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Opinion: Business plays key role in fostering diversity, inclusion

Springfield chamber President Matt Morrow: "Advancing racial equity is not only the right thing to do but also a strategy for economic growth."

Springfield Chamber Chair Robin Robeson: "As we were heading into 2020 and I was preparing for my year as chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented challenges certainly weren’t what any of us expected. And yet here we are, navigating these murky waters."

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller: "As long as there is the potential for the disease to spread, and the potential to respond with stay-at-home orders, election authorities are duty bound to address potential complications by developing strategies and adopting best practices known at the time."

UMB Bank's Shelly Addington: "To gain finance independence, it's imperative to open up about planning."

Arvest's Tracy Barnas and Kala Forehand: "Several issues can contribute to the failure of a business, but uncontrolled growth and a lack of succession planning are both causes that can be prevented."

Aton Marketing's Marcus Aton: "Residents want work-life balance, and the ability to enjoy the outdoors contributes to that."

Missouri Farm Bureau’s Eric Bohl: "A reliable and affordable meat supply is important, and market consolidation can harm both of these goals."

Columnist Paula Dougherty: "Investors who are retired or nearing retirement have less time to wait out their losses."

Columnist Kenny Gott: "Short-term, stock markets can be a roller coaster. Long-term, it's a pretty good bet."

Attorney Stephen Aton writes about an executive order from Gov. Mike Parson that expires this month.

Alpha Realty's Aaron Owens: "In the last few years, there have been drastic changes made to the way business is conducted. When a pandemic is added into the mix, things evolve even quicker."

Columnist Rusty Worley says "the coronavirus pandemic magnified downtown's connectedness."

Columnist Marcus Aton says "it could be culturally symbolic to unite our city and preserve our history."

Author LaDonna Greiner: "Staying positive is the key to succeeding."

Columnist Karen Shannon: "One of the top reasons new managers fail is the lack of preparation for their roles."

Columnist Don Harkey: "Innovating on demand is challenging."

Attorney Andy Peebles says "it has become painfully clear over the past few weeks of the COVID-19 era that the standard way of doing business has evolved."

Columnist Lynne Haggerman unpacks the legislation.

UMB Bank's Byron Pierce says "bankers are risk managers by design and should be prepared for all environments, including this one."

Commerce Bank's Lacy Martin says "the modern-day payment system was tailor-made for the shelter-in-place conditions."

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