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Back to Business Illinois

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced the launch of Back to Business Illinois, a free, voluntary service to connect small businesses of 250 employees or fewer with consultants who will help them evaluate and address workplace safety and health issues related to COVID-19. The consultants will create a plan for small businesses that promotes [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

Businesses help parents with remote learning

By Holly Whisler Springfield business MB Heating & Cooling realized that many of their employees were facing a dilemma: go to work, or stay home with kids who are learning remotely. General manager Doug Gholson explained that last spring, the company had a plumber and an installer who could not work a full week because [...]

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau launches its new SPI 7 in 7 competition

As businesses in the Springfield area continue to cope with ripple effects of the pandemic, including declines in tourism, the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a new program to encourage people to patronize businesses in the community. The SPI 7 in 7 competition consists of seven categories with seven activities each that can [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

Scooter’s Lawn Care acquired Lawn Perks

Scooter’s Lawn Care, a full-spectrum lawn and landscaping company, has acquired Lawn Perks, effective Sept. 1. Lawn Perks, based in Chatham, also provides both residential and commercial services. Jacob Godar, owner of Scooter’s Lawn Care, headquartered at 3805 N. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, said the acquisition will allow the company to do “even more of [...]

By |August 31st, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

LLCC to offer free truck driving training for veterans, active military and their spouses

Veterans, active military and their spouses will be eligible to receive free training at Lincoln Land Community College for a career in truck driving, thanks to a federal grant just announced. LLCC is one of 20 institutions in the nation and the only one in Illinois to be awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation Commercial [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Business Interruption Grants awarded to 35 businesses in Sangamon County

Forty-six million dollars in grant funding has been awarded to more than 2,600 small businesses throughout Illinois who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including $590,000 earmarked for 35 businesses in Sangamon County. The funding comes from the Business Interruption Grant (BIG), which is part of the federal CARES Act. Twenty-four Springfield-area businesses received [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Sikich expands into Peoria with acquisition of Heinold Banwart

Sikich announced that it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the operating assets of Heinold Banwart, Ltd., a public accounting firm based in the Peoria area. The move expands Sikich’s presence in central Illinois. “The Heinold Banwart team adds valuable talent to our group and strengthens our position as a leading service provider in [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

State employment agency hit in nationwide fraud scheme

IDES says federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is ripe for abuse By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday it has been affected by a nationwide fraud scheme involving the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. That program, enacted as part of the federal CARES Act, provides 100% federally [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments