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COVID-19 Coverage: Nonprofit Concerns

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 …

Daniel Ogunyemi, learning, development and inclusion partner with Burrell Behavioral Health, says many have questions about diversity and inclusion. He says a challenge is establishing a shared …

Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says it’s important to be active in groups and charities. He says you should give back to the community that has given to you. Potthoff is a 2020 …

Speaker, coach and writer Erika Gerdes, says you shouldn’t limit yourself to your current abilities, Gerdes says expansive dreaming allows you to find a way to your ideal career. Duration: …

Richard Ollis, CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, says Good to Great by Jim Collins is his favorite book on business. Ollis says Collin’s book demonstrates several important principles. Focus on being …

Jordan Morgan, iOS engineer with Buffer, says people believe a technology career means living in a bigger city or on one of the coasts. He says a stable web infrastructure and remote work could make …

Andy Drennen, founder of Blend For That says working the tea business with his wife has strengthened their marriage. He says their talents complement each other to achieve shared goals. Drennen is a …

Brian Fogle, president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks says being able to help others who are hurting is his motivation in the midst of disruption. He says the beauty of the outdoors brings …

Christina Ford, president and founder of The Rebound Foundation, says she made a point to visit with local businesses to learn about potential partners. She says donations of time and services are …

Jamie Tillman, owner of Canna Bliss says you must have a great team supporting you. She says recruiting is easier because of interest in the CBD field, however she also suffered turnover after losing …

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