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Intentional Relationship Building

Carrie Richardson, executive director at Leadership Springfield, says one of the greatest tools for networking is to look at your social circle and seek to connect with people outside that group. …

“The big thing is a lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money to get started, and you really don’t,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Wyas says you’re better off starting small …

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 …

Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams, says failures have sometimes been her greatest teachers. “You can fail, but you have to begin again more intelligently, she says. “You …

“We’re trying to think through what does a Turkish-inspired, American Diner look like? From the look and feel to the wall decor, how do we envision this?” asks Dustin Myers. Myers and Jeremy …

Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University, says hiring qualified personnel is a big part of his strategy. “That’s a huge emphasis in terms of how I hire people,” says …

“You have to invest in your own personal and professional development, and that helps you stay relevant, stay on top of things that are trending, topics that you need to know about to be more …

“Baby Boomers, in particular, we get our identity or at least a large part of our identity from our work,” says Greg Burris, with Give 5 and United Way of the Ozarks. Having a retirement plan in …

Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, says it’s easy for builders to get work, but hard to find the manpower needed to staff job sites. “There’s a lot of good people, …

Springfield Diner is on the verge of a transformation. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of Longitude LLC, show Önder their vision to turn his restaurant into Klasik Diner. Incorporating both …

Erica Lea Hendrix, owner and lead designer at Erica Lea Design Studios, graduated from college during the recession and couldn’t find a job in her field. She worked as a nanny until she found an …

“You have to really have control of your distribution and also who is actually selling,” says Vera Gibbons, managing member with Baby Foot. Gibbons says they sold more than 60,000 units their …

“Startup capital is always a challenge, especially being African-American entrepreneurs, we don’t have a network we can pull from,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell says she and …

Brandon Goodwin, co-founder and executive producer at Blend, says being successful with a creative business requires you to use both sides of your brain. While being committed to developing your …

Judy Hadsall, President and CEO of Multipli Credit Union, says she started in banking as a teller, but knew she wanted to get into commercial lending. She says her former boss, Rex Johnson, was …

Brandy Hickman, owner of 2B Well and Living Light with Brandy Lane, says one of the most important lessons she can share is to ask for help. “It is about getting the support that they need, …

Are you using social media to build your professional brand? Claire Sakaoka, owner of engage5w, says LinkedIn is a good tool for the job. She says writing blogs on your profile will illuminate areas …

“Your ability to act quickly and efficiently is really your biggest advantage when you’re competing in industries with large players,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Without big investments …

“A lot has to be done within 72 hours,” says Keke Rover, Director of Ambassadors for Children. School enrollment, court dates and finding daycare are several issues a foster parent must …

Thomas Douglas, President of JMark Business Solutions, says when you’re running a small business, you have to learn to discern between good sources of revenue and clients who steal your energy. …

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