Online, SBJ.net provides a full spectrum of interactive electronic services and information, targeted newsletters, as well as daily and breaking business news. SBJ.net has garnered top awards from international industry trade association Alliance of Area Business Publications and from Missouri Press Association.
A yearlong calendar of recognition events, which include 40 Under 40, Most Influential Women, Men of the Year, Economic Impact Awards and many others, are among the area’s most well-attended networking opportunities. Tickets for the monthly breakfast live interview series, 12 People You Need to Know, are increasingly sought after.
SBJ’s custom publishing division produces a growing number of special publications, events targeted to the area’s business and professional community.
Mission statement and history
SBJ Publishing’s mission can be summed up in three words: Pride In Publishing. Springfield Business Journal and all its ancillary publications and services strive for continuous improvement, as well as a constant focus on reporting local and regional business news, with targeted advertising and marketing strategies to help local businesses grow and prosper.
The staff of SBJ Publishing comprises a group of professionals, experts in their fields of reporting, writing, research and editing; graphic and page design, photography and illustration; circulation sales and service; events management and production; and marketing planning, targeted advertising strategy, relationship building, sales and service.
The company’s administrative department, led by owner Jennifer Jackson, publisher and CEO, as well experienced accounting and customer service staff members, have many decades of experience and expertise to offer readers, advertisers and staff. The entire SBJ Publishing group is dedicated to community service, and each staff member participates personally as a volunteer in regional nonprofit organizations.
Headquarters of SBJ Publishing Inc. are in the Springfield Business Journal building at 313 Park Central West in Springfield’s historic and burgeoning downtown, an area which has rapidly become a center for urban living, dining and entertainment, banking, shopping and a multitude of upscale commercial and professional offices. The Business Journal’s offices occupy a completely renovated 1890s-era three-story building which was once a small hotel and pub. Every effort has been made to preserve the historic integrity of the building, while at the same time providing an efficient and welcoming atmosphere for staff and visitors.
The history of the company itself can be traced to the beginnings of the business journalism movement in the United States. In the early 1980s, local and regional business publications were springing up in major markets — a hybrid breed of newspaper and magazine formats. In fact, Springfield Business Journal claims the title of oldest business journal in Missouri. St. Louis and Kansas City business journals also began circulating later in the same year. Only SBJ remains locally owned and independent of chain operations. The content of all of its products — print and digital alike — also has retained an unwavering focus on the business and professional decision makers across southwest Missouri.
For more information about SBJ Publishing and its expanding list of print publications, events and online news and advertising services, please contact any staff member. We are all prepared to assist you.Dianne Elizabeth Osis
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder