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Business Spotlight: Living Off the Land

So-called new age farmers go all in on their agriculture dreams.

Kraig Butrum takes over as the nonprofit’s chief development officer.

Jack and Donna Ewing, owners of Kona Ice of Central Springfield, MO, say they looked at several franchises before finding the one they wanted. They say this truck stood among the competition and like the company’s giveback program.

In a second career, Jack and Donna Ewing join a mobile shaved ice franchise.

A south-side PaPPo’s Pizzeria and Pub opened; restaurateur Angel Kim launched all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant The Hill; and a new Doe’s Eat Place franchise restaurant got its start.

Eleven Springfield-area companies make the annual ranking of the fastest-growing U.S. private businesses.

Cassie Hartman started Ozark Mtn Flower Truck LLC; master plumber and gas fitter Jerry Kendall re-entered the industry; and Brooks and Danielle Milioni launched Sometimes Spouse Springfield.

Friends turned business partners design and build costume pieces inspired by animated comics.

Features Editor Hanna Smith interviews the head chef and owner of Prairie Pie.

The company's Safety Strap is designed to attach to oxygen bags, portable oxygen concentrators, home oxygen units and wheeled carts

Jera Lincoln relocated Good and Perfect Gifts LLC to Springfield; former SBJ reporter Stevie Rozean transitioned into an illustration and lettering business; and Chad and Christina Jameson moved PuroClean Certified Restoration.

Christopher Gates moved to Springfield to open Luxury Pools of the Ozarks LLC; Kansas City-based WellSpring School of Allied Health added a Springfield site; and Penny Swearingin opened Highland Design Studio.

The Queen City’s small-town culture can bring challenges for area startups, too.

The company performs the daily routine care of horses.

The company has "something local in 99 percent of our products."

DigitMint Inc. is clearing regulatory hurdles to operate the machine on the south side.

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