Drury's Natalie Precise says "videoconferencing is here to stay."
Evangel President Mike Rakes: "Every leader is now facing at least two main threats to the core parts of their business or endeavors: finding new financial models to accomplish one’s stated mission and the increased polarization of multiple constituencies that previously had no issues with one another."
Columnist Lynne Haggerman lays out legal changes.
Attorney Robert Petrowsky lays out changes impacting businesses.
Attorney Kevin Dunaway: "Law firms, big and small, need a committee focused on the future. When looking at a law firm’s horizon, the questions become many."
Piatchek & Associates' Kenny Gott: "If you’ve been flying blind until now, it’s time to get some clarity."
BKD's Erica Smith: "It’s shaping up to be a very busy fall season for Congress as the Biden administration works to pass a budget that includes many programs from his campaign platform."
CFP Paula Dougherty says "it can be helpful to examine your money mindset, look for patterns that may interfere with your personal goals and replace what hinders you with more productive habits."
CoxHealth's Kaitlyn McConnell has "a few things to keep in mind as you explore how to integrate or expand your organization’s use" of social media.
Ty Alexander of Terracon Consultants Inc.: " Buildings set the tone for how we feel about our work, homes, schools, shopping and dining experiences, and virtually every part of our lives."
Columnist Rusty Worley: "It may be the most stressful time to be an independent retailer or restaurateur since the suburban flight of the 1980s."
UMB Bank's Eric Kelley: "While some inflation is good for the economy, allowing companies to increase prices and wages, spiking inflation can cause consternation in the markets."
Ollis/Akers/Arney's Erica Gaynor: "What we are finding in the benefits marketplace is that now more than ever is the time to educate and engage your employees so they clearly understand the value available to them and their families."
The Springfield chamber's Ryan Mooney: "Workforce shortages were a challenge before the pandemic, and long-term demographic trends point to this challenge continuing for decades."
Myleah Shrimpton of Ollis/Akers/Arney: "Although I prefer to have solid solutions before bringing an issue to the table, I have come to realize my position is just as much about educating as it is advocating."
Angela Huff of BKD: "The pandemic ushered in the need to provide care in the home in ways that previously had been limited."
Brock Shamel of Cox Medical Group: "Having top-quality services, especially in health care, is crucial. It is paramount to have highly skilled providers who can offer care that is appropriate and delivered correctly."
Columnist Gary Wood: "COVID-19 presented challenges for everyone. For bankers, certified public accountants and other finance professionals across the nation, it put us on the front lines of economic recovery."
Guaranty Bank's Stephanie Rutledge: "Banks shouldn’t expect a return to historical norms, not when the usefulness of digital simplifies life so significantly."
Darr Family Foundation's Heather Zoromski: "As the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way work and life intersect, women have disproportionally been negatively impacted as they have been forced to juggle roles as essential workers, mothers and caregivers."
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Advance Auto Parts opened its first store in Springfield; Natural Grocers made its Springfield debut; and a business owner with experience in the insurance, financial planning and digital marketing fields entered the restaurant industry.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.