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COVID-19 CRISIS Chamber Provides Assistance and


Resources to Local Businesses

IN THIS ISSUE 4Leadership Springfield Application Available 4Electronic Certificates of Origin 4Chamber Events Status

April 2020 | Volume V | No. 2



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Status of Chamber Events & Programs

Chamber Business Relief Fund Donors


Corporate Cup Golf Outing to Be Held July 9 12


Help Us Celebrate Local Small Businesses


State of the City Postponed Date & Location TBD

Exclusive Online Marketing Tool


16 Spring Powerful People Skills Seminar Series Date Changes



Message From the CEO


Applications for Leadership Springfield Due June 30


Electronic Certificates of Origin Now Available


Tiered Investors


Ribbon Cuttings


Welcome to Our New Members

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A | Springfield, Illinois 62701 217.525.1173 | www.gscc.org UPDATE (USPS 0703 630) is published six times a year by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A, Springfield, IL 62701. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, IL. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to UPDATE, 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A, Springfield, IL 62701.

COVID-19 Crisis COVID-19, the global pandemic gripping the nation and the world. The Chamber responds with financial relief and other key resources.



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the business community. We continue to provide business resources and support, as well as make the necessary adjustments and changes to several upcoming leadership and professional development opportunities, and to several key events. Over the last several weeks it has been our privilege to:

• Chris Hembrough President and CEO

When we put the February Update Magazine on the shelf, we had no idea we would be living in a very different world when we published our April edition. The emergence and spread of the coronavirus turned our world upside down. Today the crisis continues. The Governor’s Executive Order to “stay-athome” has been extended to April 30. The continuing concern regarding COVID-19, coupled with the fact that the health of our members, employees, and the communityat-large are our top priority, means the Chamber office remains closed to the public. However, Chamber staff continues to work remotely during this time providing maximum support for our members and community as we engage with local, state, and federal leaders, both related to this crisis and other issues important to

ESTABLISH THE CHAMBER BUSINESS RELIEF FUND: We established the Fund to provide small grants to Sangamon County businesses to act as a bridge, a lifeline to assist with the longterm sustainability of the businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. As of April 10, we have provided grants to 35 small businesses for a total of over $37,000. The Chamber seeded the Fund with $15,000. A HUGE thank you to the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the Fund and made this effort possible. A full list of donors can be found on page 6. ADVOCATE FOR CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND LEGISLATION: We worked with others in our community, region, and state gathering the necessary documentation to demonstrate the impact of COVID-19 on more than 3,000 businesses across the state. As a result, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Illinois’ eligibility for disaster assistance loans for Illinois small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

We joined other chambers of commerce and business organizations across the nation asking for and securing several key pieces of federal legislation including the CARES Act which includes the Paycheck Protection Program, and supports the healthcare system, economy, business community, employees, and their families.

PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION IN CHALLENGING TIMES: We created our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage, continue to provide up-todate information on the site, as well as access to educational opportunities regarding new legislation, employment law, and funding opportunities.

As we move into the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to represent your interests, provide needed resources and support, and we will once again open the doors to those critical events for both professional development and strategic connections. Assisting you with these opportunities to both grow your team and grow your business is always our goal. As always, we are grateful for our partnership and the privilege to serve you. Thank you for your investment in membership, the work of The Chamber, and the community at-large, especially in these challenging times.

Chamber Four Core Functions Advocacy

As the voice of business, we support legislative policies and practices conducive for a thriving business community and local economy, and oppose those that are not.

Business Resources & Support

We connect local businesses to resources that reduce barriers to growth and expansion.

Leadership & Professional Development

We offer opportunities for professional growth and leadership development to members and their employees.

Visibility & Connections That Matter

We provide marketing, programming and relationship-building opportunities to help members make strategic connections.





2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Roger Austin........................................... Chair Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Hon. Raylene Grischow...................Chair-Elect Circuit Court Judge Brady Smith.................................1st Vice Chair Zara’s Collision Center

Leadership Level

HSHS Medical Group Foundation Level

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Lori Milosevich.................Secretary/Treasurer Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden Jennifer Gill....................Immediate Past Chair Springfield Public School District 186

At-Large Directors Jennifer Boyer........................Springfield Clinic, LLP Mylas Copeland...................................... Green Toyota Volkswagen Audi

Visionary Level

Tyler Cormeny................................... O’Shea Builders

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Express Employment Professionals Springfield Clinic

Dr. Ruby Davis.......................Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel, Inc.

Premier Level

Anna Evans.........................Memorial Health System

U.S. Bank

Dr. Susan J. Koch.......................University of Illinois Springfield

Catalyst Level

Mike Murphy ............... Illinois State Representative 99th District

Bank of Springfield PNC Bank

Mark Donovan............................................................INB Michelle Eccles........ The Horace Mann Companies

Sharon Riechers..................................................BUNN Adam Solomon.........................Solomon Colors, Inc.

Executive Level

John Staff...................................................Staff Carpet

BUNN Carrollton Bank CEFCU Security Bank, s.b. Warren-Boynton State Bank

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez ..........HSHS Central Illinois Division

Tiered Investors receive recognition and enhanced benefits for an additional investment. To learn more, contact Chris Hembrough at (217) 525-1173 x205 or chembrough@gscc.org.

Appointed Members Jennifer Call....................................................TROXELL Kayla Edwards ........................Express Employment Professionals Josh Flanders........Buzz Bomb Brewing Company

GSCC STAFF Chris Hembrough................... ...President and CEO Lisa Schafer....................................VP - Operations

Chamber Mission: Enhance our members’ success and advocate on their behalf.

David Earhart......................VP - Member Services Joshua Adams...........Membership Representative Bri Coons.....................................Director of Events Teri Hill........................Advertising Representative Tom Owen...................Membership Representative Heather Woomer..........................Events Assistant





The health of our members, employees, and the community atlarge are our top priority. Therefore, given the ongoing concern regarding the COVID-19 crisis, the Chamber postponed several events during March and April.

Anonymous Lisa Clemmons Stott Daniel Cody Jay Cole Debbie & Rob Coons Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Max & Deborah Dillahunty David Earhart Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden Express Employment Professionals Corinne Fuchs Susan Gleason The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Ross Hager Heartland Credit Union Johanna Hebenstreit Chris & Jonell Hembrough Hickory Point Bank Dane Holmes The Horace Mann Companies INB Inteliquent Bethany Jaeger Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, LLP Martin Engineering Richard McLane Rachel Miller Lori Milosevich Paul O’Shea Richard & Kelly Sgro Rebecca Solano Hay Solomon Colors Staff Carpet Lucas Stoller Don Tracy TROXELL Diana Wasem WindSolar USA

The Chamber will continue monitoring all developments related to the ongoing crisis. While several future events are scheduled and currently being publicized, we will only hold these events once the Governor has lifted his Executive Order to “stay-athome” and new guidance has been issued by the CDC regarding gatherings and events.

Watch for more information on upcoming events in The Brief. For COVID-19 Business Resources, visit www.gscc.org.

Member Information Center (MIC) Exclusive online marketing tool

Members have their own web page on the Chamber’s website where they can: • • • • •

Submit News Releases, Events, Job Openings and Hot Deals Add links to member social media Include business description, website & map link Update member profile and representative info Access business resources

Experts believe a unique advantage of being a member is how your listing on The Chamber’s website positively impacts your Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Login at www.gscc.org. To obtain login credentials, click the link on the login page or call The Chamber at (217) 525-1173.




Welcome To Our New Members


January and February 2020 American Republic Insurance Services


The Boulevard Townhomes BSA LifeStructures

769 South Durkin Drive (309) 210-8819

Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing, a division of Buzzbizz Media, LLC Chatham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4763 Cochran Construction Complete Computer Solutions Enablo


FOTOGraphics LLC

2720 N. Dirksen Parkway (217) 481-8660

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Lamar Advertising Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Pam Benad) Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Arron Gass)

New Members continued Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Kenny Micheletta)

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Karen Gill)

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Cori Mose)

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Katie Hahn) Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Shannon Heisler) Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Ryan Levi)

Paszkiewicz Marketing State Farm Insurance (Burtis)

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Scott Parker)

StraightUp Solar

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Margaret Teague)

Two Rivers Mortgage Company

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Sharon Wilson)

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (Greg Matthews)

Natural Wellness by Channetta Williams

T-Mobile Walmart Supercenter (Lejune Dr.) Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Lincoln Land Roofing LLC

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• Employee Health Savings Accounts (where applicable)

• Special savings opportunities at on-site events

• Personal financial service

• Free financial education options

• And more!

Contact Business Services today at 309.633.7065 to learn more, or visit cefcu.com/partner.

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APPLICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP SPRINGFIELD DUE JUNE 30 The application for the Leadership Springfield Class of 2021 (beginning September 2020) is available on The Chamber’s website in the Leadership Springfield area under the Member Services menu. Leadership Springfield is the premier leadership training program in the Capitol City. During a 14 week series of half day programs, participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. Participants interact with community leaders and decision makers who share diverse perspectives on significant accomplishments and opportunities within the Springfield community. The program aims to develop, strengthen and equip local professionals to benefit the Springfield area. Interactive professional development is a cornerstone of the program. Curriculum topics for the program typically include Leadership Development, Education, Healthcare, Public Safety, Government, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Technology & Innovation, and Tourism. When clicking on the link to the online application, individuals will be prompted to create login credentials. This allows the applicant to access the application, save their progress and log out in order to return to either make edits or complete it. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed in July and applicants will be notified of their selection status later that month. Presenting Sponsor For more information, visit www.gscc.org/leadership-springfield or contact David Earhart at (217) 525-1173 ext. 215 or dearhart@gscc.org.

Outdoor Living Design & Installation

Phone: (217) 314-9435

661 Camp Sangamo Rd, Springfield, IL Landon Kirby - Owner/Operator

Landscape Design & Installation Boulder/Dry Stack Retaining Walls Grill Stations Outdoor Kitchens Pergolas/Decks Seat Walls

Landscape Lighting Flagstone Patios Natural Stone Steps Fire Pits Fireplaces Water Features

Come see our new state-of-the-art Outdoor Living Showroom

A Visionary Approach to Outdoor Design www.knobhilllandscape.com





ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN NOW AVAILABLE Does your company export goods? If so, the country to which you are exporting may currently, or soon, require documentation that the goods originated in the United States. You may even be paying penalties at the border that you may not need to pay if you had provided a Certificate of Origin upfront. A Certificate of Origin is an international grade document attesting that goods in an export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country. What does our electronic certificate of origin provide to you?

• • • • • • • • • •

All certification staff is accredited by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation AWTCC seal is recognized and accepted by customs worldwide Ensures you have taken all steps to comply with rules, regulations, and international industry best practices Helps you achieve objectives in terms of quality, cost, scheduling, performance All applications are stored online with audit trail, fully searchable database and attachments Ensures your transactions are secure with security background on completed certificates and secure web-based application Reduces shipment delays due to incomplete documentation Online certification saves on couriers, travel, postage, & parking fees Engineered to prevent common errors with repetitive applications—perfect for high volume users Additional services such as legalization available

Fees for members are only $25.00 per document. For more information, contact Lisa Schafer at (217) 525-1173 ext. 203 or lschafer@ gscc.org or go to https://www.gscc.org/2020/03/11/certificate-of-origin/.

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These LEADING LAWYERS have been recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in Illinois. Matthew J. Cate

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Comm Lit; Creditor Rights/Comm Collection; Real Estate: Comm; RE: Residential

Randy S. Paswater

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Creditor Rights/Comm Collection; Elder

Bernard G. Segatto III

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Close/Private Held; Comm Lit; Land Use/Zoning; Real Estate: Comm

Randall W. Segatto

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Close/Private Held; Elder; Real Estate: Comm

R. Kurt Wilke

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Civil Appellate; Close/Private Held; Real Estate: Comm

Barry Hines

Barry Hines - Attorney at Law

217.698.8444 Agriculture; Real Estate: Comm; Trust/Will/Estate

Michael Glenn Barton

Bellatti Barton Cochran & White LLC

217.793.9300 AG; Close/Private Held; Real Estate: Comm; Tax: Indiv; Trust/Will/Estate

Mark S. Cochran

Bellatti Barton Cochran & White LLC

217.793.9300 AG; Environ; Public Utilities; Real Estate: Comm

Andrew G. White

Bellatti Barton Cochran & White LLC

217.793.9300 Agriculture; Trust/Will/Estate

Claire A. Manning

Brown Hay & Stephens LLP

217.544.8491 Employment: Management; Environmental; Gov/Muni/Lobby

Amy K. Schmidt

Brown Hay & Stephens LLP

217.544.8491 Family

Robert A. Stuart Jr.

Brown Hay & Stephens LLP

217.544.8491 Assoc/Non-Profit; Trust/Will/Estate

Sarah Delano Pavlik

Delano Law Offices LLC

217.544.2703 Trust/Will/Estate

Thomas Chester Pavlik Jr. Delano Law Offices LLC

217.544.2703 Close/Private Held; Comm Lit; Creditor Rights/Comm Collect; Real Estate: Comm

J. Randall Cox


217.544.3403 Comm Lit; Criminal Defense: DUI; Criminal Defense: Felon/Misd

Carl R. Draper


217.544.3403 Civ Rights/Constitution; Employment: Employee; False Claims Act/Whistle Blow

Howard W. Feldman


217.544.3403 Construction; Family; ADR: Family

Kelli Ellen Gordon


217.544.3403 Family

Stanley N. Wasser


217.544.3403 Construction

James R. Enlow

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Bankruptcy: Individual; Bankrupt/Workout: Comm; Comm Lit; Land Use/Zoning

Gordon W. Gates

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Bankrupt/WO: Comm; Close/Private Held; Comm Lit; Land Use/Zoning; RE: Comm

Todd M. Goebel

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Criminal Defense: DUI; Criminal Defense: Felon/Misd

Frederick J. Schlosser

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Criminal Defense: DUI; Criminal Defense: Felon/Misd

Bradley B. Wilson

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Civil Rights/Constitutional; Employment: Employee

D. Peter Wise

Gates Wise Schlosser & Goebel

217.522.9010 Criminal Defense: DUI; Criminal Defense: Felon/Misd; Criminal Def: White Collar

Herman G. Bodewes

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Assoc/Non-Profit; Close/Private Held; Gov/Muni/Lobby; Trust/Will/Estate

Creighton R. Castle

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Close/Private Held; Real Estate: Comm; Tax: Business; Trust/Will/Estate

John M. Gabala Jr.

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Civil Appellate; Comm Lit; Copyright/Trademark; PI Defense: General

David A. Herman

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Comm Lit; Election/Political/Campaign; Gov/Muni/Lobby; Trust/Will/Estate

R. Mark Mifflin

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Comm Lit; Gov/Muni/Lobby

Christopher E. Sherer

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Civ Appell; Elect/Political/Campaign; Family; Gov/Muni/Lobby; Trust/Will/Estate

Matthew R. Trapp

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Civil Appellate; Comm Lit; Gov/Muni/Lobby

Thomas G. Hamill

Harrison & Held LLP

217.546.7777 Trust/Will/Estate

Adrian E. Harless

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 Health; Med-Mal Def; PI Defense: General

Michael T. Kokal

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 Comm Lit; Copyright & Trademark; Patent

John O. Langfelder

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 PI Defense: General; Toxic Torts Defense; Workers’ Comp Defense

Deanna Seward Mool

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 Gov/Muni/Lobby; Health

Theresa M. Powell

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 Employment: Management; Med-Mal Def; Prof’l Malpractice Def

Gary S. Schwab

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 PI Defense: General; Prof’l Malpractice Def

Daniel R. Simmons

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 PI Defense: General; Workers’ Compensation Defense

Larry A. Apfelbaum

Kanoski Bresney

217.523.7742 Workers’ Compensation

Todd A. Bresney

Kanoski Bresney

217.523.7742 Personal Injury: General

Charles N. Edmiston II

Kanoski Bresney

217.523.7742 Workers’ Compensation

William J. Harrington

Kanoski Bresney

217.523.7742 Personal Injury: General

John J. Waldman

Kanoski Bresney

217.523.7742 Workers’ Compensation

James E. Neville

Neville Richards & Wuller LLC

618.277.0900 Med-Mal Def; PI Def: General; Prod Liab Def; Transportation Def; Tox Tort Def

Timothy S. Richards

Neville Richards & Wuller LLC

618.277.0900 Med-Mal Def; PI Def: General; Products Liability Def; Tox Tort Def

Cheryl S. Neal

PNC Wealth Management/Estate Settlement

217.753.7130 Trust/Will/Estate

James A. Borland

Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo

217.753.1133 PI Defense: General; Products Liability Defense

Matthew J. Maddox

Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo

217.753.1133 Med-Mal Def; PI Defense: General; Prof’l Malpractice Def

Betsy A. Wirth

Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo

217.753.1133 Family; Med-Mal Def; PI Defense: General

David R. Reid

Reid Law Office LLC

217.546.1001 Close/Private Held; Tax: Business; Tax: Individual; Trust/Will/Estate

Gregory A. Scott

Scott & Scott PC

217.753.8200 Adopt/Reproductive Tech; Family Appellate; Family; Trust/Will/Estate

Jared M. Scott

Scott & Scott PC

217.753.8200 Family; Personal Injury: General

R. Stephen Scott

Scott & Scott PC

217.753.8200 Bankrupt/WO: Comm; Close/Private Held; Tax: Bus; Tax: Indiv; Trust/Will/Est

Michael M. Durr

Sgro Hanrahan Durr Rabin & Bruce LLP

217.789.1200 Real Estate: Assoc/Condo; Real Estate: Comm; RE: Residential

Donald J. Hanrahan

Sgro Hanrahan Durr Rabin & Bruce LLP

217.789.1200 Social Security Disability

Gregory P. Sgro

Sgro Hanrahan Durr Rabin & Bruce LLP

217.789.1200 Land Use/Zoning; Real Estate: Comm; Workers’ Compensation

Timothy M. Shay

Shay and Associates

217.523.5900 Personal Injury: General; PI: Professional Malpractice; Workers’ Comp

Stephen J. Bochenek

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Assoc/Non-Profit; Close/Private Held; Labor: Mgmt; RE: Comm; RE: Resident

Michael C. Connelly

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Close/Private Held; Real Estate: Comm; RE: Tax; Tax: Bus Trust/Will/Estate

E. Zachary Dinardo

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Close/Private Held; Health

William R. Enlow

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Assoc/Non-Profit; Banking & Financial Institutions; Gov/Muni/Lobby

James G. Fahey

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Civil Appellate; Employment: Mgmt; PI Defense: General

Mark H. Ferguson

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Banking; Close/Private Held; Mergers & Acquisitions

C. Clark Germann

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Close/Private Held; Mineral & Natural Resource; Real Estate: Comm

Lisa Harms Hartzler

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Health

Stephen F. Hedinger

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Animal; Environmental; Mineral/Natural Resource

Michael G. Horstman Jr.

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Assoc/Non-Profit; Close/Private Held; RE: Comm; RE: Resident; Tax: Indiv

Brian D. Jones

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Banking; Close/Private Held; Emp Benefits; Real Estate: Comm

John A. Kauerauf

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Close/Private Held; Employment: Management

Kirk W. Laudeman

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Med-Mal Def; PI Def: General; Prof’l Malpractice Def; Transportation Def

James M. Morphew

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Election/Political/Campaign; Gov/Muni/Lobby

Lisa A. Petrilli

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Comm Lit; Gov/Muni/Lobby; Land Use/Zoning; Real Estate: Comm

David A. Rolf

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 AG; Comm Lit; Land Use/Zoning; PI Def: General; Real Estate: Comm

Peggy J. Ryan

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Family

John R. Simpson

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Tax: Individual; Trust/Will/Estate

Stephen A. Tagge

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Banking; Close/Private Held; ADR: Comm Lit; Real Estate: Comm; Tax: Bus

Todd M. Turner

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Banking; Close/Private Held; Real Estate: Comm

These EMERGING LAWYERS have been identified by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in Illinois who are age 40 or younger OR who have been admitted to the practice of law for 10 or fewer years. Brittany Kink Toigo

Barber Segatto Hoffee Wilke & Cate LLP

217.544.4868 Family

Joseph N. Rupcich

Cassiday Schade LLP

217.993.5644 Civil Rights/Constitutional; Med-Mal Def; PI Defense: General

Ashley D. Davis


217.544.3403 Civil Rights/Constitutional; Family

Jason E. Brokaw

Giffin Winning Cohen & Bodewes PC

217.525.1571 Gov/Muni/Lobby

J. Tyler Robinson

Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC

217.522.8822 False Claims Act/Whistle Blower; Health; Med-Mal Def

Jason T.H. Germeraad

Scott & Scott PC

217.753.8200 Bankruptcy: Individual; Comm Lit; Foreclosure Defense

Pamela E. Hart

Scott & Scott PC

217.753.8200 Bankrupt/Workout: Comm; Elder; Family; RE: Residential; Trust/Will/Estate

Benjamin M. Sgro

Sgro Hanrahan Durr Rabin & Bruce LLP

217.789.1200 Personal Injury: General; Real Estate: Comm; RE: Residential; Workers’ Comp

Joshua J. Watson

Sorling Northrup

217.544.1144 Family

Matthew A. Brewer

Stephen P. Kelly, Attorney at Law

217.544.8000 Workers’ Compensation

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CORPORATE CUP GOLF OUTING TO BE HELD JULY 9 The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Piper Glen Golf Club. The Corporate Cup Challenge features Springfield area businesses competing against one another in a shotgun start, scramble format. Teams have their choice of a morning (7:30) or afternoon (12:45) tee time.

Proving a bad day golfing can still be a good day at the office. The 25th Annual Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s Corporate Cup golf outing awards prizes in two scoring flights. The top three teams in each flight will walk away with fantastic prizes, but only the best of the best will win the right to display the Corporate Cup Challenge traveling trophy for the year!

Presenting Sponsor

One major sponsorship opportunity is still available. For additional information, visit the Event Calendar on the Chamber website, www.gscc.org, or contact Heather Woomer at (217) 525-1173 ext. 201 or hwoomer@gscc.org.

Thursday, July 9th Piper Glen Golf Club

Four Person Scramble 7:30 am - Morning Shotgun Starts 11:30 am - Lunch provided 12:45 pm - Afternoon Shotgun Starts Awards Reception immediately following


Tee Gifts Sponsor

Golf Cart Sponsor

Beverage Cart Sponsor






Putting Green Sponsor

Driving Range Sponsor

Visit www.gscc.org or contact Heather Woomer



Awards Reception Sponsor

at (217) 525-1173 x201 or hwoomer@gscc.org to register your team and/or sponsor a hole.


HELP US CELEBRATE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES The Chamber’s 35th Annual Small Business Awards, presented by Hickory Point Bank, recognizes area small business owners for their outstanding achievements in four different categories: • Not-For-Profit Business Director of the Year • New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year • Small Business Owner of the Year • Lifetime Award –Business Owner of the Year Over 200 small business owners have been recognized at this event over the past 34 years. Small businesses are an essential part of our community. Over 80% of our Chamber membership consists of small businesses with less than 25 FTE employees. Supporting the work of small business owners helps our local economy and community. The luncheon provides a great opportunity to network with your clients and friends. This is our opportunity to honor the most outstanding entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and innovation have created and promoted a successful and growing business in the Springfield area. We’ll celebrate the nominees’ accomplishments and successes on Tuesday, June 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center. Reservations are $30 per member ($40 per member after June 7). Table sponsorships are also available for $375 that include 10 seats and your company’s name printed in the luncheon program. For more information about this event, contact Bri Coons at bcoons@gscc.org or 217.525.1173 ext. 216.

Presenting Sponsor








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Due to unforeseen circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak, The Chamber is postponing the State of the City Luncheon to a later date. The Chamber’s annual State of the City event is held to provide attendees with a City of Springfield status report. At the event, Mayor Jim Langfelder reviews accomplishments and challenges from the past year and outlines future priorities. Commercial Real Estate Network of the Capital Area REALTORS serves as Presenting Sponsor. Comcast Business and U.S. Bank are serving as Premier Sponsors.

Premier Sponsors

Updates will be posted on The Chamber’s online Event Calendar and published in our weekly email, The Brief. Registration for the luncheon is/will be available at www.gscc.org or contact Bri Coons at 217.525.1173 ext. 216 or bcoons@gscc.org. Date & Location To Be Determined

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Infrastructure Improvements to Downtown St. Louis – Major Contributor

Pace In-line Transit Facility & Barrington Road at I-90 Interchange

Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield, IL

Winner of the 2019 American Transportation Awards – Grand Prize

ACEC 2019 Abraham Lincoln Grand Conceptor Award –

ACEC Illinois’ 2019 Honor Award

the top engineering project in Illinois

Stormwater category


and the top project in the Waste and

ACEC – American Council of Engineering Companies



EXCLUSIVE ONLINE MARKETING TOOL! Members of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce have access to an exclusive online marketing tool called the Member Information Center (MIC). The MIC is the members’ only section of the Chamber website and it gives members greater control over their business and brand.

Each member has their own web page on The Chamber’s website with the following items available:

• • • Your listing on our website enhances your overall Search Engine • Optimization (SEO). In fact, Google loves chamber websites. It • knows they consist of credible business information and aren’t • trying to cheat their system. Larger Chamber sites are often • very powerful and robust, so a direct link back to the member’s • website is an authoritative and trusted reference point for search • engine relevancy. It tells Google your site is also important by association. In fact, search engine optimization experts believe a unique advantage of being a chamber member is how it positively impacts your SEO.

Business contact and representative information Website link Links to social media Business description Hours of operation Map link and driving directions Submit Hot Deals, job postings, events and member news Online bill pay center and event registration Access to additional chamber resources

If you don’t already have your username and password to access the MIC, please contact David Earhart at The Chamber at (217) 525-1173 ext. 215 or dearhart@gscc.org.

Members can take full advantage of this linkage to their chamber by optimizing their online listing.



The Chamber, along with Dale Carnegie Training of Greater Illinois, Inc. is offering members “Powerful People Skills”, a 3-part leadership development series. Presenter Steve Garland will be back with three completely new topics which also include applications for those involved in sales. Listed below are the re-scheduled dates for the spring series. Each seminar will be held at Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. located at 2401 W. Monroe from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Subway will be providing lunch for all attendees and will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. Members can register for individual seminars for $49 per person or register for all three for $150. Those members registered for the original dates will automatically be registered for these new dates. Register online today at www.gscc.org.

Seminar 1 Building Employee Engagement to Improve Culture Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Seminar 2 Creating a Culture of Cooperation and Collaboration Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Seminar 3 Goal Achievement & Sharing the Glory Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This seminar will focus on the importance of culture, the emotional components of effective employee engagement, and the essential competencies.

Principles of gaining cooperation will be discussed. Not only do these principles help win people to our way of thinking, they tap into the energy and intelligence of the team, encouraging innovation, cooperation, and bottom-line results.

Fundamental mindsets, principles and strategies for achieving goals and how to best share the glory for goal achievement will be discussed. Sharing the glory is a powerful motivator that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes people create for our organizations.







Smart technology is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. Smartphones in our hands and smart devices in our homes connect us with an abundance of data, all at our fingertips. Kurt Bialobreski, P.E., PTOE, an assistant vice president and the chief innovation officer at Springfield-based engineering firm Hanson Professional Services, has made understanding how smart technologies can help clients a priority for the firm. Through the company’s work in civil engineering, staff members have started looking for ways to use smart city concepts and data analytics. These concepts are familiar to Kurt, but he is surprised when he hears about them outside the office — such as during a commercial break for “Meet the Press.” “I was fast-forwarding through the commercials, when I noticed two advertisements I thought were unusual,” he said. “I rewound the recording and watched a commercial from IBM about its Smart Cities initiative. The second was an Esri commercial about data analytics and ‘the science of where.’ ” He had seen a similar IBM commercial before, but the Esri commercial was different. “I’m not sure most people would be familiar with Esri and its software and analytics products. I use Esri products daily, but the goal of the advertisements seemed to be explaining smart cities and analytics, because without these explanations, it’s hard to imagine how these concepts can be applied to our lives.” What is a smart city, and how does it use analytics? To engineers and planners, smart cities are environments in which individual data collection devices connect to larger, more diverse systems that enable improvements in efficiency, safety and even experiences. Analytics is the process of using the data to generate something that changes behaviors and improves outcomes. As more gadgets connect to the internet, we can utilize data to make smarter decisions in our daily actions. These principles can be applied to any interaction between people and the built environment. We may interact with smart systems daily and not know it. Kurt has two smart features at his home: the water meter and a new solar power installation. “Both systems collect data that can be monitored remotely, informing my family of our water and electricity usage and energy production,” he said. The next time you drive to work, think about all the devices your car could connect with to update your route, improve your quality of life and make your city smarter!

Submitted by Hanson Professional Services Inc. ALWAYS BUY CHAMBER


CATEGORY LISTINGS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES To locate a member in any of these categories, please visit our Business Directory at www.gscc.org.

Accountants - C.P.A. Accounting, Bookkeeping or Income Tax Services Architects Auctioneer Services Awards, Plaques & Trophies Banquet Halls & Meeting Rooms Carpet & Rug Cleaners Collection Agencies Consultants - Economic Development Consultants - Environmental & Industrial Consultants - Government Affairs Consultants - Social Media Disaster Restoration Services - Biohazard, Fire, Mold, or Water Electronics Recycling Engineers - Civil Engineers - Civil & Structural Engineers - Consulting Engineers - Geotechnical & Materials Testing Fire & Safety Equipment - Sales & Services

Garbage Removal & Recycling - Residential & Commercial Interior Designers Landscape Architects / Land Planning Legal Marketing and Referral Locksmiths Mold Inspection & Remediation Safes - Commercial & Gun Security Equipment Security Guard & Patrol Service Security Systems & Monitoring Shredding - Paper / Products Speakers - Business, Sports Personalities, and Others Storage - Household & Commercial Surveyors Tax Preparation Universal Waste Recycling Video Surveillance Water Filtration & Purification Equipment Waterproofing


Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, charitable giving and tax strategies have changed for the simple reason that some agribusiness taxpayers may no longer itemize their deductions because of the larger standard deduction. With amounts being $12,200 for single taxpayers and $24,400 for married couples, taxpayers can consider the following strategies for charitable giving.

Gifting Grain Gifting grain can be a great way to make a charitable gift versus a cash donation. If your total itemized deductions don’t exceed the standard deduction, giving a cash donation may not provide you with a tax deduction. By giving grain to your favorite charity, the cash basis farmer will exclude that gifted grain as taxable income, saving federal and state income tax as well as self-employment taxes. By doing this, you exclude income and take the standard deduction. This can benefit the charity while helping you save taxes. Here are some things you need to know about giving grain to charities: • Contact your local grain elevator or cooperative and transfer bushels of grain from your name to the name of the charity • Ask the elevator or cooperative to prove a warehouse receipt to the charity (or some form of support) • Inform the charity that you made this gift and provide them a contact at the elevator or cooperative so they can call and sell the grain

Giving Your IRA Required Minimum Distribution This strategy is another way to receive a tax benefit when making a donation (even if your total itemized deductions are not higher than the standard deduction). The tax law requires that in the year you turn age 70½, you take a minimum distribution from your IRA. This is calculated based on an IRS life expectancy table and determined at the end of the calendar year. These distributions are taxable in the year you receive them. However, the tax law also allows these taxpayers to make a direct contribution of this required amount to charity. These Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) must be made directly from the custodian of the IRA to the charity. Taxpayers are also limited to $100,000 per taxable year for the amount of QCD that may be excluded from gross income.

Major Takeaways The TCJA changes to the standard deduction have impacted how agribusiness taxpayers benefit from charitable giving. Planning and reviewing these strategies in detail can help you get a maximum tax benefit.

Submitted by Sikich LLP






The City of Springfield, Sangamon County and Hanson Professional Services Inc. are entering their seventh year of the Grow Our Own Minority Participation Program. Through this program, the young talents of our city take part in great learning opportunities for brighter futures within our community.

Currently seeking student referrals Visit www.growourown.net for details

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Update – April 2020  

Update Magazine published by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Springfield Illinois. Serves as a communication and information sou...

Update – April 2020  

Update Magazine published by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Springfield Illinois. Serves as a communication and information sou...

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