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“Sometimes you have mentors that are very informal — they don’t even know that they’re your mentor, just people that you admire and, I think, want to emulate,” says Crista Hogan, Executive …

Ömer Önder came to America from his native Turkey with the dream of opening a small neighborhood restaurant — a place where he hoped his customers would become his friends. After a year in …

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 …

“We have to be very creative — it’s not as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, we need money and would you like to give us some?’ It becomes very specific and helping an individual or a business …

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, …

“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 …

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. …

“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 …

“We hire more on culture than we even do expertise, because they can grow to be experts in their area, but they’ve got to culturally fit with our team, because we function like a family. ” says …

Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says you need to trust in your strengths as a business owner, but don’t be too proud to accept help when you need it. …

Mickey Moore, CEO of Tomo Drug Testing, discusses some effects of the company’s growth that have been simultaneously encouraging and challenging. Moore says in a growing company, you have to learn …

“So what we have discovered is that workforce development has quickly become economic development, and so in order to continue the growth that Branson has seen, we need a strong, skilled …

“The thing I think you need recognize is that, just because you may not have fifteen or twenty or thirty years of experience, don’t be intimidated by that,”says Jason Gage, City Manager for the …

“This business in this location with us running it, was never able to generate the kind of income that I could’ve said, ‘okay Gabe, okay Kathy, here is a good health plan that you guys …

Shawn Usery, Chief Medical Officer at Cox Medical Center Branson, says learning to delegate and embracing other professionals is the way to ensure patients receive the best care. “Having everybody …

“As a municipal government, what we want to do is, we want to make a decision or provide a service in the most effective or efficient way, and that may or may not agree with certain public …

“There ability to move forward in the face of challenges is a part of leadership, but I’d say I probably as much when I was at the frontline caring for patients,” says Jay Guffey, CEO of Mercy …

“I’m ending something that I really… I really have enjoyed,” says Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio. Bloodworth says he’s ambivalent about closing his …

Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, outlines how Springfield is distinct from other communities, positioning the city well for a national reputation. This is sponsored …

“I love the opportunity to engage in the local business community, but I also recognize part of our responsibility is not just to serve our clients, but to raise up all individuals in the …

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