John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of Minorities in Business, discusses the foundation of MIB in Springfield, and what motivated him and the other founders.
Michael Junge, owner of the Lost Boys Barber Co., says the people he works with are the thing that make his business work. Junge says that he tries to treat his employees as equals in business.
Caleb Scott, owner of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-pro football team, says when the team in involved in decision-making they are more supportive of the decisions that are carried out.
Marketing is a little bit different as a national brand. Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, talks about their experience growing and marketing their product to clients.
Sandy Higgins, owner of Crackerjack Shack, was met with laughter when she tried to get her first business loan. But it only made her more determined to succeed. Higgins talks about that experience and others that, even today, she has faced as a woman business owner. In spite of those challenges, Higgins has grown her business to generate $1 million in annual revenue and has been recognized in the custom logo wear industry as a top business.
Tuesday, April 27
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Wednesday, April 21
Tara Bielinski, vice president of strategic initiatives and population health at Phoenix Healthcare, while caring for her mom identified a gap in health care that inspired the CareWell program. CareWell brings back the “doc in a bag” to help patients gain comprehensive primary care at home. This is sponsored content.
Thursday, March 25
Choosing to remodel or renovate existing space as opposed to building a new structure is a difficult decision for a business owner when evaluating space needs, functionality and cost concerns. …
Wednesday, March 10
Many professionals find time and money to be a barrier to advancing their career with a graduate degree, and finding the right fit is a challenge as well. With this in mind, Drury University created …
Thursday, December 3, 2020
You’ve started your business, now what? Kyle Short, director of business services at BluCurrent Credit Union walks you through the first six steps to open your business account. Short provides a …
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Security and patrol companies offer varying degrees of services and expertise. Natalie McGuire, Owner of Task9, recommends questions you should ask when vetting security and patrol services. Officer …
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Meleah Spencer, CEO of The Kitchen, Inc., says architect Stephanie Ireland was the ideal person to bring their dream of a new campus to life. Spencer says the design is perfectly suited to handle …
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Croley Insurance has been fielding questions from employers and employees alike wondering what options exist for continued health insurance coverage if the company lays off workers. Trevor Croley, …
Monday, April 13, 2020
Anxiety and fear surrounding COVID-19 can be overwhelming for employers, employees, families and the community as a whole. As we work to flatten the curve for COVID-19, another wave is coming—COVID-19 mental health crisis.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Buddy Webb, principal architect with Buddy Webb & Co., says though maintaining a staff of primarily licensed architects and those seeking licensure is against the current industry trend, they have …
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sam M. Coryell, President of Coryell Collaborative Group, says in order to grow outside Springfield they needed to reorganize their five businesses under one company. This allows them to control …
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Buying tax credits can help nonprofits. Michael Pruett, partner with Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP, says the Neighborhood Assistance Program, or NAP, is a State of Missouri incentive program that …
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Paula Adams, president of Penmac, says they try to help clients find gainful employment regardless of whether they have a permanent address. She says they partner with Council of Churches to try …
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Carrie Tennis, senior director of operations with Family Pharmacy, says focusing on communities, customers and culture is the formula for their success. Practicing kindness is a more than four decade …
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Parks play a large role in our quality of life, from creating memories to generating more than $15 million in annual visitor spending. Diana Tyndall, marketing & sponsorship coordinator with the …
Thursday, January 23, 2020
“Every client should be treated as a client for life,” says Lance Garrett, vice president of the Springfield Division of Crossland Construction. From the design phase through replacing worn …
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Melanie Upshaw with Phoenix Home Care and Hospice, says we plan important events, but neglect to plan for our health care. Families often struggle to make decisions when a loved one isn’t able. …
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Jamie Jacobsen, owner of Fazoli’s, says small businesses are a lot like families. Their employees and customers are part of the community, so it’s important for them to help out local not for …
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope, learned about living in poverty starting at the age of twelve following the death of his father. The kindness he experienced as a child along with an interview …
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tom Faulkner, director of Crosslines, says it’s critical for businesses to utilize services from local nonprofits to help impoverished workers. Faulkner says by partnering with a nonprofit to teach …
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Kelly Harris, Director of Safe to Sleep, says the biggest obstacle faced by the working homeless is transportation. She says many times, homeless people need a place to keep their possessions while …
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Selecting the right IT partner for your company is daunting. Not all IT companies are the same. Learn five qualities to look for in your next IT partner beyond the products. This is sponsored …
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
How open is the communication in your workplace? Nicole Piper, Director of The One Stop for Early Childhood, says one of the most important things is to make your employees feel they are safe, secure …
Thursday, September 19, 2019
If you are experiencing inefficiencies in performance, you might need to look at your tools and processes. Sherry Coker, Executive Director of OTC Center for Workforce Development gives you tips for …
4 days ago
The Ozark development is hosting a career fair this weekend.
5 days ago
Tom Rankin of Rankin Development is the July 20 interview guest for SBJ’s 12 People You Need to Know series.
Sunday, July 18
The first of six special issues unpack economic survey results.
Sunday, July 18
The Springfield chamber's Ryan Mooney: "Workforce shortages were a challenge before the pandemic, and long-term demographic trends point to this challenge continuing for decades."
Sunday, July 18
SBJ Editorial Vice President Eric Olson talks planning and development with local city leaders
Thursday, July 15
Tori Reaves serves as liaison and coordinator for The Network.
Wednesday, July 14
State officials tout job growth in past year.
Wednesday, July 14
Sarah Appleby is now serving as chair for Show Me Christian County.
Tuesday, July 13
Craig Hosmer takes issue with those consulted in proposed land disturbance permit bill.
Tuesday, July 13
Five years after launching in Buffalo, home goods store Market 116 LLC and its owners have invested roughly $300,000 in a longtime vacant downtown building.