Reflecting on 2020, the SBJ newsroom compiled the top 10 stories that impacted Queen City business.
Veteran software developer Brad Benton launches Locally Noted.
As business leaders faced challenge after challenge this year, Samuel G. Knox was spinning obstacles into opportunities.
Newsmakers in the areas of accounting, banking, education, marketing, real estate and technology.
How people celebrate traditions and shop for the holidays this year might be a little different because of COVID-19. But the spirit of the season is still alive.
Jason Outman succeeds Jeff Seifried, who exited for Connell Insurance.
Economic investments, such as an industrial park, are among the goals.
Logan Aguirre is chairperson for the eight-member executive committee.
Christine Temple interviewed local women on their journey to the top of their professions, and the challenges and triumphs they faced along the way.
Drury's Kevin Kropf: "Reaching 17- and 18-year-olds with an authentic story that resonates with them has never been easy. Now, add a pandemic and subsequent widespread economic uncertainty to the mix, and you have a vexing dilemma."
Columnist Ryan Baker: "However you slice the pie, there’s enough business for all and we can all refer work among each other so that business owners get the best level of the service they need."
Columnist Jahana Uchtman: "Using automation can help you and your staff be more present and helpful, as well as more productive."
Editor Eric Olson talks digital marketing trends with Nick Altrup, president of 417 Marketing; Larry Paulette, partner at Campaignium LLC; and Drew Owen, general manager of BigPxl.
Paul Adler and Chad Plein accept new roles at the network.
The crowdfunding event is slated to return in 2021 with a "rally for recovery" theme.
Plumbing support product company 3D&L LLC takes the prize over four other businesses.
Springfield agency’s video for Thermbot fuels Kickstarter campaign to smash $18K goal.
HappyFeet Soccer franchisee says program prepares youth for sport and business.
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.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.