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Growing Flowers and Business

When Molly McCleary’s grandfather needed a caregiver, she decided to grow flowers because it provides a good ROI for a small acreage. McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, has hired a …

Daniel Ogunyemi, learning, development and inclusion partner with Burrell Behavioral Health, says it can be difficult to separate work and home life. Ogunyemi says he does small things like removing …

Rita Baron, principal with Baron Design & Associates, LLC, talks about her experience in architecture, opening a restaurant and finding a mentor. She says failure is a great experience because it …

Austin Fax, attorney at Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC says there’s no such thing as a well-rounded leader. He says the key is identifying the skills you lack and surrounding yourself with …

Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope, says he likes challenging people to hire the homeless. He says it requires understanding from the employers, but the dividends are smart, loyal and hard working …

Technology business consultant Mackenzie Scherer says each social media platform is suited to a specific audience and media type. Knowing your audience demographic and whether you want to blog, show …

Jordan Morgan, iOS engineer with Buffer, says the release of open source code has created opportunities for programmers worldwide. Morgan says this strategy provides a middle ground for software …

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 …

Cristian Rath, consultant with Abacus CPAs, LLC, says if you feel your goal is unattainable, work backwards to find the smaller steps to achieve it. He says you need to celebrate small victories on …

Lynne Meyerkord, executive director of the AIDS Project of the Ozarks says the pandemic has forced them to make a lot of changes. She says their federal grant money is currently secure, but she’s …

Nicole Chilton, director of marketing and development with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, says a great arts community helps draw talent to an area. She says the arts bring in $29.8 million to …

Eddie Gumucio, organizer and founder of the Queen City Shout Music festival says his wife’s experience with poverty relief agencies helped expand the number of nonprofits they could help. He says …

Author and Consultant Rosie Ward, Ph. D., says the “firms of endearment” are breaking the mold by nurturing culture and investing in employee training and well-being. Focusing on purpose over profit shows …

Abe McGull, assistant U.S. Attorney, says one of the most useful skills he learned in the military was planning. McGull says having a plan for any contingency allows you to be proactive rather than …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says the themes of individualism and doing right for the right reason from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead have stayed with him over the years. Gibson …

Jason, John and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, decided to look for opportunities when the pandemic forced them to temporarily close shop. They chose to focus on online sales and …

Toni Robinson, president of Springfield NAACP says they learned early in their career to practice listening and humility. Robinson says these abilities are critical to being a good leader. Robinson …

Toby Teeter, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the biggest challenges are memories of the 2011 tornado. He says rebranding has helped Joplin attract and retain talent and …

Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, says insurance has become nearly as important as pay to job candidates. Hurst says they’ve seen candidates turn down jobs that …

Elizabeth Wente, partner with Spencer Fane, LLP, says most companies promote good employees to management positions. She says that’s why it’s critical for managers to know the basics of …

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