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growth advisory panel.


growth advisory program.

catalyzing business growth in the greater Springfield area

The Innovate Springfield Growth Advisory Program is available for Innovate Springfield members and qualified entrepreneurs, businesses, and business startups in the Springfield area. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis, with a team of expert volunteer advisors providing free strategy and guidance for applications that are accepted.

Innovate Springfield seeks a diverse group of experts, spanning industries and areas of expertise to provide holistic support to those seeking strategy. If you're an expert/leader in your industry and have an interest in volunteering your time to participate in the advisory growth panel, please complete the following intake form.


meet the expert advisors.

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Harry Elston
Midwest Chemical Safety


meet the strategy recipients.


meet Kirk Kellus + Jon Roe .

Founders Kirk + Jon
Clean Impact Story
How Clean Impact Does Cleaning
Clean Impact Core Values + Team Members
Clean Impact || Your Commercial + Office Cleaning Solution
Clean Impact Custom Technology

Kirk Kellus and Jon Roe are the founders of Clean Impact Commercial Cleaning. When they applied to participate in the Growth Advisory Panel in February of 2020, their goal was to purchase a storefront to expand their operations and grow their revenue.

Their expert panel included:

The group discussed lead generation, customer retention strategies, standardized operating procedures, and task shedding as opportunities to pivot from "firefighting-mode." 

The panel helped to guide the founders toward action and recommended they develop a multi-year strategic plan to realize their chokepoints to growth. A key takeaway from this meeting that reigns true for any starter, determine the highest and best use of your time, set a goal, and delegate everything else.

Since participating in the Growth Advisory Panel program at Innovate Springfield, Kirk Kellus and Jon Roe have met their initial application goals. They have outgrown the Innovate Springfield community space and relocated Clean Impact to 2241 Groth Rd, in Springfield, IL.
Clean Impact has also DOUBLED their business since participating in the Innovate Springfield Growth Advisory Panel program.

meet Brian Frieze.

Sangamon Reclaimed
Brian Frieze
Sangamon Reclaimed
Sangamon Reclaimed
Sangamon Reclaimed
Sangamon Reclaimed

Brian is the founder of Sangamon Reclaimed. When he applied to participate in the Growth Advisory Panel in March of 2020, his goal was to develop a written plan to achieve organizational objectives and glean pain points.

His expert panel included: