Nothing Bundt Cakes opening in Springfield

While many businesses remain closed or only partially open, Theo and Kristen Spilman are preparing to open a new business. The husband and wife are new franchisees for Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery chain that started in Las Vegas. The Spilmans, who are originally from Springfield, most recently lived in Austria and managed a cafeteria [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Comings & Goings, News|0 Comments

Illinois unemployment rate climbs to record 16.4% in April

New jobless claims in May appear to level out By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois The unemployment rate in Illinois reached a staggering 16.4 percent in April, the highest rate recorded since the modern system of tracking joblessness began in 1976, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The previous record of 13.9 [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

SBJ is hiring

Are you active and engaged in our community? Do you want to help grow and support local businesses? Springfield Business Journal is a locally owned and operated monthly business-to-business publication serving the Springfield/Jacksonville area. For 25 years, we’ve built a reputation for covering issues and people that are important to our community. Central Illinois Communications, [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

Morgan Beck joins BRANDT

BRANDT has named Morgan Beck as corporate accounting manager. Beck joins the BRANDT corporate staff in the company’s Springfield headquarters. Prior to joining BRANDT, Beck spent 15 years at Security Bank in Springfield. She held multiple management positions at the bank, most recently serving as chief financial officer for the past three years. Beck also [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

Specialty retailer Versona coming to Springfield

Once the governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted, Springfield-area residents will have a new retail option with the opening of Versona, an apparel, jewelry and accessories boutique. The specialty retailer is taking over the space at 2841 S. Veterans Pkwy. in White Oaks Plaza that was previously occupied by Charming Charlie. That retailer closed all its [...]

Gov. Pritzker announces new job training programs for unemployed Illinoisans

By Rebecca Anzel, Capitol News Illinois Unemployed Illinoisans will soon have access to free, online skills-based training programs. Beginning in June and lasting through the end of the year, 3,800 courses and 400 specializations will be offered by over 160 universities through the online learning platform Coursera, Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday. Formal certification [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

An advocate for businesses

Ryan McCrady takes the helm of the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance By Carey Smith Though much of the world is currently on pause, the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance (SSGA) continues to work to help businesses navigate through challenges presented by the pandemic.  In addition to getting up to speed as the newly-hired president of SSGA, [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

State fast-tracking $25 million for local government construction projects

Capital plan money to go to projects that can begin within 90 days By Rebecca Anzel, Capitol News Illinois The Illinois department tasked with the state’s economic development launched a program Tuesday providing grant funding to local governments for capital projects. Its aim, said Michael Negron, assistant director of the Department of Commerce and [...]

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments