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Get to know our 2019 Local First Springfield award nominees!

As our second annual Local First Springfield Awards and annual meeting are fast approaching, we want to take the opportunity to highlight this year’s nominees. Make sure you’ve booked your ticket for Thursday, September 12 at Springfield Electric Lighting & Design, co-hosted by Capital City Event Planning with drinks for purchase from Just The Basics and food from Cured Catering.

Emerging & Energized Award – sponsored by The Arizona Tile Company

This award is for the members that are new businesses in operation and already turning heads.

Serious Lip Balm

Serious Lip Balm was started accidentally by two chicks who had no business starting a business. We didn’t mean for all of this to happen. We never researched market trends and heck, neither of us has ever been to business school. Serious Lip Balm was born with the idea that we wanted to make some really kick-ass gifts to give to some really kick-ass people. And we didn’t settle down until that lip balm was perfect.

Once we figured out the formula for (what we believe is) the world’s most fabulous lip balm we ventured into the lip scrub arena. That was followed by healing balm, paw balm, lotion bars, whipped body butter, nipple balm, a balm to help smoosh faced dogs, etc. We never create a product that has a bunch of nonsense things that you can’t pronounce on the label, and never release a product until we feel like it is better than what is already available.

It went from some really awesome lip balms given to close friends and family and has become a thriving business with 70-ish different scents of lip balms, ten products, and sold in retail locations from Colorado to Washington, DC. Despite its growth it still remains a business that strives to give something great to people that mean the world to us.

We are all about making amazing body products with simple ingredients as well as doing good in our community and world. We are currently partnered with a rehabilitation center that employs wonderful people who might otherwise have a hard time getting jobs. We are also involved with a foundation that educates folks about breast cancer, and another that supports families whose children are in the NICU. It is an amazing world and we are committed to making it even better.

We did not mean for Serious Lip Balm to happen, but we are holding on with both hands and enjoying this ride.

Bow and Arrow Salon

We are a salon in Springfield, offering a full salon and spa experience. Always staying up to date on the newest trends and looks. We are about empowering women and believe in community versus competition.

Bailey Family Insurance

Bailey Family Insurance is a local, family and veteran owned independent insurance agency. BFI specializes in home, auto, life, and commercial insurance, and has direct contracts with over 30 top-rated carriers to find the right coverage at the best price to suit your unique insurance needs. BFI is a new age insurance agency, offering digital features and the best policies the industry has to offer.

Pratt Woodworks

We are a custom furniture and design business built on using the highest quality local hardwoods grown and milled right here in Springfield. All pieces of furniture are designed with the clients’ style and function in mind, while aiming to preserve and showcase the natural beauty of the wood. My goal for every piece of furniture made is for it to become an heirloom-quality part of every family or business, that can then be passed down to future generations.

Social Change Maker Award - sponsored by Scooter’s Lawn Care

This award is for members where a positive social impact is at the core of their purpose. They are creating opportunities to address social issues and better our world.

Alignlife of Springfield

We are a natural health center that offers services of chiropractic care, muscle rehabilitation, massage therapy, nutritional support and acupuncture to help our patients reach their health goals.

Sensible Innovations

Rasha Said launched Sensible Innovations in 2015 to help improve the lives of America’s 21 million visually impaired. She has created an app, AWARE, which uses Apple iBeacon technology to communicate information to the visually impaired about their surroundings.

The ibeacons' signals trigger the app, which identifies the location, downloads the information and a text reader on the iPhone describes the environment. Access to information at the right time and place negates the need for memorization or fear of getting lost.

Through this technology Rasha is providing the visually impaired with the gift of independence and freedom, which will allow a person to explore at their own pace.

Johnson & Johnson Auto Service Center (Carolyn Pemberton)

Established in 1935. Johnson and Johnson is a family business that has been around for 87 years, founded by Ed Johnson. Johnson and Johnson was first known as Linco Oil. In 1963 Lee and his father Ed formed a corporation and moved the business on the corner of Iles and MacArthur. One year later they had closed the Iles location and enlarged the Outer Park Drive station. at that time lee had sold the Marathon Gasoline side and went to auto repair. In 1977 Lee had decided to move to Stevenson Drive! Currently that is where we are at today! Johnson and Johnson is a full service auto repair station! Sorry we aren't open on the weekends we would like our employees to spend time with family! We have a fantastic shuttle service at your convenience, should you need a ride to work or home or even picking up a turkey at the store we are here to service YOU! Johnson and Johnson is a full service mechanical shop. This past year we have been known as the Jeep Whispers and are expanding in Jeep Wrangler modifications.

Eck, Schafer & Punke, LLP

Eck, Schafer & Punke, LLP is an accounting firm of highly experienced professionals with a common philosophy in the way we do business. Our focus is to provide thoughtful, experienced, proactive service in a timely manner at a reasonable price.

Best Collaboration Award – sponsored by Heartland Financial Services

This award is for members that have worked together, developed, and achieved a successful collaboration.