Josh Hartman of Commerce Trust asks: "If you suddenly came into possession of a large, income-producing piece of real estate or farm operation, could you instantly manage the day-to-day activities to support the enterprise?"
Columnist Lynne Haggerman: “Several new and rescinded state and federal actions will affect area businesses.”
Aton Law Firm’s Stephen Aton: “While the concept is not new, it is being used much more frequently than in the past.”
Jeff Eiserman of Ollis/Akers/Arney shares “some examples of local cyber events, what it can cost and what you can do to proactively prevent it.”
Gary Wood of Compere Robinette CPAs: “There has never been a better time to be a CPA because of the work being done with technology.”
Author LaDonna Greiner: “Philanthropy is growing in the corporate sector.”
Don Harkey of People Centric Consulting Group: “People perform better when they are engaged in what they are doing and understand why they do it.”
Tim Siebert of Children’s Miracle Network asks, "How does your nonprofit remain relevant while navigating opportunities and pressures that impact the organization?"
Ryan Baker of Kingly Consulting LLC: "Is there a more sustainable method of achieving long-term growth and competitive advantage? The answer is surprisingly simple and yet almost universally ignored."
Paula Dougherty: “A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe.”
Megan Short of the Springfield Contractors Association: “Why pay so much when you can figure it out on your own? The answer: Training, or lack thereof. “
Wes Pratt reflects on the year in diversity and inclusion.
The chamber’s Ryan Mooney says Springfield doesn’t currently have enough real estate on the market to meet economic development criteria.
Downtown Springfield Association’s Rusty Worley writes about four development focuses in center city.
Karen Shannon of Ollis/Akers/Arney: “Success is dependent on more than just employees physically being present.”
Mark Sharp of BKD asks, “What are the health care payer sources in the United States doing to decrease the cost of care in our country?”
Byron Pierce of UMB Bank has three considerations.
Ashlee Radford of Guaranty Bank: Large deposits could be working smarter.
Tim Parrish of Missouri Trust & Investment: “Building a portfolio of rental properties has become a very popular investment approach and is often treated as a retirement vehicle.”
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
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.