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Business in the 217: Springfield Business Journal Chat with Michelle Ownbey - 06/19/2024

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Trent R. Nelson speaks with Michelle Ownbey, publisher of the Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times, about the latest happenings in the Springfield business community and all of the relevant bits fit for the greater community to learn about.

Topics Discussed In This Interview:

  • The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on June 18. The event recognized four outstanding community entrepreneurs in the following categories:

    • Not-For-Profit Director of the Year: Margaret Ann Jessup, Wooden It Be Lovely.
    • New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year: Ashley Striplin, Dabble
    • Small Business Owner of the Year: Fran Abbott & Shannon McAuley, Scoop Du Jour
    • Lifetime Award – Business Owner of the Year: Richard Levi, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.




  • Aunt Lou’s Soul Food is opening Friday, more than a year after Corey Dickerson first announced he was teaming up with Smarjesse Taylor to bring “modern soul food with a classy touch” to downtown.


  • Springfield Clinic will hold a ribbon cutting at noon on Monday, June 24, to celebrate the relocation of the endocrinology and nephrology teams to a newly renovated facility at 401 E. Carpenter Street.

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