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at Innovate Springfield we're all about collaboration over competition. we firmly believe that there's room for everyone in the market and that each business brings its individual strengths and advantages that separate them from their competition.

our STAR members are so committed to enhancing the entrepreneurial community that they're giving their secrets away in our iSPI Hacks video series. because Zoom fatigue is REAL but we all still want to grow together. with iSPI hacks you can get your learn on when you feel like it.


Are you ready to take your Instagram Stories to the NEXT LEVEL?! In our first iSPI Hack, we teamed up with Stephanie Cullen, iSPI Member, CO.STARTERS Graduate, and Founder of Stephanie Cullen Design to show you how to take your Instagram Stories from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY. Check it out! Don't forget to tag Innovate Springfield and Stephanie Cullen Design in your new and improved stories too! 

iSPI Design Hack // Stephanie Cullen Design


As business owners, we're serving as leaders, and leadership is big business. Dr. Travis Bland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. He has taught Organizational Dynamics, Public Sector Human Resource Management, Public Service Ethics and Leadership, Nonprofit Sector Human Resource Management, and the Internship Seminar at UIS. He brings years of academic research and the professional application of leading to our Leadership Hacks Series. You can thank us later. 

iSPI Leadership Hack // Dr. Travis Bland, UIS


Are you ready to double your revenues?! Who honestly isn't? In this 3-in-1 Marketing Hack video, Michael Buzzinski, Founder of Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing will share a framework for you to [literally] double your revenues. 

iSPI Marketing Hack // Michael Buzzinski

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What's a VC? Why would I ever need one? Okay, so maybe I need a VC, how are funds typically structured? We're cracking the VC-Code in this iSPI Hack Series!