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."
Americans change jobs a lot; columnist Paula Dougherty says those moves can impact the nest egg.
Sun Solar's Caleb Arthur: "Given bipartisan congressional support, approval for the federal accelerator could come by September."
The chamber's Sandy Howard outlines successes in the Missouri General Assembly's legislative session.
MSU's Stephanie Hein: "No other industry was hit harder by COVID-19 than the hospitality industry."
Arvest Bank's Jami Dressler says "mortgages are large investments and long-term commitments, making the process stressful for many clients."
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.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.