The American Institute of CPAs issued a certified public accountant license to KPM CPAs & Advisors staff accountant Ross Wiseman, as well as an intermediate single audit certificate to CPA and supervisor Sarah Burrows. The audit certificate goes to auditors with three to seven years of experience performing single audits in compliance with the latest federal requirements. Both Wiseman and Burrows provide audit services to KPM clients in the nonprofit and governmental industries.
The Junior League of Springfield, Missouri Inc. awarded Larra KeethAlford and Chelsie Wilburn the Building Better Communities scholarship for $500 each in the 2019 school year. KeethAlford is currently working toward a bachelor’s in social work with a minor in psychology at Missouri State University. Wilburn is scheduled to receive an associates of arts in behavioral sciences in fall 2020 from Ozarks Technical Community College.
Three Ozark School District employees and one volunteer were honored during the Ozark Community Awards. Randi Jo Miller of Ozark North Elementary received the Helen Hawkins Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year; Dean Ulrich of Ozark High School earned the Karen & Dennis Miller Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Becky Barrett, a high school custodian, was named Support Staff of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year went to Kristi Broussard, who has volunteered at least one day a week in the Ozark Middle School Library for the past five years.
Edmonds Dental Prosthetics Inc. owner Steve Edmonds received the 2019 Laboratory Member of the Year Award during the National Association of Dental Laboratories annual meeting in Las Vegas. Edmonds took over the practice from his father, Bob, in early 2017, and his dad died a year later. Steve Edmonds has worked at Edmonds Dental Prosthetics for 35 years.
Integrity Home Care + Hospice named Janet Weber as director of strategic partnerships. As head of the Springfield business development team, she works with high-value partnerships for service across the continuum of care for individuals in the region. Weber also works directly with health systems and post-acute care providers in skilled nursing, assisted living, hospitals and rehabilitation.
The Branson Fire Department named Heath Hudson as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year, citing his work organizing the Scott Firefighter’s Challenge. Also receiving awards were Nathanael Jones for the 2018 Engineer of the Year, Cpt. Kelly Eidson for the 2018 Cpt. of the Year, Cpt. Clark Bogle for the Training Division Award, Cpt. Jason Bruck for the Technical Services Division Award and firefighter Chris Ely for the Fully Involved Award.
Missouri Realtors announced Kirk Hewitt as an honorable mention recipient of the 2018 Missouri Good Neighbor Award at the organization’s January business conference. He was recognized for providing emergency home repairs to qualifying, low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners through the Realtors Helping People program, of which he chairs. Hewitt has raised $150,000 for the program’s recipients and provides emergency home repairs to nearly 20 households per year.
U.S. Cellular named Russ Cullins manager for two stores in Springfield. He has worked with U.S. Cellular for eight years.
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.