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Elizabeth Brooks, Owner of Springfield Riding Club, says when she started her business, she knew about horses and farming, but should have known more about how hay production affects her bottom …

Megan Ellis, Marketing Consultant at Frank & Maven, teaches yoga because she loves the lifestyle and the peace it brings to her busy life. Ellis says many of the instructors at her studio teach full …

“You buy it Monday and it’s outdated Tuesday. We’re looking at lighting grids for our facility and some of the first LED technology that was so hot a year ago is now obsolete, so what do you …

“When you finally find that balance, you definitely don’t want to go back the other direction,” says Will Carter, Marketing Officer for Central Trust Company. Carter says he learned that taking …

Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says it’s an absolute necessity for entrepreneurs to be educated in business. Bloodworth says he has a good business manager, …

Are you looking for reasons why you aren’t achieving your business goals? Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, says to make sure you’re addressing …

“A lot of times I would just assume that they would know what I expected of them, or what I had in mind,” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s Mill Bakery and Cafe. Brown says she …

“It’s a big deal and it’s working, but it’s because we’re all working together and collaborating through all the different elements,” says Heather Hardinger, Director of Workforce …

Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, says there is much to be learned by listening to others. This allows you to learn facts, perspectives, and use them to make the best decision. …

Abbie Brown, owner of Brown Abbey Gourmet, wowed Catherine and Thor Bersted when she made her Greek salad dressing for Lavender Falls Farm. They encouraged her to start her own company selling her …

The oldest members of GenZ are college age, so their impact on the business world remains to be seen. “They’re very, very young, so the jury is still out on how they will fully behave,” says …

Kaitlyn McConnell, Media Relations Manager at CoxHealth, says having someone in a communications role is very valuable to your organization. Keeping your employees engaged, in the loop, and knowing …

“You have to make tough decisions based on the data often, but the question is: how do you mitigate the impact and how do you still do what’s right for even the small number of people that are …

“It’s so incredibly helpful to have a group of people that I know I can shoot a text to or I can grab coffee with and say, ‘Hey, what do I do here,’” says Hector Cruz, Director of Alumni …

Jay Guffey, CEO of Mercy Rehab Hospital in Springfield says he likes “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin because it shows Abraham Lincoln’s leadership abilities. 

Catherine and Thor Bersted, owners of Lavender Falls Farm say trying to meet customer demand can be challenging. The Bersteds previously dried more than 50% of their lavender crop, but have shifted …

“We say that motivation is a lot like bathing — bathing doesn’t last so you have to do it daily. Motivation is the same way, you have to keep feeding yourself all these positive things,” says …

MJ Shaar, a wellness and motivational speaker and author of “Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance,” has an exercise she uses at speaking engagements. …

Michael Buttacy, Executive Director of Ozarks Teen Challenge says they have turned away funding because the potential partner wanted them to change their policies and procedures. “We’ve actually …

“If we get focused so much on just giving a haircut, then we quickly become like everybody else. We quickly funnel ourselves into a price game where you can just look at everybody choose the …

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