LLCC apprenticeship program builds tech skills

By Cinda Ackerman Klickna “Let’s build talent, not buy talent,” says Brenda Elliott, director of apprenticeship programming at Lincoln Land Community College. The program, only in existence for a year, was developed as a way for local businesses to fill needed information technology positions while offering LLCC students a path for a career or career [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Nonprofits adapt to COVID-19 – Demand for services increases while fundraising options are reduced

By Carey Smith For many Americans, leaning heavily on social service agencies has gotten them through the pandemic. But how have these nonprofits adapted and coped with the increased demand but often reduced fundraising opportunities? For Midwest Mission Distribution Center, which specializes in disaster relief, the transition was fairly smooth. The organization distributed three times [...]

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BRANDT and Hello Beverages launch new partnership

By Karen Ackerman Witter A partnership between BRANDT, a Springfield-based global agricultural company, and hellowater, a consumer beverage company, may initially seem surprising. However, it is in keeping with BRANDT’s entrepreneurial spirit and based on patented BRANDT technology. Together, these companies will launch a new beverage product in March that supports immune defense and elimination [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Crowdfunding catches on

By Carey Smith The proposed renovation of 322 E. Adams St., a former bank that will converted to a food hall known as the Public Market, is the first project in Springfield to utilize securities-based crowdfunding. Have a great idea for a startup company, but no capital? Looking to expand your product line, [...]

By |February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Vacant sites create opportunities for redevelopment

By Carey Smith Although some amount of property vacancy is desirable to accommodate the natural ebb and flow of business ventures in our community, a long-standing vacancy is not. Ryan McCrady, president and CEO of Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance, says that part of his job is to “take a look at property to see what [...]

By |January 28th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|1 Comment