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Tuesday, June 30 2015
The Chamber hosted the 30 th Annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards on June 30 th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event, presented by Hickory Point Bank & Trust, fsb, recognized five outstanding community entrepreneurs in the following categories: Diamond Lifetime Emerald Award - Small Business Owner with Sales $1 to $3 million Ruby Award - Small Business Owner with Sales Up to $1 ...read more
Categories: Events, General
Tuesday, April 28 2015
The Spring 2015 Economic Outlook Survey, conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, finds local businesses and non-profit organizations are very optimistic about doing business in Sangamon County over the next 12 months. In the past two and a half years, local business expectations have increased 30 points, expectations for their sector ...read more
Categories: Q5-general
Monday, February 23 2015
Categories: General
Monday, February 23 2015
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Q5 Economic Development team conducted 101 business visits and interviews during 2014 through its Business Retention and Expansion program. The team met with businesses in the fields of finance, healthcare, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, retail, media, business service operations and non-profit organizations. The vast majority of the businesses ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, January 28 2015
Redevelopment efforts in the urban core are a high priority when it relates to the partnership between Q5 and The Springfield Project. Those efforts will now expand to development in Springfield’s downtown community. A small group of Strategic Leadership Council members, along with representatives of the SDAT action team, started looking at different models of Community Development ...read more
Categories: Q5-Diversity
Wednesday, October 22 2014
In 2007, the Quantum Growth Partnership (Q5) created the Development Policy Council (DPC) to serve as a public/private partnership to discuss problems and identify solutions to improve the development process in Springfield & Sangamon County. Since its creation, the DPC has worked with the City Department of Public Works and the Springfield/Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission as well ...read more
Categories: Q5-Development Policy
Tuesday, October 14 2014
A new business is up and running in part because of assistance provided through Q5’s Diversity Development micro loan program. MJ’s Fish & Chicken Express, located on the northwest corner of 9th and South Grand Ave. is one of the final participants of the program. MJ’s was made aware of Q5’s Diversity Development micro loan program, which is managed by The Springfield ...read more
Categories: Q5-Diversity
Tuesday, October 14 2014
During the second phase of Q5, many business leaders talked about the need to enhance our community’s aesthetics with a particular emphasis on our corridors into our community. Q5 decided to target First & Sixth Street between Stanford Avenue and Ash Street to develop a beautification plan that could be implemented at an affordable cost without long term high cost maintenance. Q5 ...read more
Categories: Q5-general
Friday, October 03 2014
Q5 staff made updating the existing economic development website a priority in 2014. On Monday, September 29, www.springfieldadvantage.org went live and will be used to promote Springfield and Sangamon County to site selectors who will be able to find sites, buildings and important data about Sangamon County. The website will be maintained and updated by Q5 staff to ensure that content is ...read more
Categories: Q5-general
Thursday, October 02 2014
SPRINGFIELD – A survey conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership, in partnership with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, shows employers have growing positive expectations for their own business, their sector, and the overall Sangamon County economy. Expectations for the Sangamon County economy increased six points since Spring ...read more
Categories: Q5-general
Thursday, September 25 2014
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reports that Springfield unemployment remained at 6.5 percent for the second consecutive month in August. Local unemployment at this time twelve months ago was estimated at 7.6 percent. The present Springfield unemployment rate comes in slightly above the national average of 6.3 percent, but remains below the State average of 6.7 percent. The ...read more
Categories: General
Thursday, August 14 2014
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the promotion of two staff members. Lisa Schafer has been promoted to Vice President of Operations with The Chamber. She began her employment in 1994 as Executive Assistant to the President, and was promoted to Business Manager in 1999 and to Director of Operations in 2005. Prior to joining The Chamber, she was the Assistant Manager ...read more
Categories: Leadership
Tuesday, August 05 2014
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the promotion of Josh Collins to Director of Business and Community Development. Collins began at The Chamber as an intern in January 2006, and was hired in May of 2006 as the coordinator for the first Q5 fundraising campaign. He was officially hired full-time in January of 2007 as Manager of Government Relations, and then was ...read more
Categories: Leadership
Thursday, July 24 2014
The latest unemployment figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) indicate that Springfield held the lowest unemployment rate among Illinois metropolitan areas in June. Local unemployment edged up slightly to 6.1 percent from 6.0 percent in May, but remained well below the 7.9 percent reported in June of 2013. The Springfield unemployment rate stood below both state and ...read more
Categories: Q5-general
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Startup Weekend has been postponed to May 9-11. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. This marks the first Startup Weekend to be held in central Illinois. The kick-off for Startup Weekend will be 6 p.m. at the PAC Theater. The opening ...read more
Categories: General

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