CFP Kenny Gott: "Like most investment products, annuities have their place – but are not one-size-fits-all."
CFP Paula Dougherty: "If you’re like a lot of investors, you may have trouble quantifying the level of risk you are comfortable taking on in your portfolio."
Missouri Trust’s Richard Russell: "One of the first signs of cognitive aging is diminished financial capacity: the progressive loss of a person’s ability to manage banking and investment decisions."
Rusty Worley of the Downtown Springfield Association talks about developments coming to center city.
Kala Forehand of Arvest Bank gives startups tips to impress bankers.
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.”
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.”
Attorney Stephen Aton says, “A prime protectable interest of many companies is their customer and client base.”
Lynne Haggerman brings readers up to date on law changes.
Author LaDonna Greiner: “I believe we have come as far as we can with the singular focus of women supporting women. It is time that we all lean in at the table.”
Marcie Kirkup of CoxHealth: “There is a solid – and growing – body of evidence that workplace learning plays a critical role in both individual and organizational success.”
Paden Wilcox of The Network: “Thousands of students who live here for several years while pursuing an education should be a great source of talent for growing companies.”
Brian Hutchin of UMB Bank: "In the business-to-business world, checks have long been the preferred method of payment, but the rise of electronic options is changing the payables landscape."
David Stotelmyer of BKD: "The next couple of years will require preparers and users of financial statements to relearn what they thought they knew about revenue recognition and leases."
Mercy’s Dr. Kyle John: “Separating mental health care from physical health care was one of the great medical care blunders of our time.”
Steve Henderson of OakStar Bank provides suggestions to improve relationships with bankers.
Josh Hartman of Commerce Trust asks: "If you suddenly came into possession of a large, income-producing piece of real estate or farm operation, could you instantly manage the day-to-day activities to support the enterprise?"
Columnist Lynne Haggerman: “Several new and rescinded state and federal actions will affect area businesses.”
Aton Law Firm’s Stephen Aton: “While the concept is not new, it is being used much more frequently than in the past.”
Jeff Eiserman of Ollis/Akers/Arney shares “some examples of local cyber events, what it can cost and what you can do to proactively prevent it.”
Caleb Arthur of Sun Solar aims to re-energize the funding board.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.