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Meet with a Mentor: Brad Erwin

Tuesday, March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm • Organized By efactory
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The efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU Mentorship Program gives startup founders and small business owners access to experienced owners and business leaders. These experts understand the risks and rewards of starting a business. Mentors provide honest and practical feedback based on personal experience, not just business theory.

Mentorship meetings are free and open to everyone.


Brad Erwin is the President and Principal Architect at Paragon Architecture. Erwin is a Chicagoland native who earned a B.S. in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brad moved to Springfield in 2003, and launched Paragon Architecture seven years later in 2010. 

The firm has completed projects for well-known local businesses including JMARK, Volt Credit Union, Kutak Rock, Old Missouri Bank, school district and higher ed institutions across the state and more. This year, the staff at Paragon moved into its newly renovated headquarters on West College Street. 

Brad is an active member of the Springfield community and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for CoxHealth, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, and Accelerate SGF. He is also actively involved in the City of Springfield’s Forward SGF comprehensive planning effort, the Grant Avenue Parkway project, and Renew Jordan Creek efforts.

Rachel Anderson
(417) 837-2600
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