Collaborative activism and Black economics webinar

Forefront, a nonprofit that provides resources, training and support for other nonprofit organizations, is offering a free webinar on “Collaborative activism and Black economics” on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. One of the long-standing effects of institutional racism in the United States has been a challenging economic outlook for the Black community. This [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

J. Parkes to close

Owner Jan Parkes has announced plans to close her boutique, J. Parkes, as of Dec. 31. She and her sister, Ann, operate the retail store at 315 Chatham Rd. that offers a variety of unique clothing, jewelry and home décor items. In a message to customers posted on the business’ website, Parkes said, “I have [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings|0 Comments

Harvest Market ramps up hiring in anticipation of November opening

The former County Market on West White Oaks Drive in Springfield is preparing to reopen as the country’s second Harvest Market, a health-oriented grocery store focused on providing farm-to-table options. In anticipation of a mid-November opening, Quincy-based Niemann Foods, Inc. is currently hiring workers to fill approximately 200 positions. According to Gerry Kettler, Niemann’s director [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

Building permit roundup – Sept. 21-Sept. 27

TRI Murti Group LLC obtained a commercial remodel permit for work at 1701 N. J. David Jones Parkway. The contractor is CGI Commercial Contracting and the project is valued at $75,000. Keith Hoogland Limited Partnership obtained a commercial remodel permit for a demolition and remodel at 3211 W. Iles Ave. Revival Construction, LLC is the [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings|0 Comments

Milner Dentistry moves to new, larger location on South Grand Avenue

After an extensive remodeling of the former Coombe-Bloxdorf building, Milner Dentistry has relocated to 755 South Grand Ave., effective Sept. 30. Dr. Ty Milner purchased the building last year as a way to expand his general dentistry practice. Milner’s father, Dr. David Milner, established the dental practice in 1987, which had been located at 201 [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings, News|0 Comments

Grand opening for Whimsy Tea on Saturday, Oct. 3

Whimsy Tea Company, a popular farmers market vendor, is opening a brick-and-mortar location at 413 E. Adams in downtown Springfield. Gordon and Laura Davis started the business in spring 2019 and credit Springfield’s business ecosystem for their ability to grow rapidly. The couple took advantage of the programs and networking in Innovate Springfield, Springfield Local [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings, News|0 Comments

Dr. Tracey Smith starting new job with Illinois Public Health Association

Dr. Tracey Smith is joining the Illinois Public Health Association, 500 W. Monroe, as director of programs and community health, effective Oct. 1. Smith comes to IPHA with a wealth of experience, having most recently served as director of family medicine population health and community outreach and executive director of the Office of Community Initiatives [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments