Missouri Business Headlines

Federal disaster loans now available in Missouri counties impacted by storms and floods

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As Missourians work to recover from flooding and tornado activity, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Missouri businesses and residents in impacted counties. The SBA has also opened a business recovery center in Jefferson City to help Missouri businesses access all available resources following the […]

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Women leaders gather for professional development summit in Columbia

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On July 12, women from across the state gathered in Columbia for a day of networking and professional development with experts in a variety of careers. Women in Leadership is a new Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry event, launched in partnership with the Columbia, Mo. Women’s Network. With segments featuring women leaders from a […]

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Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 514, expanding small employers’ access to health insurance options

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Health insurance expenses and the pressures of the federal Affordable Care Act are major concerns for companies across Missouri, and these burdens are felt most acutely by small businesses. In response to this, a new type of health insurance came to Missouri. Called a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA), this model enables smaller employers to join together […]

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Gov. Parson gives special protections to critical infrastructure by signing House Bill 355

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Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill to protect the state’s pipelines and other critical infrastructure from harmful acts of trespassing and tampering. House Bill 355, sponsored by Rep. Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis), creates stronger penalties for individuals who willfully damage or willfully trespass onto critical infrastructure facilities. The Missouri Chamber was an active supporter […]

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Missouri business community applauds Gov. Parson signing Senate Bill 68 into law

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On July 10, Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 68 into law, a piece of legislation that will bolster Missouri’s economic development and workforce programs. Senate Bill 68 was sponsored by Sen. Lincoln Hough, a Republican from Springfield. The provisions in the bill were recommendations of the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Workforce2030 Report released in 2018, […]

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No longer the nation’s courtroom — Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 7

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In an effort to improve Missouri’s legal climate and compete for jobs, Gov. Mike Parson has signed Senate Bill 7, stopping greedy trial attorneys from flooding Missouri courtrooms with out-of-state claims. The new law reforms the state’s venue and joinder laws, stopping the flow of thousands of out-of-state cases into Kansas City and St. Louis […]

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Debbie Dewey elected to the Missouri Chamber Board of Directors

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Debbie Dewey has been elected to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors. As president of Missouri American Water, Dewey drives the company’s operational results and strengthens customer, regulatory and local government relationships. “Without the commitment and direction of the hundreds of men and women who have served on our board over […]

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Border war truce signed into law

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Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law the border war bill, legislation aimed at ending the flow of wasteful economic incentive dollars between Kansas and Missouri. Gov. Parson signed Senate Bill 182 during a ceremony at Kansas City’s Union Station. The bill is an effort to curb the practice of shuffling jobs across the Missouri/Kansas […]

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Jefferson City Tornado Update

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Friends, As you probably have heard, an EF-3 tornado hit Jefferson City at around 11:45pm last night. Though the damage citywide is extensive, thankfully there have been no fatalities. The tornado came within blocks of our headquarters, but our building took only very minor damage. The Missouri Chamber was back open for business by 1pm. […]

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Preparing the workforce with One Start, Fast Track legislation

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Missouri had a wake-up call in 2015 when the Missouri 2030 Gallup survey showed that only 44 percent of the state’s business leaders were satisfied with the availability of skilled workers. Since then, the Missouri Chamber has been leading the charge to bring new workforce programs to the state while also working to align Missouri’s […]

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