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Barak Hill says he's read a lot of books, but one he keeps going back to is "Conversations with Tom Petty" by Paul Zollo. He says reading it always inspires him to get back to writing music.

Your REALTOR should be your advocate, not your salesperson. They should work for you, walk you through the process, anticipate issues and have solutions, not take...

The origins of The Builders’ Association were in providing a one-stop shop for helping contractors find projects to bid, and to this day, that service remains one of our most...

The gap in broadband coverage in a poorer neighborhood is effectively a digital form of redlining, a now-banned practice that denied service based on race. In the 1930s, banks started...

The IRS announced increases for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2022. Eligible individuals with self-only HDHP coverage may...

Heat illness kills about 600 US workers each year, but we often forget about one of the underlying symptoms of heat stress: fatigue. Fatigue is a sneaky enemy responsible for...

According to a 2017 international study by Unilever, 33% of consumers are choosing to buy from brands they believe are committed to having a positive social and ...

Jim and Debbie Meinsen, owners of TCI Graphics, discuss their strategy for staying ahead of the curve on technology. Jim Meinsen says they base their decisions on customer needs.

Having a written and detailed job description can make the process of filling a position easier and is key to attracting the right employees. Provide a clear, consistent understanding of a ...

Michael Junge, owner of the Lost Boys Barber Co., says the people he works with are the thing that make his business work. Junge says that he tries to treat his employees as equals in business.

Sandy Higgins, who owns the Crackerjack Shack in Republic, says it creates a positive company culture when employees feel they have input. She believes that a positive work environment helps make a business more successful.

Caleb Scott, owner of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-pro football team, says when the team in involved in decision-making they are more supportive of the decisions that are carried out.

Marketing is a little bit different as a national brand. Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, talks about their experience growing and marketing their product to clients.

Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says her husband has really helped her accomplish her idea of opening a pottery shop. Barks opened Artistree Pottery after being diagnosed with PXE, an inherited medical condition affecting the eyes.

Local musician Barak Hill discusses live-streaming online and some challenges associated with the medium. He says you have to remain confident that there are people out there who want to see you.

Sandy Higgins, owner of Crackerjack Shack, was met with laughter when she tried to get her first business loan. But it only made her more determined to succeed. Higgins talks about that experience and others that, even today, she has faced as a woman business owner. In spite of those challenges, Higgins has grown her business to generate $1 million in annual revenue and has been recognized in the custom logo wear industry as a top business.

John Oke-Thomas, owner and architect at Oke-Thomas and Associates, and co-founder of Springfield's Minorities in Business, tells how he worked with Drury University to preserve the historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, says she doesn’t get caught up on titles or job descriptions. She says doing hard and uncomfortable things is a part of the territory and it is her job make people want to work there.

Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, talks about how Springfield has changed over the years. He says he’s seen a growth in industry and the need to adapt and change to growing markets. Crosstown Barbecue celebrates its 51st year in 2021.

Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, says now is a great time for innovators to start a small business for several reasons. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, shares three things entrepreneurs should know.

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