992, the Chamber has celebrated the impact of small business in the Springfield area with a Small Business Award Luncheon each May. This year’s luncheon will mark the 20th anniversary of the W. Curtist Strube Award, presented to one of the top five finalists in the Chamber’s annual competition and named for W. Curtis Strube, the late director of the Breech School of Business at Drury University and an avid supporter of small business. The Chamber’s Small Business Council, which was founded by Strube and hosts the annual competition, is now seeking nominations for the 2012 W. Curtis

Advertising space available on the Chamber’s community map The Chamber will be working with Chamber member, Spring Hill Press, to publish a 2012-2013 Springfield area map. The map will be made available on request to Chamber members, visitors, residents and potential new residents. This is a great opportunity for your business or organization to get its name in front of a large audience. Representatives from Spring Hill Press will be contacting members to offer advertising/promotional opportunities on the new map. Map advertising will be made available to Chamber members only. To secure a premium advertising position on the map, you may contact Spring Hill Press at (800) 627-8141.


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Strube Award. Any Chamber member in good standing, with 50 employees or less (organization-wide), can be nominated. Click here to submit a confidential nomination online. Nominations will be accepted until February 1st. Chamber staff and Small Business Council volunteers will contact the nominees and walk them through the simple application process. Nominees will have approximately five weeks to compile a written packet that covers company history, business or management philosophy, response to challenges, innovative products or services offered and community-

oriented contributions. The application does not require companies to disclose financials or host site visits. The application packets are scored by an independent panel of judges that includes the previous year’s Small Business Award recipient, business assistance providers, and local business leaders selected by the Small Business Council. Five applicants will be named as finalists, with the award recipient announced at the 2012 Small Business Award Luncheon on May 2 at The Tower Club. For more information about the luncheon or the application process, please contact Jen Johnson.

2012 Annual passes now available for Business After Hours and Good Morning, Springfield! When you purchase an annual pass to Good Morning Springfield! and/or Business After Hours, you receive a discounted rate and the convenience of a one-time charge for your business or professional organization. With an annual pass, there is no need for advance registration every month and if you are unable to attend, your pass can be transferred to someone else within your company! About the events: Good Morning, Springfield! Find out what’s happening in our

community at Good Morning, Springfield!, while you enjoy breakfast. Each month we cover timely topics and provide updates from leaders of the City of Springfield, Greene County, Springfield Public School System and the Chamber. Buy Now! Business After Hours Make new connections with potential customers and colleagues at Business After Hours, a relaxed networking event that begins each month at 5 pm. There’s always good food and drink, along with door prizes. Buy Now.

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The Salute to Missouri Legislators Coalition invites you to join leaders from the Springfield region to host the 27th annual Salute reception on January 25, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Acting as a business advocate for the Springfield region is a top priority for the Chamber. Our advocacy efforts include collaboration in a number of legislative partnerships, including the Salute Coalition. The Salute reception provides Chamber members with an opportunity to discuss important legislative priorities with members of the statewide legislative delegation as well as other elected officials from around the state. Whether heavily involved in the state legislative process or just beginning to explore ways to utilize the advocacy portion of your Chamber membership, all Chamber members are encouraged to attend. Tickets are available for $35 per person, which includes complimentary bus transportation to and from Jefferson City on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for this event,


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please contact Emily Denniston in the public affairs department. For more information on the Salute Coalition, including a full list of sponsors, please click here.

Leadership Springfield Leadership Springfield is accepting applications for Class XXVIII

Leadership Springfield Class XXVII went high tech for their Communications and Technology Program Day. The organizers produced a great video agenda for the day.

Leadership Springfield offers you a unique opportunity to broaden your understanding of community issues, improve your leadership skills, and connect with community leaders while developing relationships with a diverse group of other committed leaders. Applications for Leadership Springfield Class XXVIII will be available on the Leadership Springfield website on January 16, 2012-March 16, 2012. You may download an application at For more information, contact Kim Everest at 417-862-5567 or

Find Leadership Springfield on Facebook to keep in touch and find out about upcoming events!

Class XXVII members Mike Finch and Gary Sorrells try their hand as anchors on the KSPR set

Academy Class XXII students enjoyed touring McLane Company on their Business Day program day! 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. Abacus CPAs, LLC

Hiland Dairy Co.

Ozarks Regional YMCA

Alzheimer’s Association Southwest Missouri Chapter

Horst/Tymon, Inc.

PFI Western Store


Huckstep & Associates, LLC

Pinnacle Family Advisors

IPA Educational Supplies

Positronic Industries, Inc.

J C Penney Co.

Presleys’ Country Jubilee

Keller Williams Realty Greater Springfield

Primerica-Chip Kidd

Knight Heating & Air Conditioning

Quik Cash 567


Rapid Roberts, Inc.

Kollmeyer & Co., LLC

Rich Kramer Construction, Inc.

L.J. Scharnhorst Floorcovering, Inc.

Rivendale Institute of Learning II, Inc.

Lakeland Regional Hospital

Russell Cellular, Inc.

Law Offices of PalmerOliver, PC

S M C Electric

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

SAAFhouse Spay-Neuter Clinic

Mark E. Adkins Insurance Agency, Inc.

Shaughnessy Paper Co.

Marshall-Waters-Woody Associates, Inc.

Siemens Energy, Inc.

Medi-Transit of Springfield

Springfield Engineering Co.

Mid-Missouri Bank

State Farm Insurance Agency - Rob Akers

Midwest Window & Door Corp.

The Courts, LLC

Missouri Enterprise in Southwest Missouri

The Drain Strainer

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe

Missouri State University - Jordan Valley Innovation Center

The Pie Box

Gerken Environmental Enterprise

Nakato Japanese Steak House

Governmental Services Group, Inc.

Naught-Naught Agency

Touch Restaurant

Grace Energy Corp.

Northern Summit

Greenlawn Fertilizer

NorthStar Battery Co., LLC

Grindstone Construction, Inc.

O’Bannon Bank

GuildMaster, Inc.

Olsson Associates

H & R Block, Inc.

Ozarks Community Hospital

Bank of America Bass Pro Shops Benefits Unlimited BKD, LLP Bus Andrews Truck Equipment, Inc. Casey’s General Store CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Clear Creek Vehicles Colonial Supplemental Insurance ColorGraphic Printing, Inc. Courtyard by Marriott CSL Plasma Services Culpepper Place at Chesterfield Village Daily & Rosen, DDS, LLC Drury University Food 4 Less


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Therapy Support, Inc. TSYS Merchant Solutions U.S. Photonics, Inc. Volvo Rents Construction Equipment Wickman Gardens

New Members Welcome to our newest members Aesthetic Med Studio 1824-C S. Lone Pine Springtfield, MO 65804 (417) 889-5274 Medical Spa

DFI - Solutions in Print 2833 E. Battlefield, #108 Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 865-4544 Printing Company

Southern Missouri Judicial Services 1111 N. Boonville Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 881-2626 Organizations-Professional

Bennett Capital Partners 3107 S. White Oak Terrace Springfield, MO 65809 (417) 861-8440 Mergers & Acquisitions

Famous Dave’s BBQ 4406 S. Campbell Avenue Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 877-8646 Restaurants-Casual Dining

The Sweet Spot Cakery 5406 S. Gray Fox Court Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 849-4229 Catering

Bohl & House, LLC 1740-P S. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 882-2500 Accountants

Greenlight Online Marketing 4650 S. National, D-9 Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 262-6900 Marketing-Online

Carpenters’ District Council 4639 W. Pfeiffer Court Springfield, MO 65803 (417) 831-2356 Unions

Johnson Controls 9850 Legler Road Lenexa, KS 66219 (913) 307-4289 Building Materials

Computer Recycling Center, LLC 1434 N. National Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 866-2588 Recycling

Kay Fulnecky and Associates 2733 E. Battlefield, #137 Springfield, MO 65804 (571) 277-0513 Healthcare Services-Infection Control

Customer Help Assessment PO Box 85 Ozark, MO 65721 (417) 812-6011 Mystery Shoppers

Missouri State University International Programs 901 S. National Avenue Springfield, MO 65897 (417) 836-4416 International Programs

Dark Ops Holdings 2231 W. Sunset Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 883-9444 Manufacturers

Rafael Diamonds & Design Studio 106 Four Seasons Center, #102-C Chesterfield, MO 63017 (314) 495-5586 Jewelry-Retail

Ribbon Cuttings The Hamels Foundation – January 24 420 W. College

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

Linda’s Flowers

1225 West Battlefield Road (417) 883-6861

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