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The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A | Springfield, Illinois 62701 217.525.1173 | www.gscc.org Chamber Mission Enhance our members’ success and advocate on their behalf Chamber Vision To be the voice of business and catalyst that promotes a vibrant community and economy What We Value Accountability Community Dedication Integrity Leadership Teamwork RISE SPRINGFIELD BIRTHDAY BASH ON THE COVER 7 10 12 16 17 18 19 25 RISE Springfield celebrated its one year anniversary in February. RISE Springfield is the young professionals networking group of The Chamber, designed to engage emerging business leaders ages 21-39. See related stories on page 12. 4 6 8 FEATURES Message From the CEO Proposed Legislation Will Impact Your Business Chamber Awarded Five Star Accreditation Third Time Achieving 5-Star Level Local Officials Address Business Community At State of Greater Springfield Luncheon 5 20 22-23 MEMBER RECOGNITION Tiered Investors Welcome to Our New Members Ribbon Cuttings Conflict Management Seminar Harnessing the Power of Disagreement for Business Success Annual Small Business Awards Help Us Celebrate Local Small Business Owners April Update on RISE Springfield Ambassadors Awards Reception Recognizing Accomplishments in 2023 Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events Murphy Serving on Congresswoman Budzinki’s Ag Advisory Council Leadership Springfield Applications Now Being Accepted Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing 24 INDUSTRY FOCUS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Category Listings


The current session of the Illinois General Assembly has been marked by a flurry of legislative activity, with a staggering 9,718 bills filed. Today, I want to draw attention to a couple of proposals that could significantly impact your business.

One such bill is HB 5345, which aims to eliminate the Illinois Tip Wage Credit. Presently, employees who receive tips can be paid an hourly wage lower than the minimum wage. In Illinois, where the minimum wage stands at $14 per hour, tipped employees may receive $8.40 per hour, with the expectation that their tips will make up the difference to ensure they

earn at least $14 per hour. However, if tips fall short of this threshold, employers are required to compensate for the shortfall.

While the restaurant industry is often the focal point of discussions surrounding this issue, it’s crucial to recognize that HB 5345 would impact a broad spectrum of businesses beyond just restaurants. Barber shops, beauty parlors, bars, breweries, casinos, coffee shops, pet care facilities, and wineries would all feel the effects if this legislation were to pass.

Both tipped employees and business owners have voiced concerns about HB 5345. Similar measures have been implemented elsewhere, most notably in Washington, D.C. in May 2023. Since then, over 3,700 full-service restaurant jobs have been lost in the city. Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association revealed that 2 in 5 frequent diners in Washington, D.C. have reduced their dining out frequency, with one-third opting to dine in suburban areas to avoid establishments with higher menu prices and automated service charges.

With businesses already grappling with rising costs of goods and labor, the passage of this

Chamber’s Core Functions Advocacy

As a significant 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 address specific needs, protect their businesses, and increase opportunities for growth.

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.

initiative could prove to be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back for many establishments, potentially leading to closures.

In his Budget Address, the Governor has proposed a new measure aimed at capping the Retail Discount granted to retailers during the processing of sales tax they collect. Presently, retailers can retain 1.75% of the sales tax they gather for state and local governments.

To illustrate, if a customer purchases $100 worth of goods from a Springfield retail store, the retailer would collect $9.75 for state and local governments. From this, the retailer would retain 1.75%, which amounts to 17cents per $100 in sales, for the administrative tasks involved in paperwork and fund transfers to the State of Illinois.

The Governor’s proposal suggests imposing a cap of $1000 per month on the amount businesses are permitted to retain. It’s important to note that the Illinois Department of Revenue, responsible for administering at least 24 taxes for local government, currently retains 2.17% for its services.

While this measure would predominantly impact larger retailers, there’s a concern that the state may gradually decrease the threshold, eventually burdening all businesses with significant expenditure in revenue collection for the state.

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is part of two statewide coalitions working on stopping these proposals.

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Summit Level

Leadership Level

HSHS Medical Group

Foundation Level

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Visionary Level

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

Express Employment Professionals

Premier Level

U.S. Bank

Catalyst Level

Bank of Springfield


PNC Bank

Sikich LLP

Executive Level


Carrollton Bank


Security Bank, s.b.

Warren-Boynton State Bank

Tiered Investors receive recognition and enhanced services for an additional investment. To learn more, contact Mike Murphy at (217) 525-1173 x205 or mmurphy@gscc.org.

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


Executive Committee


Kayla Edwards .......................... Express Employment Professionals


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

1st Vice Chair

Mylas Copeland Green Toyota Volkswagen Audi

Vice Chair

Jennifer Call TROXELL

Vice Chair

Kevin Corbin ............................................Edward Jones


Josh Shugart KEB

Immediate Past Chair

Sharon Riechers BUNN

At-Large Directors

Kathyy Battee-Freeman University of Illinois Springfield

Brent Borah Bank of Springfield

Chris Bullock Capitol Radio Group

Jeff Dillman.............MASCO Packaging & Industrial Supply, Inc.

Mark Donovan INB

Anna Evans Memorial Health

Josh Flanders Buzz Bomb Brewing Co.

Ronda Folkerts Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Matthew Fry HSHS St. John’s Hospital

Jeff Large Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

Angela Nguyen Horace Mann

Erica Riplinger Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP

Kim Staff Staff Carpet

Cal Thomas Springfield Clinic

Appointed Director

Bryan Gleckler Lincoln Land Community College


Mike Murphy........................................President & CEO

Lisa Schafer...........................................VP - Operations

David Earhart............................VP - Member Services

Teri Hill..............................Advertising Representative

Melissa Horn Events Manager




The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce with its designation of Accredited with 5 Stars for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

This is the third time the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has achieved the 5-star accredited status. Only 2% of chambers in the U.S. are awarded this level of accreditation, which is in effect for 5 years. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance,

Five-Star Distinction

government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.

Several areas were highlighted by the Accrediting Board, who stated “The chamber is a vocal advocate for the region’s business community. It has fostered an excellent working relationship with elected officials and is engaged with many regional and state working groups and associations. The chamber is recognized for its leadership role in the All in for Economic Recovery group, as well as for its Advocacy Advisory Council and its Mayoral Forum.” The Accrediting Board also noted that, “The chamber is recognized for its Disaster Recovery Plan as well as its utilization of the Ready Action Plan to address service continuity. The chamber does an excellent job recognizing the work of its volunteers. It is noted for its partnership with BIGG Success and its resource library.”

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

11:00 - 11:30 am (Lunch & Networking)

11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Program)

INB Conference Center

431 S. 4th St., Springfield, IL

The Chamber and presenting sponsor ZIebler & Associates are hosting a Conflict Management Seminar on Wednesday, June 5. This comprehensive conflict management training is designed to empower individuals across all levels of business—owners, leaders, colleagues, and partners—with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively manage, resolve, and prevent conflicts within the workplace.

The core aim is to transform how conflicts are perceived and handled, shifting from viewing them as obstacles to recognizing them as opportunities for growth, enhanced performance, and collaboration.


Practical Skills

Strategic Use of Conflict

Enhanced Communication

A Better Understanding of Conflict Strategies for Boosting Morale and Profitability


Whether you are a business owner seeking to cultivate a more harmonious workplace, a leader aiming to enhance team performance, a colleague looking to build better relationships, or a partner striving for more productive collaborations, this training is tailored for you. Essentially, it is designed for anyone and everyone who recognizes the importance of effective conflict management in achieving personal and professional success.



$49 per person (through May 22)

$65 per person (after May 22)


$85 per person (Lunch will be provided)

To register, visit the Event Calendar at www.gscc.org.



David Ziebler is a highly accomplished and credentialed professional with a passion for coaching, training, and organizational development. With over 11 years of experience at the SIU School of Medicine, David has established himself as a leader in his field, leveraging his extensive expertise to help individuals and organizations achieve their full potential.

David holds multiple prestigious designations, including being a Board Certified Coach (BCC), a Trauma Informed Professional Coach (TIPC), and a Registered Organization Development Professional (RODP). He is also recognized as a Master Trainer and Master Performance Consultant by the Association for Talent Development, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in training and development.

For questions contact Melissa Horn at (217) 525-1173 x216 or mhorn@gscc.org.




Springfield Mayor Misty Buscher and Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter will review accomplishments and challenges of the past year and outline priorities for the upcoming months for the City and County at the State of Greater Springfield Luncheon on Thursday, May 2. Following these presentations, they will answer questions posed in advance by attendees.

Presented by the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) of the Capital Area REALTORS, the event will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A DoubleTree by Hilton, beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $60 per person. Table

sponsorships are also available for $650 that include 10 seats and your company’s name printed in the luncheon program.

Those attending the State of Greater Springfield Luncheon have the opportunity to provide questions in advance of the event. Chamber staff will review all questions and have sole discretion in determining which questions are asked at the event. It is the Chamber’s intention to include a diverse selection to the Mayor and Chairman. Time constraints may limit the number of questions asked.

To register for the luncheon or to submit a question, visit www.gscc.org or contact Melissa Horn at 217.525.1173 ext. 216 or mhorn@gscc.org.

May 2, 2024

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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The Chamber believes supporting the work of small business owners helps our local economy and community. Over 80% of our Chamber membership consists of small businesses with less than 25 Full-Time Employees.

That’s one of many reasons The Chamber holds its annual Small Business Awards Luncheon. It’s an 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. The Luncheon also provides a great opportunity to network with your clients and friends.

This year will mark the 38th year that the Luncheon has been held. Nearly 350 small business owners have been recognized at this event over the past 37 years.

Presented by Hickory Point Bank, The Chamber will recognize area small business owners for their outstanding achievements in four different categories:

• Not-For-Profit Director of the Year

• New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year

• Small Business Owner of the Year

• Lifetime Award – Business Owner of the Year

Nominees will be recognized for their accomplishments and successes and recipients will be announced at the Luncheon on Tuesday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center.

The cost to attend is $45 per person through May 23 and increases to $55 after that date. Table sponsorships that include 10 seats and additional visibility are $550. To register go to www.gscc.org or contact Melissa Horn at 217-525-1173 x 216 or by email at mhorn@ gscc.org.


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Presented by Green Toyota Volkswagen Audi RISE is hosting a Speed Networking Luncheon on April 22, 2024 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Main Auditorium at Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

This luncheon provides young professionals, ages 21-39, an opportunity to expand their professional network in a fast-paced and exciting, structured format!

The first half hour will include lunch and general networking. Then, Speed Networking will begin promptly at 12:00 noon! Attendees will be assigned to a table of up to 5 people, and have 2 minutes to give a brief presentation about the products and services their business offers, share information about

their current role and provide a brief summary of their professional background. Each attendee will give their presentation six times to a different group of people. Attendees are encouraged to bring a one-page summary of their business and plenty of business cards (24 of each)!

Space is limited to the first fifty (50) young professionals who register, and cost to attend is $25.

Advance registration with payment is required. Register at www.gscc.org or contact Jasmine Dickerson at jdickerson@gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 207.


Individuals will be responsible for actively participating in the work of the sub-committee by volunteering to take assignments and other tasks that pertain to the specific mission. If interested in participating, contact Jasmine Dickerson at (217) 525-1173 x 207 or by email at jdickerson@gscc.org.

• Clothing Drive: responsible for set-up, volunteering the day of, and getting leftover clothing to Goodwill after the clothing drive.

• Community Service: responsible for volunteering at RISE community service initiatives throughout 2024.

• Events: responsible for planning events and assisting at events, including registration and other tasks.


At its Birthday Bash, RISE Springfield celebrated the successes of the first year as a program and revealed opportunities for young professionals to become more involved with RISE in 2024.

RISE Springfield would like to thank the following businesses for contributing to the RISE Birthday Bash: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., Crumbl Cookies Springfield, Designed with Details, Emerald’s Eats, Express Employment Professionals, Green Toyota, Home Plate Bar & Grill, KEB, Memorial Health Championship Presented by LRS, Springfield Clinic, TechGuard Security, University of Illinois Springfield, and Visit Springfield.

• Special Project: assist with planning details for future Leadership Summit or other special projects and assisting at these events. FOLLOW

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The Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee held its annual Awards Reception on February 6 at Engrained Brewing Company. Ambassadors were recognized for their accomplishments in 2023. Awards were presented for attendance at various events, Top Ten in individual points, first place in team points, Spirit of the Ambassador and Ambassador of the Year.




Jeremy Logue, recipient of both the Spirit of the Ambassador and Ambassador of the Year awards.

The Ambassadors are The Chamber’s membership committee. Committee members work to increase awareness of Chamber activities and programs to current members. Ambassadors also serve as Chamber representatives at events such as ribbon cuttings, Chamber on Tap, and Coffee & Connections.


Tiffany Bauman, Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Courtney Bouvet, CEFCU

Kelsey Brady, Carrollton Bank

Creighton Burrell, Computer Works

Brittany Clark, Hospital Sisters Health System

Kate Dyer, MCB Trust & Wealth Management

Kyle Edmiston, Edward Jones

Sarah Frey, Lincoln Land Community College

Maggie Gullo, LRS Web Solutions

Alexis Haven, Animal Protective League

Catherine Henebry, American Heart Association

Derek Hensley, State Farm

Schyler Hollis, Bank of Springfield

Angelyn Howe, Keller Williams Capital Realty

Adrienne Kipp, Springfield Housing Authority

Jeremy Logue, Heartland Credit Union

Andy Lunt, MASCO Packaging & Industrial Supply

Shawn Miller, Miller Mid-America Insurance

Diana Nielsen, INB

Michelle Pulce-Flynn, Lincoln Land Community College

Rachel Shea, Built Interior Construction

Brandy Stabler, Compass for Kids

Taylor Stevens, SYNERGY HomeCare

Teresa Tran, Springfield Clinic

Janell Woolard, i3 Broadband

Wendell Zulauf, Jr., Sunbelt Rentals

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Above, Top Ten (l-r) - Lisa Peterson (Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission), Kyle Edmiston, Maggie Gullo, Jeremy Logue, Diana Nielsen, Kristen Spilman (Nothing Bundt Cakes), Courtney Bouvet, and Taylor Stevens. Not pictured, Angelyn Howe and Andy Lunt. Above, First Place Team “Fab Five”, team captain Adrienne Kipp. (l-r) - Michelle Pulce-Flynn, Jeremy Logue, Kipp, Shawn Miller, and Kristen Spilman. - TOTAL POINTS


Detailed event information is available in the Chamber Event Calendar at www.gscc.org.

July 18 & 19

Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing

Piper Glen Golf Club

August 27

Fall Job Fair

Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center

September 19

Elected Officials Reception Panther Creek Country Club

October 3

‘Shoes, Brews & Biz

LRS Hangar

November 7

Economic Outlook Breakfast

Lincoln Land Community College


May 16 - Sarah Petty Photography and JH Petty & Associates

June 20 - Broadway Graham Wealth Partners

July 11 - Kidzeum of Health & Science

August 22 - Knob Hill Landscape Company

November 7 - Green Toyota

December 12 - District 23 Boutique


May 7 - Compass for Kids

August 6 - Williamsville State Bank & Trust

September 10 - HDR

October 8 - Hope

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President & CEO, Mike Murphy participated in the Congresswoman Budzinski Agricultural Advisory Council meeting held in Monticello on March 29. Having been a member of the council for over a year, Murphy contributes to advising the congresswoman on local agricultural matters. The agenda covered various topics, including updates on the progress of the Farm Bill, available grants for farmers, potential establishment of an agriculture technology hub in central Illinois, and discussion on workforce development initiatives.

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The application for the Leadership Springfield Class of 2024, which begins in September, is available on The Chamber’s website.

Leadership Springfield (LS) is a 14 week series of half day programs in which 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, Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Local & State Government, 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, 2024. Applications will be reviewed in July and applicants will be notified of their selection status later that month.

For more information about Leadership Springfield, visit www.gscc. org/leadership-springfield or contact David Earhart at (217) 525-1173 ext. 215 or dearhart@gscc.org.


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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).



For more information on our new members, please visit our Business Directory at www.gscc.org


Anvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling Co., Inc.

Brezie’s Roasted Beans & Gaming LLC

CORE Construction Services of Illinois, Inc.

The Crafted Stag Supply

Crumbl Cookies Springfield

CSL Plasma

Dana-Thomas House Foundation

Elite Lawn Care

Field Level Agriculture, Inc.

Glaze Hair & Nail Salon

Golden Bridges, Inc.

Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Joseph’s Fine Cuisine

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

Makeover Dental

Mercury Public Affairs

Morgan Stanley

Plunkett’s Pest Control

Rancho Chico

Rose Aesthetics & Wellness Clinic

Safelite AutoGlass

Springfield Air Force Recruiting Office

Springfield Reprographics, Inc.

Tax Partners Holdings, Inc.

TaylorMade Landworks

217 Mortgage

UKA North America

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22 TheCHAMBERUPDATE | gscc.org RIBBON CUTTINGS BANK & TRUST COMPANY 10 Plummer Blvd., Chatham, IL 62629 (217) 483-3343 ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM -NEW EXHIBIT 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701 | (217) 717-8520 BREZIE’S ROASTED BEANS & GAMING LLC 3351 S. Sixth St., Suite 2, Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 761-0996 COMPUTER WORKS FAMILY, LLC 215 N. Main St. Chatham, IL 62629 (217) 483-1171 DABBLE 1704 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 971-6781 KENTUCKY BURN 1104 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 960-5081 CRUMBL COOKIES SPRINGFIELD 3429 Freedom Dr. Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704 (801) 368-4361 GREEN HYUNDAI 601 W. Stanford Ave., Springfield, IL 62704 (217) 525-1370 For more information on these businesses, please visit our Business Directory at www.gscc.org .
23 ALWAYS BUY CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTINGS MAKEOVER DENTAL 687 E. Linton Ave., Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 522-1111 MAIN GATE BAR & GRILL 2143 N. 11th St., Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 528-8940 RANCHO CHICO 3028 E. Stanford Ave., Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 622-5599 TAX PARTNERS HOLDINGS 2060 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704 (217) 241-4597 YMCA OF SPRINGFIELD-150TH ANNIVERSARY First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th St., Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 544-9846 protect your business from risk risk assessments | Emergency operations planning | Tabletop exercises leadership and communication coaching 217-803-0295 mary@blue-empress-consulting.com www.blue-empress-consulting.com Lead • Influence • Impact



Category Listings

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

Accountants - C.P.A.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Services

Agribusiness Accounting Services



Auctioneer Services

Audio-Visual - Sales, Service or Rental

Awards, Plaques & Trophies

Background Screenings

Building & Grounds

Cleaning & Maintenance

Business Consulting

Business Services

Carpet & Rug Cleaners

Cleaning Services - Commercial

Consultants - Economic Development

Consultants - Government Affairs

Credit Card Services

Disaster Restoration Services - Biohazard, Fire, Mold, or Water

Drug-Free Workplace - Policies & Procedures

Dry Cleaning

Electronics Recycling

Engineers - Civil

Engineers - Civil & Structural

Engineers - Consulting

Event Planning

Event Venues & Meeting Rooms

Factor - Accounts Receivable Purchased

Fire & Safety Equipment - Sales & Services

Garbage Removal & Recycling - Residential & Commercial

Interior Designers

Landscape Architects / Land Planning

Legal Marketing and Referral

Linen Services



Mailing Services

Management Consulting


Merchant Processing

Mold Inspection & Remediation

Motivational Services

Office Equipment

Office Furniture

Office Rentals

Office Supplies

Packaging Services, Supplies & Shipping

Payroll Services

Printer Toner and Cartridges

Printers - Sales or Service

Printing & Mailing - Commercial

Printing Services

Product Design Firms

Promotional Product Distributor

Public Relations

Records Management & Storage

Safes - Commercial & Gun

Security Equipment

Security Guard & Patrol Service

Security Systems & Monitoring

Shredding - Paper / Products

Small Business Assistance, Information & Advocacy

Storage - Household & Commercial


Tax Accounting

Tax Planning and Consulting

Title & Escrow Companies

Training - Leadership, Professional, or Workforce Development


Universal Waste Recycling

Video Production Services

Video Surveillance

Water Filtration & Purification Equipment

Waterproofing & Foundation Repair

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Proving a bad day golfing can still be a good day at the office.

Four Person Scramble - Each Day 11:00 am - Lunch provided 12:00 pm - Shotgun Start 5:30 pm - 19th Hole Reception

Visit www.gscc.org or contact David Earhart at (217) 525-1173 x215 or dearhart@gscc.org to register your team and/or sponsor a hole.

The 29th Annual Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
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Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19, 2024 Piper Glen Golf Club

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