The SCA’s Megan Short: “Communication is a crucial aspect of project management and supply chain management.”
Robert Weddle of Drury University: "The skill sets employed by the profession’s brightest minds can help us identify and address the significant, interconnected issues facing society today and in the future."
Rhonda Sorensen of Arvest Bank has four suggestions.
Derek Smith of BKD: "The IRS has issued additional guidance on opportunity zone investments that clarifies many open items for investors and developers."
CFP Kenny Gott: "Like most investment products, annuities have their place – but are not one-size-fits-all."
CFP Paula Dougherty: "If you’re like a lot of investors, you may have trouble quantifying the level of risk you are comfortable taking on in your portfolio."
Missouri Trust’s Richard Russell: "One of the first signs of cognitive aging is diminished financial capacity: the progressive loss of a person’s ability to manage banking and investment decisions."
Rusty Worley of the Downtown Springfield Association talks about developments coming to center city.
Kala Forehand of Arvest Bank gives startups tips to impress bankers.
Don Harkey of People Centric Consulting Group: “Small businesses should surround themselves with experts to provide key services and insights so they can stay focused on culture and strategy.”
Guest columnist Tim Parrish: “When problem solving for your client is the focus, there may be opportunities or a necessity to collaborate with outside professionals to tap into a collective wisdom.”
Attorney Stephen Aton says, “A prime protectable interest of many companies is their customer and client base.”
Lynne Haggerman brings readers up to date on law changes.
Author LaDonna Greiner: “I believe we have come as far as we can with the singular focus of women supporting women. It is time that we all lean in at the table.”
Marcie Kirkup of CoxHealth: “There is a solid – and growing – body of evidence that workplace learning plays a critical role in both individual and organizational success.”
Paden Wilcox of The Network: “Thousands of students who live here for several years while pursuing an education should be a great source of talent for growing companies.”
Brian Hutchin of UMB Bank: "In the business-to-business world, checks have long been the preferred method of payment, but the rise of electronic options is changing the payables landscape."
David Stotelmyer of BKD: "The next couple of years will require preparers and users of financial statements to relearn what they thought they knew about revenue recognition and leases."
Mercy’s Dr. Kyle John: “Separating mental health care from physical health care was one of the great medical care blunders of our time.”
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.