Aaron Owens says his 6-month-old real estate firm emphasizes family, relationships and allowing agents to dictate their own goals.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
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.
Springfield Paper Co. maintains revenue growth trend in second century of operation.
Vera Gibbons visited family in California. Their aunt, who is in the cosmetics industry, introduced them to Baby Foot®, which they immediately loved. The product learning curve was shallow, but the complications came into play when it was time to go to market. Learn the team of experts they consulted along the way to success.
How do you develop your company's core values? Mark Struckhoff and Michele Delcoure, both with Council of Churches discuss how they did it and the importance of why you should. Ask the Experts is a monthly series in cooperation with Springfield Business Journal. This is sponsored content.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
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.