Jason Whitesell is leading Old Missouri Bank in his hometown of Ash Grove, while bolstering the economy through community service.
As Bob Dixon settles in as presiding commissioner, a fiscal transparency portal of Greene County’s checkbook is now live online.
Bryan Magers is bringing Hilton’s millennial hotel brand to downtown Springfield this fall.
Abe McGull is bringing a lifetime of public service to City Council.
Veteran principal Stephanie Young is designing a new school with future generations in mind.
After 15 years at Lowther Johnson, Michael Miller is switching industries to join the leadership team of one of his clients.
Dr. Curtis Schreiber says the role of a neurologist has shifted. Today, he takes a comprehensive approach to care for patients with dementia.
Kelli Stephens is the new owner of Edgewood Creamery, and she has big goals for the family farm.
After a career coaching basketball, Dan Elliott uses sports to positively impact kids in underprivileged communities and countries.
Leslie Forrester connects the community to Springfield's art scene, and says support is peaking.
Rhonda Lewsader now leads the city of Springfield’s law department as city attorney after two decades of service.
Taking the helm of the Springfield Innovation Inc. board, Scott Dalenberg outlines the nonprofit’s mission to foster technology, research and create jobs.
1 Million Cups is leaving the startup phase as it nears its five-year anniversary; co-founder Sterling Huff reflects.
Entering his third year in the insurance industry, Jordan Russell gains responsibility in his family’s business.
Laura Kiesel is using her client relations background to develop trust accounts in her new role.
Developer Kelly Byrne has presented a new plan for properties on Cherry Street — with the aim to bring neighbors together.
Maurice Jones rounds out the city’s leadership team, bringing 20 years of economic development experience to a new role.
Features Editor Christine Temple interviews the director of interior design at Sapp Design Associates Architects PC.
The ReeceNichols regional president has his sights set high for the year ahead.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder