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“I had some money that was left from my inheritance from my father, and the rest of the financing I got through a home equity loan,” says John Twomey, owner of Bits of Britain Cafe. Twomey says …

“We talk a lot about, we read a lot about servant leadership, and for me, that metaphor of a third class ticket really captures the essence of how we choose to lead,” says Dr. Carol Taylor, …

“Springfield and Branson aren’t necessarily competing with each other. When we work together to solve issues, then that’s good for all of us,” says Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar …

“You’ve gotta manage stress, you’ve gotta do those things and exercise. It’s a great way to do that — it’s something that brings us together as a family,”says Matt Harrison who co-owns …

“Everybody’s like, ‘Ooh, technology.’ Technology makes us more efficient. I’d rather be more effective first, and then worry about the efficiency,” says Jeremy Clopton, owner of What’s …

Do you know what to do in an active shooter situation? Eric Schroeder, acting Corporal with the Springfield Police Department recommends studying the Department of Homeland Security’s …

Tom Jennings spent a year and a half creating the custom artwork to represent TommyHawks Axe House. “I spent a lot of time on that, getting that just right, just the the way I wanted it,” says …

“I get everything local, as much as possible,” says Ashley Tate, owner of Sugar’s Pies and Sundries. Tate uses local fruits and berries in her pies as well as other ingredients that come from …

“I’ll never be able to give back to the small community what it gave me,” says Charity McGill, CEO and Co-founder of Deep Water Software. McGill says she was shy and didn’t believe she …

You have to train constantly if you want to stay ahead of the competition says Rich Callahan, General Manager of Air Services Heating and Air Conditioning. Callahan says customer service training is …

“I’ve always been an adventurer and a risk-taker with business and trying different things — even within my own business, I would try different paths,” says Brenda Jackson, Director of …

Gino Wickman’s book “Traction” presents the Entrepreneurial Operating System, which Mickey Moore, CEO of Tomo Drug Testing says has been hugely impactful on their business. Moore says whether …

“A lot of relationship problems, conflict, drama is caused by simple misunderstanding,” says Marlene Chism, author, consultant and expert on stopping workplace drama. Chism has three skills for …

“A common misconception is that structural engineers are only needed from the initial design phase of a building,” says Travis Miller, Owner and Senior Structural Engineer with Miller …

It is critical for leadership to set the tone and values for an organization and reflect that in their hiring practices, says Kelly Lee, Business Program Manager on the Infrastructure Team at …

Mark Holmes President and owner of Consultant Board Inc., says there are a number of traits a leader must possess in today’s business climate. “Specifically today, leaders are tasked with …

“There’s always a resource. There’s always a part of you that can provide a function or service to someone else,” says Amy Blansit, CEO of the Drew Lewis Foundation. Blansit likes The Giving …

“I think the biggest barrier to solar installation is making sure you’re fully informed on what you’re buying, says Leroy Schaefer with Sunbelt Environmental Services. Leroy says whether it’s …

“I think if one doesn’t make mistakes, they’re not learning,” says Rob Keck, Chairman of the Board at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Keck believes most successful people …

“I owe more than I’ll ever be able to pay forward when it comes to mentoring, coaching and influence,” says Thomas H. Douglas, CEO of JMark Business Solutions. Douglas says he had several …

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