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City Utilities’ Gary Gibson says he sees the promotion from associate general manager to general manager as both a challenge and an opportunity. Gibson says it’s the GM’s responsibility to set …

“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 …

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. …

Annie Pope, CEO and owner of The Chili Bowl By Cafe 21 says she’s been able to apply lessons learned from her previous restaurant to her current one. Pope says they understood their customer base …

Donald Babb, CEO and executive director of Citizens Memorial Hospital, says marketplace demands are critical to maintaining a health care system. Babb says the community became more involved as the …

Angela Frantz with Ultimate Software, says some employers are skeptical about allowing employees to telecommute. “If they’re not engaging and self regulating and self motivating and making sure …

Megan Short, executive director of Springfield Contractors Association, explains what hints you can glean from the health of the overall economy based on the health of the construction industry. She …

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 …

Paul Long, vice president with Ollis/Akers/Arney, says a demanding job can take a toll on your family life. When his children were young, he would work early and go back to work late to spend the …

“If you’re not doing what you love, then change what you’re doing. It’s simple as that, because again, life is too short. There’s something out there for every one,” says Janice Goocher, …

John Lopez, military veteran and founder/director of K9s for Camo, used to have a fear of dogs. After one of his sergeants talked about confronting fears, Lopez decided he would conquer his when he …

Chris Bryant, development and productivity coach with Murney Associates, says he likes to use tools to help visualize the structure of a sales business. “From start to finish you’re marketing,” …

“Most of our kids that are with us now and kids that are on our waitlist are through word of mouth,” says Brandi O’Reilly, executive director of Dynamic Strides. O’Reilly says they receive …

“Every day, battling was just stressful, competitive wages and everything,” says entrepreneur Amby Lewis. Lewis didn’t like the jobs she held in call centers and needed a change. She decided to …

Government regulation of business isn’t always seen in a positive light. Justin Cardoza, CEO of Modbox, thought new FAA guidelines might dampen the drone industry, but he says it raised the value …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, defines success as making a difference in the lives of others. “When you’re focused on other people, you feel better about yourself and you feel more …

“It sounds like Ömer is excited to start implementing changes. He’s had a few delays in getting signage done and that can be understandable,” says Dustin Myers who owns Longitude Branding …

“We help out a north side food pantry at The Connecting Grounds, which is a church that’s only been around a year or so,” says Whitney Creehan, president of Gathering Friends for the Homeless. …

Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt Vault says a vacation spa treatment led her to open her own halotherapy spa. Gardner says she wasn’t familiar with dry salt therapy and after trying it, decided …

“We always suggest that you write a good business plan,” says Martha Cooper, owner of Cafe Basilico. “You need to have something that shows that you have thought everything completely through …

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