Victoria’s Cafe and Tea owner Sheila Daniels relocated her 6-year-old business to Springfield from Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springfield Contemporary Theatre Inc. consolidated operations; and a dedicated emergency room for children is now available at Mercy Hospital Springfield.
The 12th Springfield branch for Central Bank of the Ozarks opened; 417 Charcuterie moved; and The Furologist LLC got its start.
After opening its first Springfield brick-and-mortar shop in 2019, Leavenworth, Kansas-based retailer Artistic Works by Lu LLC moved; a four-bay Jiffy Lube opened shop; and St. Louis-based Synergy Wealth Solutions Inc. launched a Springfield office.
St. Joseph-based prepared meal service franchise Lean Kitchen Co. LLC debuted in Springfield; Republic gained a franchise of The UPS Store Inc.; and Reborn Co., which makes soy wax candles and fragrant sprays, opened its production center to the public after relocating to Rogersville from Springfield.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
The owner of a pair of sandwich shops in Christian County launched seafood eatery Big Al’s Crab Shack; Springfield entertainer Jeff Houghton debuted the Writers’ Room marketing agency; and law firm Branstetter & Lightfoot LLC opened in Bolivar.
The War Zone Springfield LLC opened; Easy Mountain Cannabis Co. became Republic’s first medical marijuana dispensary upon opening in February; and Echelon Coffee launched.
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.
Specialty bakery and national chain Nothing Bundt Cakes made its Springfield debut; Angelia Fox became a first-time business owner upon opening A&A Boutique & Country Decor; and Marshfield gained a drive-thru coffee shop.
A downtown building most recently used as a temporary artist shop now has a full-time art gallery; Missouri Joint Ventures LLC opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in Christian County; and direct primary care practice Command Family Medicine PC relocated its Springfield office.
Brandon Stockstill and fiancee Brittny Tripicchio became the new owners of Downtown Nutrition Club LLC; F8 Training opened; and Schweitzer United Methodist Church started Flourish CDC.
Volt Credit Union converted a former restaurant into a new branch; longtime yoga practitioner and registered nurse Sonya Frederick became a first-time business owner; and Rove Coffee Roasting relocated.
A hip joint franchise opened; Cup of Joe’s launched in Nixa; and CBD store Health and Endocan Products LLC got its start.
Commercial Street vintage furniture and clothing shop Gypsy Girl Junk moved across the street; Equality Healthcare LLC expanded; and authorized Apple product retailer Simply Inc. (OTC: SIM) relocated its sole Springfield store.
A retail spot for The Pie Box bakery opened; a Republic couple entered the restaurant industry; and west Springfield gained a medical marijuana dispensary.
Specialty grocer Filipino Market LLC opened; the Republic restaurant for national pizza chain Domino’s moved; and personal trainer David Poland expanded into Christian County.
The Rountree neighborhood gained a flower shop; drive-thru coffee shop Chance of Sno & Coffee Co. LLC launched in Nixa; and a former over-the-road truck driver transitioned into a new career path.
Nixa gained a fishing retail shop; Springfield attorney Terry Tolbert and Realtor Kat Tolbert added a real estate brokerage to the market; and the $9 million CoxHealth Ozark “super clinic” opened.
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Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
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Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.