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Longtime restaurant Ebbets Field is under new leadership after a group led by Bryan Properties LLC purchased the restaurant and building at 1027 E. Walnut St. on Dec. 17. Terms were not disclosed for the transaction by Bryan Magers and Scott Bailes of Bryan Properties along with silent partners. Kevin Simon is the new general manager at the eatery, which was sold by former Missouri State University football coach Terry Allen and Ron Baird, an attorney with Baird Lightner Millsap PC. Through Pub Management LLC, Allen and Baird had taken over the business in 2012 amid the fallout of Bruce Swisshelm’s bankruptcy proceedings. Bailes said the new ownership group closed Ebbets Field temporarily to conduct renovations that included refinishing wood on the bar and floors, cleaning, painting and fixing walls before reopening Jan. 11. Minor exterior renovations are slated for the spring at the restaurant, originally opened in 1981 on East Cherry Street.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Phone: (417) 865-5050
Nonprofit Leadership Springfield opened its first office space Dec. 1 at 1711 W. Battlefield Road, Ste. A. It had operated for three decades as an affiliate program of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce before transitioning to a fully independent organization in July 2018. Leadership Springfield runs several programs annually for adults and students, helping emerging and established leaders make a commitment to their community, said Executive Director Carrie Richardson. A graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 25, Richardson was hired in June 2018. The professional development organization has three employees, who work in a 1,000-square-foot office leased for two years with Warren Davis Properties for $1,000 per month. Leadership Springfield has connected nearly 2,000 graduates with local opportunities, needs, problems and resources since 1984.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 986-2884
Ellecor Design and Gifts
The new home for Ellecor Design and Gifts opened Jan. 19 at 623 S. Pickwick Ave. in Rountree neighborhood. Owner Haden Long said she and husband Brady purchased the nearly 100-year-old, 1,600-square-foot bungalow for $212,000 in May 2018, and spent the following eight months remodeling it to house her interior design company. She said renovation costs were about $100,000, which included adding a ramp to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and updating and converting the HVAC system to electric from gas to make full use of 58 solar panels already on the house. Ellecor moved after completing its five-year lease at Farmers Park, where it was the first retailer to open in 2014. The showroom retail space at Farmers Park just wasn’t the right fit for Ellecor’s business model, Long said, adding she designed the home on Pickwick Avenue to inspire clients.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Monday by appointment
Phone: (417) 720-2602
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
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.