Downtown Springfield Association's Rusty Worley has "observations from downtown small businesses that not only survived the economic storm but also are well positioned to emerge stronger from it."
Columnist Marlene Chism gives networking tips.
Columnist Lynne Haggerman outlines Biden administration changes.
Attorney Andy Peebles asks: "Is a website a place of public accommodation subject to the ADA?"
Evangel's Mark Fabian: "The experiences of this past year are reshaping the forecasts for higher education."
417 Marketing's Ryan Baker discusses the SCARF model.
SCA's Megan Short says "employees who are engaged, appreciated and able to grow are more likely to stay with a company."
Banker Byron Pierce has post-pandemic steps to consider.
Arvest's Summer Massey says "a common misconception about an exit strategy is that it's there to set a hard and fast deadline to force you out of your business."
Drury's Sara Khorshidifard says that "done well, the design of our built environment can represent our places justly, rightfully and inclusively."
MSU's Nichole Busdieker-Jesse says "current trends have shoppers look closer at the labels and marketing so they are more informed about what they are eating."
Banker Jason Whitesell says "it's paramount that lenders and farmers develop relationships for the long haul."
Columnist LaDonna Greiner recommends "walk and talks."
Columnist David Raney: "Ongoing investment in physical and virtual infrastructure is critical to ensuring patients have access to the health care services they need."
Columnist Marlene Chism: "Hundreds of books have been written about succession planning, but there’s one skill set often overlooked when it comes to leadership advancement in health care: Conflict capacity."
Columnist Andy Peebles discusses possible changes under the new administration.
Columnist Lynne Haggerman details "changes businesses must be aware of in order to modify policies and procedures to ensure compliance and conduct management training."
Columnist Shannon McMurtrey: "Amid all the news about the pandemic and the presidential transition in recent weeks, it was easy for many to miss the most significant cybersecurity story in years."
Ollis/Akers/Arney adviser Cameron Black says "employees are more engaged, motivated and loyal largely due to their organization's giving approach."
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.