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advisory growth panel.

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advisory growth panel

catalyzing business growth in the greater Springfield area.

The Innovate Springfield Advisory Growth Panel 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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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 Advisory Growth Panel program 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 Advisory Growth 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 Advisory Growth Panel program.
Check out what the founders said about the Advisory Growth Panel experience . . .
Check out what the panelists said about the Advisory Growth Panel experience . . .

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 Advisory Growth Panel program in March of 2020, his goal was to develop a written plan to achieve organizational objectives and glean pain points.

His expert panel included:

The group discussed the possible acquisition of a competitor's business, prioritizing family and the complexities of life, visioning, task shedding, and developing a written plan to work toward goals. The panel supported and guided Brian to focus on what is most important to him, and recommended that he practice due diligence with respect to acquiring another business. 

Since participating in the Advisory Growth Panel program at Innovate Springfield, Brian has grown his team to support his goal of spending more time with his family without compromising the growth of Sangamon Reclaimed. Rather than purchase his competitor's business, Brian is leasing space to them to diversify his revenue, and learn more about their operations. 
 
Brian has also met with Innovate Springfield staff one-on-one to develop his organization's mission, vision, and values statements to ensure that the Sangamon Reclaimed culture and activities align with their organizational values.

meet Maimi Boucher 

OLD Website
OLD Wesbite
NEW Website
NEW Website
NEW Website
Mr. Gixby's Logo
Lavendar Soap
Maimi Boucher

Maimi is the founder of Mr. Gixby's Soap for Humans. When she applied to participate in the Advisory Growth Panel program in June of 2020, her goal was to transition to a full-time entrepreneur with a sustainable business model that included wholesaling with 4-5 local businesses.

Her expert panel included:

The group discussed the high value of Maimi's soap product and the quality experience that she creates through her craft, and determined that Mr. Gixby's brand identity and digital presence need to reflect the quality of her artisanal product.

 

Maimi was encouraged to focus on creating an inventory of her "top-sellers," and a strategic production process timeline to ensure that she always has product on hand. The experts shared a number of potential wholesale options for Maimi to explore once she ironed out her processing timeline, brand identity, and detailed wholesale agreement/pricing schedule.

Since participating in the Advisory Growth Panel program at Innovate Springfield, Maimi has started wholesaling with Food Fantasies in Springfield, IL; the Interurban Merchant in Williamsville, IL; and coming soon to the Harvest Market in Springfield, IL.
 
Maimi has also met with Innovate Springfield staff one-on-one on the redesign of the Mr. Gixby's website and to develop their mission, vision, and values statements.
Check out what the panelists said about the Advisory Growth Panel experience . . .