Columnist Mark Holmes: “There’s an axiom that says when people are always agreeing, there’s a good chance only one person is doing the thinking. That’s a micromanager’s effect on people.”
Editor Eric Olson asks, when is a commercial sign too tall?
Columnist Ellen Rohr says as an owner or manager, it's helpful to remember what it's like to be an employee.
Columnist Bennet Bodenstein discusses his eye-opening experience with wine glasses.
The Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson says it “was a bad year for government-failure deniers.”
SbjLive CEO Mar’Ellen Felin responds to the news from Pyramid Foods.
Francine Pratt delivers the latest in her Prosperity Checkpoints series.
Real estate wins in the race to see what readers want most, says Editor Eric Olson.
Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl discusses the recently passed farm bill.
Eric Olson welcomes the 12 People You Need to Know in 2019.
Is there a format for going viral? Web Producer Geoff Pickle unpacks a recent case study.
Jeff Houghton discusses a remarkably similar video from the fast-food company.
Rep. Billy Long writes about new boundary line requirements he says are adversely affecting properties in the area.
Columnist Mark Holmes says we allow customer time wasters in his latest column in the Smart Ways Series.
Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl discusses annual policy book just ahead of next legislative session.
Columnist Bennet Bodenstein tries four selections from Jed Steel.
Columnist Ellen Rohr: “Perhaps it’s time to put your shop or office in order.”
Editor Eric Olson calls on the city to adopt the flag created by the Springfield Identity Project.
Columnist Bennet Bodenstein reviews beverages for Hanukkah.
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.