Green Circle Projects LLC hired Cristina Bustamante as development planner and Michael Shoults as construction manager. Previously a freelance architect, Bustamante works on market research, project documentation and development visualization. Shoults was most recently a project manager with DeWitt & Associates Inc. and oversees development construction.
David Burton and Karla Deaver were honored at the University of Missouri Extension Summit in Columbia. Burton, a Greene County engagement specialist, received the Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award for planning, conducting and evaluating Extension activity the past year. He also was awarded the Outstanding Program Award for the Greene County Excel leadership program. Deaver earned the Outstanding Program Award second-place honor for the Dig Into Adventures program with 4-H Club at the Ozark Empire Fair.
Missouri State University’s online doctor of nursing practice ranked third best in the country by Grad School Hub, a website specializing in graduate degree program information. The rankings were based on a point system factoring accreditation, concentration areas and tuition.
The Branson Regional Arts Council hired Perry Davis Harper as an instructor of private vocal coaching. He’s currently performing in his fourth season at Sight and Sound Theatre and previously traveled the country singing operatic and musical theater repertoire. Harper has a master’s in vocal performance from University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in music from Arkansas State University.
CoxHealth promoted Tim Jones to president of Cox Medical Group, and appointed Dr. Staci Niemoth to chairwoman of CoxHealth’s Joint Operations Committee. Jones succeeds retiring president Dr. James Ceaser to oversee all CoxHealth-integrated physicians. Niemoth, the current medical director of Women’s Health Services, replaces Jones to lead the committee of senior physicians and administrators acting as a voice for day-to-day operations.
The Missouri Job Center received a $3 million Ozarks Promise grant to train 372 individuals in health care fields through December 2020. Funded through the America’s Promise program, full tuition and fees are covered by the grant for programs including certified medical assistant, certified pharmacy technician, phlebotomy and basic emergency medical technician.
Rhonda Lewsader was named Springfield’s city attorney, after serving in an interim capacity since September. Frank Romines vacated the position to become a staff attorney in Denver. Lewsader, a 19-year city employee, leads a 20-employee department with a roughly $2 million annual budget.
Bass Pro Shops ranked No. 11 in Reputation.com’s 2018 Retail Reputation Report. With a total rating of 654 out of 1,000, Bass Pro Shops ranked first in the sporting goods category, 14th for cleanliness, 17th for convenience, 19th for product availability, 20th for parking and amenities, and 22nd for customer service. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and sentiment analysis was used to examine millions of customer reviews online for the rankings.
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.