Columnist Francine Pratt unveils ways to develop loyalty among employees.
Features Editor Christine Temple highlights the role of placemaking in the city.
Columnist Mark Holmes: "The downfall of mass retail, in my view, began over 30 years ago."
Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl unpacks some $19 billion in disaster funding approved by Congress.
SBJ Web Editor Geoff Pickle says a change is needed at the top for Facebook.
Columnist Ellen Rohr: “Sure, there are a lot of things an owner can do that will lead you to wild success. Just as important, however, are the things you shouldn’t do.”
Editor Eric Olson selects the best student housing that money can buy in the city.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst calls on legislators to send help.
Editor Eric Olson pens columns highlighting the best of the Springfield area.
Jeff Childs, the chamber's 2019 board chairman, brings home observations from Jefferson City.
Columnist Francine Pratt: “We know that with the high demand on talent, individuals change jobs more frequently than historically.”
Columnist Bennet Bodenstein samples four selections from Left Coast Estate.
Columnist Mark Holmes: “If no one seems to know what’s going on with the customer’s issue when they call, it creates friction.”
Springfield creativity is on tap in a new ad from Mother’s Brewing Co. Web Editor Geoff Pickle takes a close look.
Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl applauds lawmakers for bills impacting rural areas in the Show-Me State.
Columnist Bennet Bodenstein picks out some beverages to try as the selection floods the marketplace.
Burrell CEO C.J. Davis discusses the topic as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
For modern training, columnist Ellen Rohr merges YouTube and written manuals; she says both have a place.
Features Editor Christine Temple unpacks the Mayor’s Commission on Children’s latest Readiness for Kindergarten study.
Columnist Francine Pratt: “Employers have been attracting local and global leaders to Springfield for quite some time. Retention rates are enhanced when new leaders engage with and network in the community.”
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
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.