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Keeping it in the family

By David Blanchette You can’t pick your family, the saying goes, but many people do just that when deciding how to open, run and sustain a small business. According to the Family Owned Business Institute, there are 5.5 million family businesses in the United States and those companies contribute 57% of the nation’s gross domestic [...]

LLCC offering solar energy training at reduced cost

Lincoln Land Community College, in partnership with Wind Solar USA, is offering two, four-week solar energy classes this summer at a reduced price. The trainings will be offered in a hybrid format, each using online learning with one, hands-on lab held in the Workforce Careers Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. “If you [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wild Thorn Beauty Studio

After being in the cosmetology industry for eight years, Lindsey Winkler opened her own business, Wild Thorn Beauty Studio, on June 1. “I started at a commission-based salon and moved to renting a space in another salon,” said Winkler, a Springfield native. “But this is my dream; I wanted to transition to my own business.” [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building permit roundup

Read which building permits were approved by the City of Springfield between May 18 and May 31. Woodmire Court Condos obtained a commercial roofing permit for 1248 South Grand Ave. West. Sutton’s, Inc. is the contractor and the project is valued at $25,000. Ameren Illinois Company in care of Ameren Services Tax Department obtained a [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

PPP bridges the gap for some businesses

  By David Blanchette   The federal and state assistance she received to weather the COVID pandemic has been more than just money for Susan Danenberger.  “It's definitely been a miracle,” said the owner of Danenberger Family Vineyards in New Berlin. Danenberger was able to secure a $20,000 forgivable loan through the federal Paycheck Protection [...]

Yolanda Stout named branch manager of MacArthur Town and Country Bank

Town and Country Bank has hired Yolanda Stout as branch manager for the company’s MacArthur Boulevard location in Springfield. Stout comes to Town and Country Bank with over 15 years of experience in the industry, although she most recently worked as the human resource director for Brother James Court in Springfield.  Since 2004, she has [...]

State announces low-interest loans and grant programs to help small businesses

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund   This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.  DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are partnering with Accion, the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois to create [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Searchable local business directory now online

A new website, donated by Springfield businesses GoWeb1 and AlertsMadeEasy.com, will consolidate business information across Sangamon county to keep consumers appraised of the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable place.   The website is SpringfieldZoom.com. Any Sangamon county business or organization can simply click on “Register My Business” [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments