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In a move indicative of proactive legislative response to economic crises, the Missouri House of Representatives recently passed the "Protecting Missouri's Small Businesses Act" (HB 2874). This legislation comes as a beacon of hope for small businesses across Missouri, offering a substantial package aimed at mitigating the adverse effects caused by emergency shutdown orders, particularly those enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of HB 2874, its implications, key provisions, and the broader context of its development and anticipated impact. more
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet at noon Tuesday at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 1449 Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains.  more
Amanda Hamilton, the branch manager for West Plains Bank and Trust Company in Houston, marks a milestone this month, celebrating her third anniversary with the institution. Her time at West Plains Bank highlights a successful journey in the banking industry that began 16 years ago when she first dipped her toes into the financial world, seeking a job that would accommodate her family’s needs. more
Officials with the Missouri State University-West Plains office of advancement and the MSU Foundation invite alumni, friends and community members to the annual Alumni & Friends Picnic May 2 in the exhibit hall at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. more
A fundraiser supporting classroom innovation grants from the West Plains Education Foundation has been launched, offering an opportunity to enter for a chance to win $5,000 in cash. more
FNBC Bank has joined Ozarks Small Business Incubator as a Champion member. more
The Ozarks Small Business Incubator, 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains, will host its ninth annual National Small Business Week celebration May 2. more
Officials with the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce announce the upcoming Talk Derby to Me  Kentucky Derby party, to be held at 4:30 p.m. May 4 in the upstairs meeting room in the Ferguson Building in downtown Willow Springs. more
Fidelity Communications has begun accepting spring 2024 applications for the company’s Charitable Giving Fund, which annually awards $250,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The application period began April and requests will be accepted through April 30. more
While officials have no way of knowing what kind of crowds will be present for the April 8 total solar eclipse in Willow Springs, the local chamber of commerce has made arrangements for some “safe-viewing” areas where eclipse-watchers can bring chairs, have picnics, tailgate andset up cameras to enjoy the event, announces Director Kim McCormick. more
Area author Donna Brown, writing under the pen name Cygnet Brown, has written a new book focused on the newly created Wild and Scenic Riverway in Oregon County, called "Oregon County, Wild and Scenic." more
Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 7,800 jobs in February, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from January’s 3.3%, report officials with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development Economic Research and Information Center, which provided all of the data presented here in its Monthly Jobs Report. more
“2023 was a great year for the Ozarks Small Business Incubator — our team spent nearly 600 hours working one-on-one with 143 unique business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs,” OzSBI officials announced. “We helped start 15 new businesses in our service area ranging from consulting to coffee shops to dog boarding.” more
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