The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program will reopen the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Jan. 11 and
Erin Carleton has joined the staff of the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau as a digital advertising specialist. Carleton has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Missouri State University. Prior to joining the CVB, she was the sales coordinator at “417 Magazine.” Carleton is responsible for advertising sales on the CVB’s digital platforms, including
The staff at the Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!
Superheroes are on the job when it comes to keeping people healthy in Springfield, Missouri, during the current pandemic. The Masked Mandate and the Fabulous 6-Foot Woman star in a video created for the Convention & Visitors Bureau by Jeff Houghton, a local comedian and host of “The Mystery Hour,” a nationally broadcast, late-night talk
Many thanks to Jeff Houghton and team at “The Mystery Hour” for producing this video about the city’s masking ordinance for us. It’s a serious message shared in a funny way! The Masked Mandate Springfield MO Final from Chris Canote on Vimeo.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has developed pandemic toolkits for businesses and for families for the Thanksgiving holiday. They include information about how to help prevent the spread of the virus, frequently asked questions, printable posters, what to do if you’ve been exposed to the virus, etc. We encourage our partners to review the information
The Travel & Tourism Research Assoc. is accepting nominations for its awards program recognizing marketers using research to make decisions and for researchers who have gone above and beyond. In addition to national recognition, award recipients receive a plaque, a one-year Premier TTRA membership (if they are not currently a member), and a $250 gift
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, introduced legislation Oct. 22 that will help improve tourism across the country by studying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry and identifying policy recommendations to assist the hard-hit industry. The Protecting Tourism
Small businesses looking to strengthen their digital presence now have access to free services, courtesy of the Downtown Springfield Association. The DSA is one of 13 area organizations awarded a Greene County CARES Act grant in early September. A portion of that grant money is funding a Small Business Digital Consulting program. Participants in the
Springfield’s Tough Talks series continues at 6 p.m. Oct. 22, with a second discussion aimed at race relations, “ERacism: Lived Experience in the Community.” The discussion will focus on how race and racism affect the experiences of those living and working in the community. Partners have formed a community collaborative to bring people together to