For her second jewelry store venture, Taffy Massey opened CrystallineVelvet on July 5 at 210 E. Walnut St., Ste. 100. The shop sells artisan jewelry, much of it handmade by Massey, although she intends to add more local artists. Massey said she doesn’t do consignment but rents case space in the store to artists. “I want to support local artists serious about their jewelry making,” she said. With around $15,000 in startup costs, Massey is one of two employees at the roughly 2,500-square-foot shop, which is on a one-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Craig Wagoner of Ozcam LLC. T-shirt retailer Swagbot formerly occupied the space. Massey had operated a jewelry store of the same name for three years in Geneva, Illinois, before closing it in July 2015 to care for family health issues. She moved to Springfield in January 2016 and decided this year to reopen her jewelry store.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 319-5177
Pitt Technology Group LLC
A year after forming Pitt Technology Group LLC, owners Doug Pitt and Kevin Waterland on Nov. 1 bought two technology firms: AVman & Associates Ltd. and ConceptiCode LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. AVman, founded in 2001 by Jay Jones, provides audiovisual services to churches, missionaries, schools and businesses. ConceptiCode, a startup software development company, was formed in late 2017 by Will Vandergrift and Arik Griesse. Both AVman and ConceptiCode are moving to Pitt Technology’s Springfield Underground office, with operations slated to be fully merged by January 2019. Combined with its own growth, the acquisitions are expected to bring Pitt Technology’s revenue past $6 million in 2019. AVman is moving its five employees from 500 W. Battlefield Road, while ConceptiCode is relocating from its office in the efactory.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 831-7077
The Fat Cat Pizza Co.
Tom Muetzel, the former owner of Ophelia’s, Sequiota Bike Shop and Finnegan’s Wake, launched a new restaurant in Strafford with the Oct. 15 opening of The Fat Cat Pizza Co. He signed a 10-year lease at 204 S. Highway 125 for undisclosed terms near O’Bannon Bank and Hurricane Bay Car Wash. It was formerly a Fox’s Pizza Den. Fat Cat specialty pizzas range in price from $6.75 for a small five-cheese option to $22.75 for a large with smoked duck, with the menu also featuring pastas, sandwiches, salads, beer and wine. Muetzel declined to disclose startup costs for Fat Cat but said it’s by far the lowest out of any restaurant he’s started. Sequiota Bike Shop closed in March amid a landlord dispute, while Muetzel scrapped plans in December 2017 to reopen Ophelia’s on Commercial Street due to the need for a lengthy remodel to address the discovery of an underground cellar. Muetzel said he sold his share of Finnegan’s Wake to business partner Anne Baker a couple of months after starting to develop the Fat Cat venture.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily
Phone: (417) 736-0077
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Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.