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Need help navigating the assistance options for small businesses?

Now that both the state and federal government have rolled out programs to assist small businesses who have suffered economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small business owners are trying to determine their eligibility and how to apply. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Lincoln Land Community College is [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

State, national unemployment spikes amid COVID-19 outbreak

More than 114,000 Illinoisans file new claims in one week By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history, with 3.2 million workers filing for benefits. The U.S. Department [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Chamber Business Relief Fund launched

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) has created the Chamber Business Relief Fund to provide timely and meaningful financial resources to businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. GSCC has seeded the fund with $15,000, and members of its board of directors have contributed more than $10,000 in less than 24 hours to establish [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Business as usual? displays current status of businesses in Sangamon county By Michelle Ownbey A new website,, will consolidate business information across Sangamon county to keep consumers apprised of the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable place. Mark Roberts III, owner of GoWeb1 and, said the idea came [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Leaders urge shoppers to stop panic-buying, hoarding items

By Ben Orner, Capitol News Illinois As store shelves across Illinois empty of key products during the COVID-19 pandemic, public and private-sector leaders are urging shoppers to put less stress on the supply chain by not hoarding items. Since the pandemic intensified in Illinois last week, customers have been panic-buying and hoarding products like toilet [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Christian Horizons to acquire River Birch Senior Living

Effective Feb. 1, Christian Horizons will be acquiring River Birch Senior Living, located at 4012 Cockrell Lane in Springfield. The transaction will also include 19 acres of land for potential future growth, according to Ray Dickison, chief operating officer for Christian Horizons. However, he said the company is “currently considering different options” and doesn’t have [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Business News, New Businesses|0 Comments

RSM restructures Springfield office

RSM US, part of a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, is keeping its Springfield office open but not necessarily all of its previous clients. Earlier this month, some individual and corporate clients received a letter from RSM which stated in part, “…due to the new tax reform legislation and related changes [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Best Places to Work nomination deadline

Nominate your company for this year’s Best Places to Work, sponsored by United Community Bank and Springfield Business Journal. The winning companies will be profiled in the March issue of SBJ and all employees will be invited to a reception and awards ceremony. Criteria to nominate your company: Must have been in business at least two years Be [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Events|0 Comments

Program fosters entrepreneurship

Innovate Springfield helps take ideas from concept to completion   Gordon Davis, co-founder of Whimsy Tea. Photo by Tim Klasinski, Foto-Graphics   BY CATHERINE O’CONNOR For nine local start-up entrepreneurs, graduation night on Oct. 30 marked the completion of the Co.Starters program, a series of weekly three-hour intensive seminars presented through Innovate Springfield, [...]