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Wednesday, August 26 2015
The Summer Youth Employment Program has kicked into high gear and students are hard at work getting invaluable experience in their desired fields of study. Q5’s Diversity Development Committee has partnered with The Springfield Project (TSP) for the past seven years to bring internships to students. The program kicked off this summer with many Chamber members participating, such as H. D. ...read more
Categories: General, Q5-general
Tuesday, August 18 2015
Leadership Springfield, a program that prepares leaders to serve our community, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Through an eight-month series of seminars, Leadership Springfield offers a diverse group of individuals the hands-on opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and provides them with in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the area. One of the most valuable ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, August 18 2015
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of Mark McBride as a membership sales representative. A Springfield Native, Mark is a 1977 graduate of Springfield Southeast High School. He continued his education at Lincoln Land Community College, earning dean’s list honors with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. He followed this with a Bachelor’s ...read more
Categories: General
Monday, July 27 2015
The Q5 Workforce and Education Council has been pursuing becoming an ACT Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). Recently, the group was informed that we were accepted to participate in this program. The ACT CWRC initiative is a national effort, led by ACT, to provide a framework for counties to build an economic development, community based approach grounded in certifying counties as Work Ready. ...read more
Categories: General, Q5-Workforce and Education
Wednesday, July 15 2015
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 20 th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing last week, presented by Marine Bank . The weather cooperated and we had 41 teams participate. The event would not have been successful without the support of our sponsors. Additional corporate sponsors include CEFCU (Tee Gifts), Memorial Health System (Awards Reception), Health Alliance (Golf Carts), ...read more
Categories: Events
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, 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

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