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Lead • Influence • Impact

February 2018 Volume III No. 1

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• Chamber asssists in effort to amend city comprehensive plan • Job Fair set for March 22 • Chamber celebrates accomplishments and volunteers at Annual Gala

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CONTENTS Features On the Cover

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Message from the CEO

GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Jim Britton.................................................................Chair Express Employment Professionals

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Chamber assists in efforts to amend city comprehensive plan

John P. McCarthy..........................................Chair-Elect

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Lori Milosevich.............................Secretary/Treasurer

Don’t miss the State of the City Luncheon

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Chamber celebrates accomplishments and volunteers at Annual Gala

The Horace Mann Companies

Jennifer Gill................................................1st Vice Chair Springfield Public School District 186

Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden

Tom Gihl......................................Immediate Past Chair

Illinois National Bank

At-Large Directors Roger Austin.......................Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Jennifer Boyer...............................Springfield Clinic, LLP Dr. Ruby Davis..............................Ruby Funeral Services

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U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis, right, speaks with Sergio “Satch” Pecori of Hanson Professional Services Inc. at a gathering held January 12 at The Chamber to discuss tax reform.

The John Maxwell Co. LIVE2LEAD event being held again

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Business Blast to debut in April

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Register for the spring Job Fair

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Connecting with elected officials

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Constant Contact email marketing

Raylene DeWitte Grischow...........................Hinshaw &

Culbertson LLP

Pamela Frazier.....................................All In One On-Site

Wash & Detail

Dr. Susan J. Koch............University of Illinois Springfield Dr. Charles Lucore..................HSHS St. John’s Hospital Eloise L. Mackus.........................................Security Bank Greg Matthews...........................Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. Mike Murphy......................MPM Restaurant Consultants Brady Smith...........................Zara’s Collision Center, Inc. Adam Solomon...............................Solomon Colors, Inc.

Appointed Member John Staff........................................................Staff Carpet

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Member Recognition 14

Ribbon Cuttings

Our Mission:

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Welcome to our New Members

Enhance our members’ success and advance our economy.

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Advertiser’s Index

Our Vision: To be a catalyst that helps create a strong, growing economy through talent, leadership and collaboration.

Industry Focus Real Estate & Construction 10-11 Member listings 10

Kidzeum to breathe new life into historic downtown buildings

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Real Estate Outlook for 2018

Chris Hembrough........................President and CEO Lisa Schafer....................Vice President - Operations David Earhart......................Vice President - Member Services Joshua Collins............................Director of Business and Community Development Bri Coons.............................................Events Manager Ashley Earnest...................................Events Manager Sarah Graham..........................Director of Workforce Development Teri Hill.............................Advertising Representative Tom Owen.........Membership Sales Representative Wayne Utterback............Communications Manager Cassie Veach.......................Administrative Assistant

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Message from the CEO A year of transition

Many of you have read or heard about the formation of an Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for our community, a stand-alone entity with resources and a staff solely focused on economic development. For a number of years, we have had our Quantum Growth Initiative (Q5), our public/private partnership working with our community on economic development efforts. Many of you have asked me, what does this mean for The Chamber and Q5? Let me summarize it this way: 2018 will be a year of transition. There have been many discussions and a significant amount of information shared regarding the proposed creation of the EDC over the last few months. Overall, the consensus is that this is a real opportunity to build on the good work our Q5 initiative has accomplished. If we can take our community to the next level when it comes to economic development, why wouldn’t we support this effort? While the EDC is being created and until it is operational, we will continue the work of our Q5 initiative so there are no gaps in services to our community and the projects we are currently assisting. Once it is operating, we will work alongside the EDC in whatever ways possible to help move our community forward.

Chris Hembrough President and CEO The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

This transition also opens the door to significant opportunities for The Chamber. It allows us, as we move into the future, to be more focused and direct more resources to these Four Core Functions: • Increased Business Advocacy: As we move into 2018, more than ever we will embrace our role as the leading voice OF and FOR business, as the organization that will promote and influence pro-business, pro-growth policies and procedures, and oppose those that are not. We will track local, state, and federal legislation and inform you of how it may impact your business and our community. We will inform and guide you when action is needed, and provide the necessary information and the most effective ways to take action. • Business Resources, Support, & Assistance: We will continue to provide, assist, and facilitate resources to specific businesses as issues are identified during visits with our member businesses and organizations. We will provide significant money saving opportunities through negotiated deals with an energy co-op and our many media partners, all of which are available exclusively to our members. Through our job fairs and job board, we will assist with workforce needs. And this year, we are offering for the first time, a new program to provide strategic planning and team building

resources that could change the culture and performance of your organization. • Leadership & Professional Development: We will continue to provide opportunities like the John Maxwell LIVE2LEAD event – which we will host again on March 29; Refresh Leadership in partnership with Express Employment Professionals, and a potential advanced, next level leadership development program. We will also offer training opportunities on Human Resources, Labor Law compliance, Soft Skills, and other “Business Hot Topics” like our upcoming Cybersecurity Seminar. • Visibility and Strategic Connections: We will recognize and celebrate member and volunteer accomplishments through events like the Annual Gala and Small Business Awards Luncheon. We will provide significant marketing opportunities through the member’s only section of our website, our growing social media presence, and memberto-member advertising options. We will create strategic relationship building and connection points through events like the Corporate Cup Golf Challenge, ‘Shoes & Brews, and the Economic Outlook Breakfast.

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The John Maxwell Co. LIVE2LEAD event being held again

The Chamber will host a second rebroadcast of The John Maxwell Company LIVE2LEAD leadership development event which features John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder, and Warrick Dunn. This event is open to the general public (first event was members only). The rebroadcast will take place on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Dove Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute (619 E. Mason St., Springfield). LIVE2LEAD is designed to deliver the very best leadership content that inspires and motivates all who attend. It is a world-class leadership experience packed into a half-day format, full of rich content, key takeaways, and easy-to-implement action plans. Registration is now open. For members, the cost to attend is $59 per person through March 9 ($75 after). The non-member price to attend is $85. To register, visit the Event Calendar on the Chamber’s website or contact Bri Coons at (217) 525-1173 ext. 216 or bcoons@gscc.org. A leadership development rebroadcast featuring: JOHN C. MAXWELL is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books in 50 languages. Maxwell was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association®. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company,

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The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 6 million leaders in every nation. Maxwell will be joined by: DAVE RAMSEY is a personal moneymanagement expert and popular national radio personality. Dave’s multi-milliondollar company, Ramsey Solutions, offers a message of hope, to anyone who wants to better understand the principles of proper money management, the importance of strong leadership, and focused intensity on setting and reaching individual goals. CHERYL BACHELDER is a passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO for Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl inspired a servant leader culture that is expressed in Popeyes’ six guiding principles. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and was named by CNBC’s Jim Cramer as one of his “21 Bankable CEOs” for 2014. WARRICK DUNN played 12 seasons in the NFL amassing five 1,000-yard rushing seasons and selected for the Pro Bowl three times. Through Warrick Dunn Charities, Dunn honors his mother, a single-mother of six who was killed during his senior year of high school, leaving him to watch over his five siblings. His program has assisted over 152 single parents and 409 dependents nationwide with achieving firsttime homeownership.

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March 29, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Chamber assists in effort to amend city comprehensive plan The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce worked with the private sector development community including the Capital Area REALTORS, the Springfield Area Home Builders Association, engineers and developers, to request amendments to the City of Springfield’s Comprehensive Plan. While The Chamber believed the drafters of the plan had good intentions, there was concern that certain parts of the plan could be used by future administrations to prohibit development. The Chamber and the development community were also concerned that the plan could have been utilized by growing voices in our community against development and capital investment.

Comprehensive Plan City of Springfield, Illinois 2017—2037 PART I: Forging a New Legacy Prepared for the City of Springfield by the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan 2017—2037

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After hearing our concerns, staff with the City and the Springfield/ Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission worked with us to change some of the language in the plan and did not change the intent of the plan. The Chamber would like to thank the Mayor and Aldermen for their collaboration on and support of these amendments.

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Don’t miss the State of the City Luncheon

Join your peers and local leaders for a status report on the city of Springfield. Mayor Jim Langfelder will provide the administration’s view on the state of the city, review the accomplishments and challenges from the past year, and outline priorities for the upcoming months at the annual State of the City luncheon, presented by the Commercial Real Estate Network of the Capital Area REALTORS. The event will be held on Thursday, May 10 at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A DoubleTree by Hilton. The event will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and is slated to adjourn by 12:45 p.m. The early bird registration price is $30 for Chamber members if purchased on or before Friday, April 20. After that date, the price is $40 for members. Table sponsorships are available for $350 (include 10 seats and company name printed in luncheon program). For more information, please contact Ashley Earnest at (217) 525-1173 ext. 212 or aearnest@gscc.org.

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Business Blast to debut in April

Build business relationships at new mini-expo

One of the core functions of The Chamber is to provide members with opportunities for increased visibility and beneficial connections. To further this effort, The Chamber will hold a mini-business expo, called Business Blast, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. The event will last from 3 - 7 p.m. and include a Business After Hours. The largest Speed Networking event will also be held earlier that morning from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The early bird cost for exhibit space is $200 with parking included. The early bird discount registration deadline is March 30.

This mini-expo will provide members an excellent opportunity to meet other members and build business relationships. Exhibiting at Business Blast is a great way to increase exposure of your business to our entire membership. This smaller expo will be limited to approximately 40 exhibit spaces. Each participant will be provided with a 6’ skirted table with two chairs and

electricity upon request (we recommend that you provide your own extension cord). Complimentary admission for two employees will be offered to each exhibitor. Additional employees will assume the normal $5 charge for members and $15 charge for guests.

Each exhibitor may begin setting up their displays at 11:30 a.m. once the Speed Networking portion of the day has ended. A large crowd is expected, so all tables should be completely set up by 2 p.m. Displays should not be dismantled until 7 p.m. The April Update magazine will include an exhibitor list and map to promote the members participating. Exhibitors can also send one person to Speed Networking for free. For more information or to reserve your space at Business Blast, contact Bri Coons at (217) 525-1173 ext. 216 or bcoons@ gscc.org.

EXHIBITOR BENEFITS • Promotion in Update magazine • Visibility at event • 6” skirted table with 2 chairs • Free parking Registration deadline – March 30

Northwestern Mutual - Springfield partners with UIS “We are committed to impact in our communities. We hope that our scholarship opportunity allows UIS students the ability to pursue a career in financial services and create impact of their own.” D. Patrick Scheina Managing Director and Financial Advisor Northwestern Mutual www.patrickscheina.com

For information, call 217.206.6058 or email giftinfo@uis.edu; Website: www.uis.edu/ReachingStellar/ Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM). David Patrick Scheina is a District Agent of NM.

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Register for the spring Job Fair The Greater Springfield C h a m b e r J o b F a i r, n o w i n its 20th year, will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Presenting Sponsor of the spring fair is Lincoln Land Community College and the Title Sponsor is Express Employment Professionals.

Company representatives are continually impressed with the professionalism and the high quality job seekers that attend The Chamber job fairs. An average of 500 job seekers traditionally attend these events, allowing companies the opportunity to screen and network with many individuals in a short period of time. Companies frequently report high satisfaction with their results from the job fair events, including strengthening their talent pool and/or hiring new employees.

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This event is open to Chamber and non-Chamber members. Register by Thursday, March 1 to get the early bird rate. Please note that the spring Job Fair is being held two weeks earlier due to the Easter holiday. Also, mark your calendars for the fall Job Fair, which is being held on Tuesday, August 28. For more information, contact Sarah Graham at sgraham@gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 221. Wayne Utterback/The Chamber

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I wanted to personally thank you for doing such an amazing job on my proposal book. The 100# silk text was a great choice and the binding was perfect. Quality work sir. Thank you! Adam, Graphic Designer - Chicago Thanks for getting all those graphics done and delivered on such short notice. You guys never fail to exceed our expectations. Thanks for everything. Please share our gratitude with the rest of your team. Andrea, Internet and Marketing Manager, Springfield The booklet brochures were dropped off earlier this morning. We are very pleased with the quality of paper, print, and stitching. The overall booklet is perfect and we can’t wait to send these out to all of our partners and interested clients. I’d like to thank you and your team for all of your hard work and effort. We are very pleased and will be back for more once we run out of all of these! Thanks, Matt, Architect - Springfield Received our cards today. Great job. They really turned out nice. Thanks for getting them to us quickly. Lori, Construction Office Manager - Peoria Amazing,beautiful,incredible, thank you- thank you- thank you. Rick you are awesome!Pass the awesome along to your print guy please. You will be seeing me again. Andrew, Designer - Springfield

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Kidzeum to breathe new life into historic downtown buildings Springfield’s new children’s museum – The Kidzeum of Health and Science – is on track to open this summer on South Adams Street. The museum will be located in the historic Schnepp and Barnes buildings at 412, 414 and 416 East Adams Street, a prime location for the museum because of its close proximity to other tourist attractions. Since last summer, construction crews have been renovating the 25,000-square-foot building including adding an elevator and small addition to the exterior of the building. Since part of the structure dates back to 1884, and other parts date back to 1941, the building is being carefully renovated in accordance with historical preservation guidelines. Dedicated to teaching children of all abilities about health and science through discovery and play, the museum will occupy 19,500 square feet and three stories of space. The exhibits are

designed to be interactive so that as children play, they also learn. The museum will have four major galleries that each contain up to a hundred interactives for every Kidzeum attendee who, regardless of limitation or ability, will be able to experience aspects of learning and discovery through interactive exhibits and inquisitive programming.

Kidzeum’s flagship gallery is “Active Alex,” a three-story, 40-foot-tall human body that will enable people to see and experience all systems of the body and learn how to keep them healthy. Kids will be able to crawl through Alex’s intestines and hear gurgling sounds, set a bone, look through a vision tester and see what color blindness looks like and touch neurons in the brain that will light up and explain their function, and much, much more. Kidzeum helps fill a void left by Springfield Children’s Museum, which closed in January of

2001 due to inadequate space. In 2008, a group of community members formed the Kidzeum of Health and Science Board of Directors, Trustees, and volunteers to revive the idea of a children’s museum in Springfield, this one focusing on health and wellness. HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital has played a large role in the creation of the museum by providing $1.25 million in funding, and lending expertise in health and education for planning the exhibits. In addition, the State of Illinois provided Kidzeum a $1 million grant, and the city will provide $1.2 million in downtown tax increment financing funds. The remainder was raised through individual and business donations over an eight-year period. For more information about Kidzeum, visit kidzeum.org. Submitted by O’Shea Builders

MEMBER LISTINGS FOR REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

For more information about these members, visit our Business Directory at www.gscc.org. Architects

Allied Design Consultants, Inc. - Bruce M. Bollero BLDD Architects, Inc. - Jessica Whitlock BSA LifeStructures - Kevin Token Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. - Roger A. Austin AICP, George Cain Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects - Timothy B Smith FWAI Architects Inc. - Paul Wheeler Graham & Hyde Architects, Inc. - Thomas J. Hyde, James C. Cosgriff AIA, Kevin L Handy, Michael D. Zellers AIA Hanson Professional Services Inc. - Kirk Brown, Tim Schroeder John Shafer & Associates, Inc. - John M Shafer Melotte Morse Leonatti Parker, Ltd. (MMLP) - T. David Parker Quenette Development LLC - Larry Quenette Steckel-Parker Architects, Inc. - David Steckel

Contractors - Masonry

Galassi Masonry Contractors, Inc. - Theodore C. Galassi

Contractors - Pre-Engineered Commercial Buildings Morton Buildings, Inc. - Eric Peterson

Construction

Halverson Construction Co., Inc. - Steven V. Halverson Joyner Construction Services, Inc. - Corky Joyner Mid-Illinois Companies - Robert Taylor Next Gen - Zack Thiel

Contractors - Equipment & Supplies

Altorfer Inc. - Fred Campbell Bobcat of Springfield - J.P. McClernon Martin Equipment of Illinois, Inc. - Keith T. Ackerman Roland Machinery Co. - Raymond E. Roland

Contractors - General Construction

Aaron’s Construction, Inc. - Marc Landrey Buraski Builders, Inc. - Frank Buraski Creasey Construction of Illinois, Inc. - Jan Creasey Evans Construction Company - Donald H Evans Halverson Construction Co., Inc. - Steven V. Halverson 10

Jones-Blythe Construction Co. - John F. Blythe Landgrebe Interior Construction - Michael Landgrebe Michael von Behren Builder, Inc. - Kim Morris Morton Buildings, Inc. - Eric Peterson O’Shea Builders - Bridget Ingebrigtsen R. D. Lawrence Construction Co., Ltd. - John Goetz Siciliano, Inc. - Richard Lawrence Spectrum Services Corporation - Joseph R. White Lynn Wilson Construction, Inc. - Lynn Wilson Windsor Homes, Inc. - Mike Niehaus

Engineers - Civil

Andrews Engineering, Inc. - Kenneth Liss Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. - Roger A. Austin AICP, Ty Besalke PE, Stan Hansen Hanson Professional Services Inc. - Jeffery T. Ball Martin Engineering Company - Philip G. Martin P.E.

Engineers - Civil & Structural

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. - Lou Dixon Cummins Engineering Corporation - Michael D. Cummins P.E. S.E. Fehr Graham - Frederick M. Coombe Greene & Bradford, Inc. - Kashif Syed Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc. - Steve W. Megginson Hanson Professional Services Inc. - Gary Clack, Jim Moll, Jeff Tatarek Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. - Michael Sutton

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Real Estate - Lease or Rental Properties (Residential)

Engineers - Geotechnical & Materials Testing

Real Estate - Property Management

Amec Foster Wheeler - Brad Loomis Prairie Engineers of Illinois, P.C. - Lisa Kramer

Chatham Hills Apartments - Troy Minton Lease Home to Buy - Kemi Osibamowo

Professional Service Industries, Inc. - Bill Pongracz P.E.

Real Estate - Appraisers

Circle M Appraisal, Inc. - Heidi McKinney RKB Appraisal Service - Robert Briney

Real Estate - Commercial Sales or Leasing

Albanese Realty Corp. - Dennis Albanese Capital Area Real Estate - Philip Chiles Central Realty LLC - Albert Casey Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. - Arthur F. Seppi, Douglas Kent Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, Inc. - Curtis Tillett Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell - Don Cave Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) - Daniel R. Sale Garrison Group, Inc. - Glen P. Garrison Hurwitz Enterprises, LLC - Joseph Hurwitz Myers Commercial Real Estate, Inc. - Stephen D Myers Myers Family Properties - Stephen D. Myers Myers Rice Auction & Realty - Jeff Hamrick NAI True - Commercial Real Estate Services, Worldwide - Samuel D. Nichols RE/MAX Professionals - Edward J. Mahoney Todd P. Smith Commercial Real Estate - Todd P. Smith Wanless-Spengler, Ltd. - Jim Kuhar

Real Estate - Developers

Charles W. Adams Developer - Charles W. Adams Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. - Arthur F. Seppi, Douglas Kent Garrison Group, Inc. - Glen P. Garrison Klemm Development Co. - John W. Klemm MGR Springfield Partners, LLC - Steven Madlinger NAI True - Commercial Real Estate Services, Worldwide - Samuel D. Nichols Sallenger Development LLC - Cathy Sallenger

Albanese Realty Corp. - Dennis Albanese Apartment Mart of Springfield, Inc. - Chris Holloway Capital City Property Management - Glenna Winters Core 3 Property Management - Stacy Cory Denmar Builders, Inc. - Dennis M McEvoy Garrison Group, Inc. - Glen P. Garrison Morrison Properties LLC - Steve Morrison Myers Commercial Real Estate, Inc. - Stephen D Myers Myers Family Properties - Stephen D. Myers NIR Roof Care, Inc. - Josh Baughman Pacific Management, Inc. - Patrick Somers Springfield Mechanical Corporation - Sherrie Smith

Real Estate - Relocation Specialists

Albanese Realty Corp. - Dennis Albanese Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. - Arthur F. Seppi Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell - Don Cave RE/MAX Professionals - Beverly Collins

Real Estate - Residential Sales

Albanese Realty Corp. - Dennis Albanese Capital Area Real Estate - Philip Chiles Capital City Property Management - Roger Davis Jr. Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. - Arthur F. Seppi Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell - Don Cave Keller Williams Capital - John Kerstein MTM Enterprises, Inc. - Mark Selvaggio Next Gen - Zack Thiel RE/MAX Professionals - Allan R Young, Beverly Collins, Melissa Dowson Vorreyer The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Michael J. Buscher, Ashley Coker, Julie D Davis, Thomas Frost, Rebecca Hendricks, Rachel Pate, Caron Yates Wanless-Spengler, Ltd. - Jim Kuhar

Real Estate Outlook for 2018 The outlook for real estate in Springfield and the surrounding markets for 2018 is very optimistic. There seems to be a consumer confidence that continues to build, which has a direct effect on the real estate business, and is good for the local economy.

What happens when a consumer buys a house? They spend money. They buy paint, carpet, furniture, flowers and plants. They hire movers, electricians, plumbers and painters. They borrow money from banks and use title companies. They go out to dinner and visit the local businesses in their new neighborhood. That is what happens when a consumer buys an existing home. Think of the reach when a new home or business is built in our market. It has 10 times the

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effect. Real estate has a tremendous effect on our local communities so when the market is good, it is good for everyone. The amount of homes actively for sale is still lower than what would be considered normal, depending on price range. There are more options for houses in price ranges over $400,000 than in some price ranges lower than that. That is a trend that follows buyers’ ability to purchase and a confidence level in the economic stability of the local market, as well as the statewide market. The early activity is beginning to show signs of more interest in some of the upper price ranges. As we continue into the first quarter, the overall activity will pick up considerably. We are seeing more showings set up, as well

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Chamber celebrates accomplishments and volunteers at Annual Gala At its 149th Annual Gala, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated the successes of 2017 and revealed crucial priorities in 2018. As part of the celebration, The Chamber recognized those who have helped lead our business sector and the community at large. Three awards were given to Chamber leaders who went above and beyond their positions to help enhance our members’ success and advance our economy. • Chairman’s Award - presented to Elena Kezelis, recently retired Executive Director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and 2016 Chamber Board Chair for her commitment to and investment in The Chamber and the community at-large. Elena provided over a decade of volunteer leadership for The Chamber. She not only served as the 2016 Board Chair, she served on The Chamber’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Strategic Leadership Council, Government Relations Council, and most recently as one of the 2017 Co-Chairs of the Strategic Leadership Council.

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Pamela Frazier of All In One On-Site received the Ambassador of the Year Award from 2018 Chamber Board Chair Jim Britton.

• Ambassador of the Year Award – presented to Pamela Frazier, Owner of All In One On-Site Wash & Detail. The Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee is comprised of local Chamber member professionals that advocate on behalf of The Chamber in a variety of ways, including member contacts, identifying member leads, and attending events such as ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and committee meetings. A point system is utilized to recognize the accomplishments of its members, and the Award recognizes the hard work and dedication of the individual that earned the most points for the various responsibilities of an Ambassador. • President’s Award – presented to Hickory Point Bank for their commitment to honor, recognize, and promote the importance of small businesses in our community. Hickory Point Bank entered the Springfield market in 2002, joined The Chamber and immediately became the Presenting Sponsor of The Chamber’s Small Business Awards Luncheon. In 2018, they will be the Presenting Sponsor for a record 17th year in a row. The luncheon, which is held each June, honors numerous small businesses for their accomplishments and contributions to our community and local economy. Bob Mizeur, Senior Vice President, Springfield Market Manager, received the award on behalf of Hickory Point Bank.

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Bob Mizeur of Hickory Point Bank accepts the President’s Award from Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough.

Speaking at the event were Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough, 2017 Board Chair Tom Gihl and 2018 Board Chair Jim Britton. “Our gala is a unique opportunity to celebrate all that took place last year and look forward to the new year, while at the same time recognizing the people and organizations who help move our community and economy forward,” Hembrough said. “It is through the work of our board and volunteers, business leaders and staff that 2017 was such a memorable year.” The Chamber would like to thank Town and Country Bank (presenting sponsor), CEFCU, The Horace Mann Companies and HSHS St. John’s Hospital (visionary sponsors) and Eck, Schafer & Punke, LLP (catalyst sponsor).

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Accelerant Health Andrea Danes New Berlin, IL 62670 T: (217) 741-1412 http://www.acceleranthealth.net Consultants - Government Affairs

Harry’s Adult Day Care Brian Shirley 320 W. Highland Ave. Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 544-4387 Bars & Taverns

All About Hair Elizabeth Lewis 3325 S. Sixth St. Road, Suite 11 Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 679-6572 http://www.allabouthairofspringfield.com Salons

Illini Supply, Inc. Donna Mauzey 111 Illini Drive Forsyth, IL 62535-1068 T: (217) 877-6551 http://www.illinisupply.com Office Furniture

BLDD Architects, Inc. Paula Pratt 100 Merchant St. Decatur, IL 62523 T: (844) 784-4440 http://www.bldd.com Architects

Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk Tricia Schlosser 403 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701 T: (217) 971-9569 http://www.ittybittyfashiontruck.com Boutiques

Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping Flynn McCartney 3246 Ginger Creek Dr. Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 993-9820 http://www.joinfxb.com/springfield Health Clubs & Fitness Centers

Keller Williams Capital John Kerstein 3435 Liberty Drive, Suite D Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 303-8445 http://www.john-kerstein.kw.com/ Real Estate - Residential Sales

Finley’s Tap House Chip Kennedy 3236 Ginger Creek Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 572-1996 http://www.finleystaphouse.com/ Restaurants

Ken’s Appliance Service Greg Gardiner 225 W. Highland Ave. Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 528-2280 http://www.kens-applianceservice.com/ Appliances - Sales or Service

Forefront Sarah Tapscott 15 South Old State Capitol Plaza 2nd Floor Springfield, IL 62701 T: (217) 572-1866 http://www.myforefront.org Not-For-Profit Agencies

Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP Kirsten Kienzler 3200 Robbins Road Suite 200A Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 789-0960 http://www.kebcpa.com Accountants - C.P.A.

Gabatoni’s Rosalie Beck 300 E. Laurel Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 528-9629 http://www.gabatonispizza.com/ Restaurants

Klemm Development Co. John Klemm 7112 Piper Glen Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 793-1967 http://www.klemmdevelopment.com Real Estate – Developers

Koala Center for Sleep Disorders Lindsay Bolsen 2061 Timberbrook Drive Springfield, IL 62702 T: (217) 787-5337 http://www.springfieldsleep.com Medical Supplies Lawrence Education Center Kathi Lee Springfield School District 186 101 E. Laurel St. Springfield, IL 62704-3995 T: (217) 525-3233 http://lawrence.sps186.org Schools New York Life Insurance Company Marco Coelho Springfield, IL T: (217) 414-3275 http://www.newyorklife.com Insurance - Financial Services ProHub Everett Grady Jacksonville, IL T: (847) 946-7237 http://www.prohubdata.com Employment Agencies & Services Sentext Solutions John Zak Springfield, IL T: (217) 381-9745 http://www.sentextsolutions.com Marketing Sleep Number Derwood Godbey 2501 W. Wabash Ave. - G15A Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 793-0765 http://www.selectcomfort.com Mattresses SpinZone Shelly Bailey 2759 S. Sixth St. County Market Plaza Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 725-1444 http://www.spinzonestudio.com Health Clubs & Fitness Centers

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