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Opinion: Don’t assume professional collaboration in client relations

Guest columnist Tim Parrish: “When problem solving for your client is the focus, there may be opportunities or a necessity to collaborate with outside professionals to tap into a collective wisdom.”

SCA’s Megan Short: “When individuals are engaged in the community, they are more likely to buy into the outcomes.”

Arvest Bank’s Kala Forehand: “Depending on startup costs and the way the business measures profit, it could take two to five years for a business to stand on its own.”

Drury’s Shannon Cuff says something must be done to get young people interested in teaching.

SCA’s Megan Short: “Developing teams with diversity and inclusion in mind helps bring multiple perspectives to the conversation.”

BKD’s Nathan Fitzgerald: "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to how businesses and owners are taxed in construction, contracting and real estate development."

People Centric's Don Harkey: "In the past few weeks, our community has been stressed with not only trying to figure out how to deal with an impending pandemic, but also with the economic impact of social distancing."

The chamber's Katie Jones: "After studying best practices in talent retention, we are developing our own insider guide for college students."

Rhonda Sorensen of Arvest Bank has four suggestions.

Debbie Bills: "A knowledgeable loan officer is an important member of a home renovation team to walk through the financing options, which can be a stressful part of the process."

Zach Fee: "Whether your business is building capital or in a growth cycle, effectively managing excess liquidity is vital to a successful cash-management strategy."

Dee King: "If your business is one of the 97% that uses checks to pay business expenses, you need to be aware of the risks and familiar with a simple tool that can help protect your business."

Cox Monett Hospital President Darren Bass: "We must create and maintain a culture where our staff want to work, patients in our communities and surrounding areas want to come for care, and our physicians want to practice medicine."

MSU’s Michael Merrigan says the United States can be educated by the United Kingdom and France, among other areas.

Ollis/Akers/Arney’s Karen Shannon: “An important part of an organization’s well-being is the ability of its leaders to drive change.”

Marlene Chism says patient well-being is on the line if bad leadership persists.

Commerce Trust Co.’s Constance Moore: “Presuming that maintaining your independence in your later years is a worthwhile objective, then maybe it’s time to meet your future self.”

Don Harkey of People Centric Consulting Group: “Small businesses should surround themselves with experts to provide key services and insights so they can stay focused on culture and strategy.”

Kala Forehand of Arvest Bank gives startups tips to impress bankers.

Attorney Stephen Aton: "While an LLC is very helpful in protecting your personal assets from the obligations of your business, the protection it offers is not absolute."

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