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The iSPI Holiday Shop makes it super easy for you to find something special for everyone on your list and support the local economy in a meaningful way. Because, when you purchase from a local small business, you're celebrating the unique characteristics of our community and the one-of-a-kind businesses that are fundamental to drawing others to our beloved Springfield.
Our final newsletters of the year will feature some of the products and services available in the iSPI Holiday Shop, so cozy up and cruise cyberspace with us.
Klarhet Pottery
Klarhet Pottery specializes in creating fully customizable at-home pottery parties, classes for adults and children, and handcrafted artisan ceramics. Klarhet Pottery is ready to brighten your holiday with specialty mugs, ornaments, and more!

Little Liars Clothing
The Little Liars Holiday Collection features tees & totes perfect for the holiday season! ​Little Liars Clothing creates hand-printed clothing and accessories.


Mr. Gixby's Soap for Humans

Mr. Gixby's Soap for Humans is an artisan soapmaker committed to sourcing locally, and environmentally friendly everything to create a lasting shower experience that you can feel good about in all the ways. You'll love every single available fragrance option, from classic vanilla to cucumber melon. 

​Available at: Farmstead Primitive, Food Fantasies, Interurban Merchant, Jefferies Orchard, The Harvest Market.​


Reverie Apparel

Locally designed, locally printed, and garments so soft it will feel like a hug from your Grandma. What better way to show off your Midwestern pride than with a t-shirt featuring Abraham Lincoln, a corndog, an ear of corn, and the date Illinois became a state.

  • Designed locally and printed to order at Reverie Apparel's shop in Springfield, IL.
  • Reverie Apparel's graphic tees are printed to order. Please allow 3-5 business days for delivery.
  • Our printing process is called DTG (or Direct to Garment) printing. The ink is water-based, eco-safe, dries rapidly, and will soak into your garment to become part of the shirt. Meaning, your Reverie Apparel will wear and feel like a "traditional" tee and not like a vinyl cut or iron on.​


Serious Lip Balm

This all-natural, handmade lip balm was created by two chicks who knew there was a way to have soft lips without all the chemical nonsense. The Holly Jolly Bundle will help you rock the holidays, whether you like it or not!

The Holly Jolly Bundle includes the scents: Banana Bread, Cranberry Ginger, and Vanilla Mint.

Serious Lip Balm products are handmade in Jacksonville, Illinois with incredible, all-natural ingredients and come in convenient and unisex packaging so that they can easily keep up with you and your busy life. As always, everything we make is shipped directly from our hands to yours... we hope you love it as much as we do.​


Visit the iSPI Holiday Shop


At Innovate Springfield community is what it’s all about! It’s the most collaborative, supportive, and authentic environment we’ve ever worked in. The real magic is in the people who call iSPI their work-home and the passion and value that they bring to our community.
Using innovative, technological strategies with behavioral change research and family systems theory in mind, InvolvED strives to educate and engage families by strengthening relationships between home, school, and community with the overall goal of improving academic, personal, and social-emotional outcomes for all students.
In October of this year, the founders of InvolvED pitched their concept at our inaugural Silicorn Valley Summit, and in November of this year, their work was published in the Journal of Education Technology Systems. WOWZA! This is what being a part of the collaborative community at Innovate Springfield looks like.
Check out this clip from the article abstract:
"The researchers hypothesized that by educating families in an efficient, convenient and consistent manner, as well as providing user-selected incentives for engagement, it would not only increase parent attendance at school events but also increase the academic, social and emotional skills of the child. Positive statistically significant effects were found amongst users of the tool on both dependent variables, event attendance, and the academic, social, and emotional ratings of the targeted students by the classroom teacher via the SAEBRS. By addressing potential parental skill deficits and incentivizing prosocial behaviors, student outcomes are positively affected, influencing a breadth of stakeholders."
2021 iSPI Highlight Reel

The Innovate Springfield community has experienced incredible growth this year, and we are shouting it from the rooftops! 
In 2021 alone we have ...
  • received more than 50 applications for membership;
  • served more than 30 student members including 23 UIS students;
  • supported more than 35 startup founders of color;
  • served more than 100 total members; 
  • hosted more than 900 hours of programming to more than 200 community members;
The Innovate Springfield staff are also committed to their individual professional development. Check out this short-list of mentions from 2021!
Sarah Beth Ayers 
Trish Schlobohm
  • celebrated 2 years with iSPI in June;
  • graduated from Spring 2021 CO.STARTERS Cohort;
  • became a certified CO.STARTERS Facilitator; and
  • established LLC for her fermented food concept, Schlo-Food!
Hillary Rains
"Only one thing determines whether or not you're a leader: the opinions of those you're supposed to be leading." - MAJ Lisa Jaster


Welcome to #iSPILyfe, where we're learning every day and growing every day and we know it. Join us!

Ransomware and Cybersecurity Discussion

In this presentation, Kurtis Minder, CEO and co-founder at GroupSense will walk the audience through how he became involved in ransomware negotiation while educating the

audience on what the ransomware epidemic is all about. Explaining lessons learned in the trenches of cyber response, and how businesses can protect themselves and avoid becoming a victim.

Date: Thursday, December 9
Time: 5 PM - 6 PM

A little about the presenter...

Kurtis Minder is the CEO and co-founder of GroupSense, a leading provider in Digital Risk solutions. Kurtis built a robust cyber reconnaissance operation protecting some of the largest enterprises and government organizations.

Kurtis has been the lead negotiator at GroupSense for ransomware response cases, successfully navigating and negotiating some of the largest ransomware, breach, and data extortion cases worldwide. With over 20 years in the information security industry, Kurtis brings a unique blend of technical, sales, and executive acumen.

Register here.

The application is LIVE for our Spring 2022 CO.STARTERS Cohort at Innovate Springfield. The spring cohort will run on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM starting February 16 - April 20, 2022.
CO.STARTERS is a proven effective program that walks a small business starter through the business model canvas and supports them through their customer discovery process. 92% of CO.STARTERS go on to launch their business, and 97% are still in business a year later. 

Starters leave the program with the confidence, connections, and know-how to turn their startup dreams into a reality.
They say things like ...
  • It's a more personal experience than I've had in my business classes at college. Everyone is so inspiring, and it's great to get to be around like-minded people.
  • Sure, I already knew I could sell cupcakes, but that's not the same as operating a cupcake business. This is what I needed to give me the confidence to launch my own cupcake business.
Self-Care for Starters

Prioritizing the health and wellness of those that we serve has always been important to us here at iSPI. All are welcome to join us for gentle Yoga for Starters on the first Tuesday of each month, and Mindfulness Meditation for Starters on the third Tuesday of each month with Innovate Springfield member Amy Denney, founder of Shine Light Therapy.
Date: First Tuesday the month
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Mindfulness for Starters
Date: Third Tuesday the month
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
We hope that you'll make Self-Care for Starters part of your
regular work routine with us!
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