Columnist Rusty Worley: "The tumultuous year of 2020 ... ushers in a new set of questions to address."
Website designer Jahana Uchtman: "You always want to start by listing your objectives."
Design Fabrication's Dianna Devore: "The workforce crisis has significantly increased construction costs and construction schedules."
Commerce Bank's Brent Baldwin: "As an organization, what policies, procedures and structures can you put into place so your employees will thrive while working remotely – whether for a season or for the long term?"
Guaranty Bank's Tamra Dean: "With rates near historic lows and more demand than inventory, it’s certainly fair to ask if now is the right time to buy a house."
Columnist Paula Dougherty: "Insurance is one of the fundamental financial tools for any household."
Ollis/Akers/Arney CEO Richard Ollis: "We haven’t experienced an insurance market like this since 9/11."
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."
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …