Hair stylists John Fahey and Carly Hamilton are partnering on their first business with the Oct. 8, 2018, opening of Wallace Rae, 1460 E. Cherry St. The salon offers men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts, highlighting, custom hand-painted color, blowouts, gray coverage, facial waxes, scalp and hair treatments, and human hair extensions, Hamilton said. She said they signed a five-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Craig and Joann Hosmer for the 1,500-square-foot former Cameo Salon spot. Startup costs were $90,000, primarily for renovation services by Sechler Remodeling, Rebecca Elliott Interior Design LLC and Signature Woodworks Co. Wallace and Rae are the middle names of the two owners. Each has worked in the hair salon industry for a decade in Springfield as stylists and colorists. Hamilton said three employees staff the Rountree neighborhood shop.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment
Phone: (417) 350-1535
Ozarks Community Health Center-Miles for Smiles
Eight months after purchasing a former Roweton’s Home Center building at 203 E. Broadway St. in Bolivar, Ozarks Community Health Center on Dec. 31, 2018, opened its Miles for Smiles dental clinic in the space. OCHC acquired the Miles for Smiles program, including a mobile and brick-and-mortar dental clinic, from Citizens Memorial Hospital in January 2016. The clinic outgrew its first space in Bolivar at 800 E. Aldrich Rd., Ste. E, that only had four dental operatories on-site, said Scott Crouch, CEO of OCHC. With 24 employees, the 8,500-square-foot new spot has seven operatories and space to add three more. Crouch said startup costs, including the purchase and renovation of the Broadway building, were around $600,000. Miles for Smiles sees patients of all ages and provides teeth cleanings, X-rays, dentures, root canals, crowns, fillings, extractions and sealants.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 328-6334
Canna Bliss LLC
Selling a line of products centered around “cannabidiol,” Canna Bliss LLC opened Sept. 17, 2018, at 210 W. Republic Road, Ste. 100. Owner Jamie Tillman said her goal is to make the 1,300-square-foot CBD oil store the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield. The shop employs four, and Tillman said she is on a lease for undisclosed terms with father James Tillman, who built the center. Products include oils, capsules, lotions, CBD flower and edibles, including a CBD cookie dough in collaboration with Crave Cookie Dough. Jamie Tillman said tinctures, which is oil placed under the tongue, and a topical ointment to reduce pain and inflammation are the most popular products, both starting at $65. Previously owning Art Salon & Spa, Tillman also helped her father open the first Springfield location of First Watch. She opened a second Canna Bliss shop in Lebanon on Feb. 1.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 258-5770
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
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.