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Illinois announces first $24 million in Back to Business grants

By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration on Thursday announced the awarding of the first $24 million in “Back to Business” grants, a program funded with federal relief aid to help businesses recover and reopen from the pandemic. The announcement took place at a Mexican restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood of [...]

By |September 30th, 2021|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

State announces $250 million ‘Back to Business’ grant program

By Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois The state announced a $250 million “Back to Business” grant program aimed at assisting small businesses in the recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic shutdowns. The program is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden, and it includes specific set-aside [...]

By |August 11th, 2021|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Horace Mann to acquire Madison National Life in $172 million transaction

Horace Mann Educators Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Madison National Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Independence Holding Company. Madison National is a leading writer of employer-paid and sponsored benefits provided to educators by K-12 school districts. The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2022, subject to [...]

By |July 20th, 2021|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Downtown Springfield, Inc. workshop

Despite the demonstrated demand for apartments in downtown Springfield in the 2013 Bowen Housing Study, less than half of the number of units have been constructed to meet that demand in the eight years since the report came out. Downtown advocates are hoping that a new workshop will jumpstart more property owners to make the [...]

By |July 14th, 2021|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

O’Shea Builders hires three new employees

O’Shea Builders has hired three new staff members who will be based out of the Springfield office. Evan Dorks, a project engineer, joins the O’Shea team after starting his professional career with S.M. Wilson. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from  Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Dorks resides in Glenarm with his wife, [...]

By |July 7th, 2021|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

Shatonya Adams expanding her salon business

After four years in business, Shatonya Adams is ready to expand her salon to a larger location with additional services. “I started Tink’s Beauty Bar in 2017, but things have gotten bigger,” she said. After working on her own for the past several years, Adams says she wants to bring others on board to create [...]

By |June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

UIS’ Innovate Springfield and College of Business and Management launching a pilot startup fellowship

By Blake Wood The University of Illinois Springfield’s Innovate Springfield and College of Business and Management is launching a pilot startup fellowship program, with support from the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. They have also partnered with iVenturED and the Sangamon CEO program. The fellowship is open to Sangamon CEO alums, UIS entrepreneurship students and local aspiring entrepreneurs [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Applications now open for free tech skills training course

Applications are now being accepted for a unique tech training program that aims to build a more inclusive tech workforce in Central Illinois. Illinois Reboot is a free, live virtual course created and presented by the University of Illinois Research Park, with sponsorship support from American Family Insurance. It provides participants with a foundation in [...]

By |May 19th, 2021|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

J&J Ventures Gaming acquires Illinois Gaming Systems

J&J Ventures Gaming has acquired Illinois Gaming Systems, and the purchase of all gaming operations of IGS will give J&J Ventures nearly 3,000 locations in gaming and amusements. J&J Ventures Gaming and J&J Ventures Amusements are headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, where their predecessor, J&J Ventures, Inc., began route operations in 1929. IGS is headquartered in [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: Business News|0 Comments

Arena Food Service acquires GÜ

Arena Food Service has acquired GÜ, but not much has changed, other than the company’s plans for growth. In 2018, David Radwine, who had previously worked as executive chef at the Sangamo Club, and Dennis Bringuet, owner of Ace Sign Company, teamed up to launch a new company that would provide healthier options for workplace [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments