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Amby Lewis, founder/CEO of A Girl Like Me Network, says volunteers are critical to nonprofits. Lewis and AGLM treasurer Kelly Routh are recruiting members to staff events, organize committees and …

Chelsey Bode, president of Pearson-Kelly Technology says they espouse the concept of work life integration as opposed to balance. She says they don’t mind when employees take time for family as …

Brent Cochran says he spent six months researching e-commerce before launching Al’s Pals Pet Place. Cochran says he spent hours most evenings after work learning how to overcome various …

Jordan McAdoo, software engineer with StitchFix, tells features editor Christine Temple she loves the creativity and problem-solving areas of her job and why she’s passionate about getting women …

Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, discusses changes in employee attitudes about working remotely. She says while some are anxious to return to the office, others are …

Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she works a lot and enjoys it. McCleary says she hopes delegating more responsibility to employees will increase time available for …

Daniel Ogunyemi, college director of diversity, equity and inclusion for OTC says he’s realized it’s critical to spend time listening to others. He says whether you agree or disagree, you will …

Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, says they have several partners that help connect entrepreneurs and small businesses to helpful resources. Worley says it’s …

Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says they experienced a decrease in bookings because people are fearful of contracting COVID. She says they’re looking forward to spring and summer to host …

Independent consultants Mary Overbey, Damion Trout and Lucas Walker say remote work has changed many aspects of business. Some employees see it as a benefit while employers are weighing the …

Patrick Little, co-owner of 22 Sierra Coffee Company, says they outsourced their social media management to promote consistency in content. Little says themes are important, but they can see a …

Katherine Trombetta, spokesperson for the Missouri Job Center, says the pandemic has created new challenges for recruiting employees. She says many have moved to conducting interviews virtually or …

Cristian Rath, consultant with Abacus CPAs, LLC, says integration is key to his work life balance. He says support from family and his employer help him ensure that his career and family are getting …

If you’ve had problems with video conferencing, there are plenty of other apps you can try. Technology business consultant Mackenzie Scherer recommends using Messenger Rooms or Webex, depending on …

Aaron Schekorra, public health information specialist with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, talks about the steps employers need to take if they learn an employee has been exposed. …

Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he likes to ask if he’s being consistently challenged because it inspires him. Marshall is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2020 12 …

Abby Glenn, development director with Habitat for Humanity, says the pandemic forced them to focus fundraising efforts on campaigns rather than events. She says they’re doing a virtual gala this …

Anne Baker, co-owner of several local restaurants, tells features editor Christine Temple about growing up poor, growing up as a first generation American and how she views her childhood after …

When Aaron Elliot’s business partner approached him about starting a self-defense school for women, he decided they needed to pursue a different concept. Elliot, co-owner of F8 Training and …

Abe McGull, attorney at law, says he and his wife have started biking during the pandemic as a new, healthy habit. He says taking time away from work helps him refresh and often provides a new …

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