BKD LLP promoted Matthew Looker and Emily Reese to senior managing consultants and Laura Rice and Eimee Wakefield to managing consultants. Looker is a member of the firm’s technologies division and assists clients with implementations and project management for new products. Reese assists large health care systems with reimbursement and regulatory consulting services. Rice performs reimbursement consulting to clients and prepares Medicare and Medicaid cost reports for community health centers. Wakefield provides consulting services to home care and hospice clients.
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools honored five reading teachers with Turner Reading Awards: Rachel Hoing at Watkins Elementary School, Shondra Collins at York Elementary School, Alyssa Wicklund at Westport Middle School, Liz Eason at Weller Elementary School and Kendall Bennett at Jarrett Middle School. Nominations for the awards were submitted by SPS educators and peers earlier this year with nominees completing a questionnaire detailing their accomplishments in the classroom.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Missouri Seal of Biliteracy Program approved The Summit Preparatory School to offer the seal to qualifying seniors upon graduation. The program promotes active participation in a global society and economy by incentivizing, recognizing and celebrating the acquisition of biliteracy skills and sociocultural competencies.
Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Heart Institute in Bolivar added Kyla Inman as nurse practitioner. She provides evaluation and treatment for adult cardiology patients, stress test supervision, patient education, and management of blood clots and heart failures. Inman earned her nursing degree from East Central College in Rolla and her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Cox College.
Dr. Abigail Emery of Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture LLC completed the requirements to become Webster certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The Webster technique teaches care for pregnant women, such as gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence-informed practices.
Matthew Growcock was elected managing member of Lowther Johnson Attorney at Law LLC, succeeding Michael Miller. Growcock, who joined the firm as a member in 2012, practices in commercial and civil litigation. Miller was named chief operating officer and general counsel for Mid-Missouri Bank.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Inc. named Karen McDonald and Tad Peters as the 2018 Bigs of the Year. McDonald, who has worked in public schools for 18 years. has mentored the same little for the last decade. Peters, an officer with the Springfield Police Department, joined the BBBSO Board of Directors in 2011 and has mentored his little since then.
Crave Cookie Dough owners eye store No. 2 as they enter the second year in business.
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.
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.