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The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce delayed the award from the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce delayed the award from the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chamber announces Small Business Award finalists

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After a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results are in for the finalists of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.

The companies range in industry from marketing and cosmetics to technology, financial and aviation, according to a news release. The unveiling of the finalists comes after they’re typically announced in the spring.

The companies, in alphabetical order, are:
• Academy of Hair Design Inc., a cosmetology and barber school that also has a full-service salon for students to train;
• Burgess Aircraft Management LLL, dba OzAir Charter Service, which operates a fleet of nine jets from Springfield;
• Local Marketing Giant LLC, dba OMG Commerce, an e-commerce and digital marketing agency with a focus on advertising via Amazon and Google;
• Pearson-Kelly Technology, a managed service provider for information technology;
• Volt Credit Union, a nearly 85-year-old credit union that recently rebranded.

The winning company is scheduled to be announced Nov. 11 during a virtual ceremony presented from the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. Each will be featured Nov. 5 at the chamber’s Good Morning, Springfield event, according to the release.

Chamber President Matt Morrow said all small businesses, and particularly the award finalists, this year have proven why they’re vital to the local economy.

“These companies are amazing examples of the resilience of the people who keep these small businesses going through all kinds of adversity, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor them,” Morrow said in the release.

Last year’s Small Business Award winner was Mostly Serious LLC. In 2019, the finalists were Air Services Heating & Cooling/All Service Professional Plumbing, The Coffee Ethic LLC, ESC Inc. Consulting Engineers and Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC.


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