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Best Places to Work alumni spotlight: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

By Carey Smith Selected as one of the best places to work in 2008 by Springfield Business Journal and United Community Bank, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) began in 1946 with the idea that engineering could significantly improve our country’s post-war infrastructure. Friends and civil engineers Len Crawford, Pat Murphy and Ray Tilly began [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Low interest rates drive consumer spending – Home and auto sales at record levels, despite unemployment, uncertainty

By Holly Whisler The phrase “these unprecedented times” has been overused this year, yet still rings true. When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to near zero in March, the area economy responded. Consumer lending - specifically, home and auto loans - gained momentum over the summer months, despite high levels of unemployment and uncertainty [...]

By |October 28th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Serving and improving Springfield’s business community

By Catherine O’Connor   Springfield lost two community-minded entrepreneurial giants, Louis Myers and Arnold Stern, within the first week of September 2020. Though Stern and Myers were three years apart in age, they were lifelong friends who had much in common, beginning with primary education at Butler Elementary School followed by graduation from Springfield High [...]

By |October 6th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Healthy meals made easy

By Carey Smith   Celeste Malham started FED Kitchen when she became a stay-at-home mom in 2019 as a way to utilize her personal training background and help others with their health goals.  PHOTO BY NORMA ZUNIGA Meal delivery systems were growing in popularity even before the pandemic, and with many more people [...]

Technology and trampolines – Ram Talluri has businesses worldwide, including a global technology company based in Springfield

By David Blanchette Springfield-based entrepreneur Ram Talluri reaches for the stars with his numerous business ventures around the world, ranging from technology to film production to jumping really high on trampolines. “It has been a great run so far, and I look forward to adding more value in whatever way I can,” the 45-year-old Talluri [...]

By |August 14th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Businesses use technology to pivot during pandemic

By Holly Whisler Small retail boutiques are known for carrying unique and one-of-a-kind items. They are not typically known for selling online to a mass market, but that does not mean they cannot be successful doing so when a pandemic causes an economic shutdown, for example. Elizabeth “Liz” Eckert, owner of Bella Boutique, 2805 West [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Breaking down reality to create Greyhound

Springfield native Aaron Schneider directs Tom Hanks’ latest film By Chuck Koplinski   It’s a long way from Chatham Road to Hollywood, California, but it’s a journey Springfield native Aaron Schneider has made over the course of his 54 years. The filmmaker, who cut his teeth as a cinematographer on videos for Eminem and Cyprus [...]

Best Places To Work – B&B Electric

By Eric Woods Photo by Terry Farmer For more than 50 years, B&B Electric has been serving the needs of businesses in central Illinois. Todd Brinkman Sr. had been working for South Town Electric Radio & TV with his father, Fred Brinkman, when they decided to take a leap of faith and start their own [...]

By |February 27th, 2020|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments