Hemporium opened for business Oct. 15 at 4139 S. National Ave. selling hemp products and “cannabidiol,” commonly known as CBD oil. Business partners Russ and Shelley Powers and Greg and Rachel Lee signed a three-year lease for 1,650 square feet in the Twin Oaks Shopping Center. CBD is a nonintoxicating component of cannabis used to treat chronic pain and inflammation. Hemporium carries products such as candy and trail mix with CBD via Infused Edibles LLC, a company for which Greg Lee is a wholesale distributor. The Queen City shop also sells CBD-infused pet food, as well as hemp clothing, backpacks, wallets and bath and body products. “There’s nothing in here that’s not a derivative of hemp,” Russ Powers said. The store’s lease terms and startup costs were not disclosed. Hemporium joins other CBD sellers in Springfield, including CBD of Springfield and Canna Bliss.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 324-7724
Engineering firm Olsson Associates Inc. dropped the latter part of its name and rolled out a rebranding Oct. 15. The Lincoln, Nebraska-based company, which operates a Springfield office at 550 St. Louis St., is now doing business as Olsson. Officials say the Olsson logo – now in lower-case green and yellow letters – was changed to match a simplified and clear message as the company expands its geographic footprint. The company has grown to more than 1,000 employees with offices in eight states, led by CEO Brad Strittmatter. Among the company’s recent local projects was civil engineering work for Mercy Bolivar Multi-Specialty Clinic, The Township Senior Living and Wildwood Plaza. It also performed engineering work for the Mercy hospital in Joplin after the 2011 tornado destroyed the health care system’s facility.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday
Phone: (417) 890-8802
Ascend Dental Design LLC
Drs. Jeff Dorman and Derek Magers of Ascend Dental Design LLC bought the Branson West practice of Dr. Frank Schmidt and reopened it Sept. 18 as Ascend Dental. The 18020 State Highway 13, Ste. E, office in Branson West, the second for Ascend Dental, has about 800 patients. Schmidt retired in August. Financial terms of the deal, as well as renovations costs, were undisclosed. Magers said the office was updated with new flooring, decor, paint, equipment and a dental laboratory. Ascend Dental opened in 1985 as Dorman Family Dental. The practice changed names to Ascend in 2015 after Magers came on board. With its Springfield office at 1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Bldg. U, the practice specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry as well as dental implants.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday (in Branson West)
Phone: (417) 272-3352
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.