Brent Brown, CEO of Entrust Property Solutions LLC, joined the Legacy Bank & Trust Co. Board of Directors. Before starting Entrust in 2016, Brown was the president and CEO of Summer Fresh Supermarkets until the company sold in 2012.
Nixa Public Schools student Ella Schober won the Missouri Senator’s Choice Award in District 20 for her drawing of Bass Pro Shops for the Senate Art Exhibit. Her art will be displayed through the end of the year at the state Capitol. The exhibit is a joint effort between the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the Missouri Art Education Association.
Alina and Darren Lehnert and Marshall and Winter Kinne agreed to co-chair the newly formed Friends of SPS to advocate for Proposition S, the $168 million bond proposal by Springfield Public Schools. Also, Dr. Tom Prater, a City Council member and former school board president, was named the group’s treasurer. He and Marshall Kinne served on the SPS Community Task Force on Facilities, and Alina Lehnert is a current member of the SPS Board of Education.
The Branson Police Department hired Corey Hodzic as a school resource officer for Branson Public School’s Cedar Ridge campus. He has worked as a patrol officer with the department since 2014.
SummitMedia LLC appointed Jay Lashley as program director for radio station KSPW-FM, Power 96.5. Lashley, aka “The Ginge,” spent the last two years as music director and he’ll continue to host the station’s 3-7 p.m. daily time slot.
Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, was appointed vice chairman of the Professional Registration Committee in the Missouri Senate. The committee considers and reports on bills and matters relating to the reorganization, establishment, consolidation or abolition of departments, boards, bureaus and commissions of state government, the internal operation of any state agency and the effect of federal legislation on state agencies.
DFG Insurance agents Michael DeFontes and Deena Williams were named to the 2019 Elite Circle of Champions for their contributions and successes during the health insurance marketplace open enrollment period. Both agents enrolled more than 100 clients into the marketplace this year.
Prosper Springfield received a $25,000 donation from Simmons Bank toward increasing financial literacy in the community. The bank also committed to provide classes through Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Making Sense of Money program.
PCnet LLC added Brian Peltier as information technology consultant and account manager. He previously worked as division sales manager for All Copy Products Inc. and also has held the positions of president, general manager and chief operations officer at Corporate Business Systems.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
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.
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.