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"There’s no reason you can’t make $150,000-$200,000. That’s just steady work. That’s not even hustling."
—Jeramey Henson of HM Dent Works, on wage prospects as a paintless auto dent repair technician

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From the Print Edition

Wilson’s Creek visitor center reopens

Delays push $4.5M renovation project into 2021.

Truck driver shortage could impact gas prices

Industry expects higher fuel demand to maintain throughout the year.

Business Spotlight: Smooth Operations

Partners add paintless dent repair training to storm-chasing business.

Open for Business: Victoria's Cafe and Tea

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.

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Cold Snap

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.

Can’t Put Family On the Backburner

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.

Life After PXE

Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.

Where Startups Can Begin

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.

Our Year In COVID

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.