After operating as CB Social House since opening in 2014, the restaurant and bar at 314 S. Patton Ave. changed its name to Social. Head chef Daniel Stern said CB Social House closed Jan. 27 and reopened Feb. 7 as Social. CB Social House spun off from City Butcher and Barbecue, the south-side butcher shop and restaurant operated by business partners Jeremy Smith and Cody Smith. Stern said the ownership group has consolidated to form Social, and a statement sent to Springfield Business Journal indicated Cody Smith was no longer involved in the downtown venture. Stern declined to disclose the investment for rebranding, which centered on menu revisions, including exclusively serving dinner. General Manager Doug Riddle said Social is moving away from a la carte steak options and burgers. The menu online features beef cheek, salmon, duck and steak entrees, ranging from $25-$32 per plate. Stern said the “chef’s table” expanded to 10 seats from four, in a separate dining area served from a menu crafted by Stern daily.
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 368-0778
Branson Regional Arts Council
The 35-year-old Tri-Lakes Community Theatre merged Jan. 23 with The Branson Arts Council Inc., with Branson Regional Arts Council as the surviving entity, said Executive Director Jim Barber. “As an organization, Tri-Lakes was faltering and didn’t have the support they needed for operating as a nonprofit,” Barber said. Branson resident Jean Cantwell started both organizations, the Tri-Lakes Community Theatre in 1983 and The Branson Arts Council in 1965, as the Taney Arts Council. Barber said Cantwell supported the merger. Prior, Tri-Lakes was only able to produce a couple shows a year, but now, Barber said several performances are planned year-round at the Historic Owen Theatre. There was no cash exchanged in the merger, Barber said. He is the only employee of the nonprofit arts council, which operates at 205 S. Commercial St. in Branson, but he works with a volunteer pool of 75-100, including stage crew and cast members. The merger plan on file with the Missouri secretary of state indicates the incumbent board of directors of the Branson Regional Arts Council will govern the merged entity.
Phone: (417) 336-4255
Springfield Community Gardens
Springfield Community Gardens, a nonprofit that partners with Springfield Public Schools, Missouri State University, the city of Springfield and other nonprofits, expanded into the kitchen at Cox North at 1423 N. Jefferson Ave. Maile Auterson, Springfield Community Gardens’ director and co-founder, said SCG maintains 23 gardens but never has had a commercial kitchen. SCG is investing a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks allowing it to prepare produce and host classes at Cox North. The organization agreed to lease CoxHealth’s kitchen for $6,000 per year, and the remainder will help fund the role of a kitchen food hub manager, Rachael West. Based at 1126 N. Broadway Ave., SCG has distributed 550,000 pounds of produce to families in need between 2010 and 2017. Auterson said SCG in September 2017 won a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Food Projects program over a three-year period.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 414-7129
Client and revenue growth at Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic fuels move to larger home.
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.