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$1.5 million awarded to Codefi Foundation and efactory for Innovate SOMO through Workforce Training Program

The grant will support the continued delivery of Codefi’s Code Labs, an adult computer programming training that gives participants the entry-level skills to get a job as a software developer in less than a year at no cost, with both in-person and virtual options. It will also support cybersecurity training in partnership with the Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

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Rosie to Become a Leadership Springfield Program

Rosie was launched in 2016 by Rachel Anderson and Paige Oxendine with assistance from United WE to support, assist and serve as an advocate network for women who are current and prospective founders, business owners and leaders in the Springfield region. Its mission is to help connect, partner, collaborate, and continue to increase the support and access to resources for women as it relates to professional development, business assistance, and leadership. It will now transition to become a Leadership Springfield Program.

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Applications Available for Spring 2023 Early-Stage Business Boot Camp and $3,000 Stipend 

Are you an aspiring or current small business owner? Apply for the Early-Stage Business Boot Camp to learn more about important topics impacting your business’s success. During this program attendees will discover best practices, talk through real-life examples, and learn about valuable local resources designed to help small businesses grow. Participants of the program will receive ongoing coaching and mentoring to develop a growth plan and financial budget by the end of the program.

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