BKD LLP Chief Operations Officer Eric Hansen was honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout for commitment to community improvement and career achievement. He was nominated by the Ozark Trails Council and confirmed by the National Eagle Scout Association.
BKD added Dan Prater as a senior managing consultant. He previously was the founding director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University and has 20 years of experience in nonprofit research, education and consulting.
Benny Fong, an assistant professor of graduate education and statistics at Southwest Baptist University, presented at the International Christian Educator Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He presented findings from his workshop, “Factors Influencing Retention of Gen Y and Non-Gen Y Teachers Working at International Schools in Asia.”
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Scott Fitzpatrick as state treasurer, succeeding Eric Schmitt, who was named attorney general. Fitzpatrick, who founded Shell Knob boat dock manufacturer MariCorps US LLC, has represented Barry County and portions of Stone and Lawrence counties in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Ozarks Neurological Foundation Inc. donated $25,000 to the CoxHealth Foundation to benefit the CoxHealth ALS Clinic. The funds were raised at the ONF Golf Tournament at Highland Springs Country Club.
The Darr Family Foundation handed out over $155,464 to nonprofits during its fall 2018 grant cycle. Among the recipients were Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Care to Learn, Children’s Smile Center CSC, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Discovery Center, Drew Lewis Foundation, Good Dads, Lafayette House, Missouri State University Foundation, Newborns in Need, Ozarks Area Community Action Corp., Ozarks Food Harvest, Pregnancy Care Center and the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks.
Ozarks Literacy Council named Amy Jardell as executive director. She oversees fundraising and community relations, as well as office, financial and grant management. She previously worked in development for The Child Advocacy Center.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. awarded $60,000 in diversity and inclusion grants to Drury University and Grupo Latinoamericano, Foster Adopt Connect Inc. and Fresh Start Furnishings, Friends of the Timmons Temple, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield NAACP, The Glo Center, Promo, Springfield Black Tie and Commercial Street Community Improvement District, Missouri State University and Facing Racism Institute, and MSU and the Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail. Those entities grouped together are collaborative efforts, with the first listed as the lead entity.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. named John Farmer da la Torre director of communications and marketing, Riley Daniels as senior director of social enterprise and Heather Cribbs as office manager and executive assistant. Farmer da la Torre is a former photojournalist, financial marketing executive at AIG in New York City and Latin America, and financial adviser at UBS Wealth Management in Los Angeles. Daniels has 20 years of experience in retail, including stints at Bass Pro Shops and Home Depot. Cribbs has worked in finance and customer service management, and she earned a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.
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.