The company offers "a six-step hiring formula that helps business leaders understand what the hiring process entails."
Jill Phillips says she started her "business coaching company to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System."
The VR company provides training where "employees can safely learn on-the-job skills in a simulated environment."
Beckie Collins wanted to "create a cleaner, more ecofriendly, beautiful scented candle that was safe for anyone with sensitive sinus issues to enjoy."
The Moving Co. has "a few key pillars that support our ability to provide unique, tailored moving and relocation solutions."
The speaker and coach helps "people reach new levels of success through practical personal development."
The company's app "connects parents to available and trusted sitters in their area through their social network."
The startup's "website provides community resource information at the click of a button."
With his music collaboration app, Seth Kitchen is participating in the Efactory’s accelerator program.
She teaches "aspiring virtual assistants how to launch their business from scratch using my signature online virtual assistant training program."
"The purpose of creating GrassRoots Love is to employ the homeless and give them gainful employment," says Larry Flenoid.
The operators of a pop-up concept plan a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Farmers Park.
Seth England says his field note journals, wallets and mason mugs are "something that nearly every person can relate to and see themselves using."
The organization works to help single moms with resources and immediate needs.
The nonprofit provides new shoes to local schoolchildren.
The company provides production services for podcasting.
The company's brand is designed "for those who primarily recreate or have goal-driven outdoor adventures on the weekends."
Ashley Tate has a goal of bringing "customers the nostalgia of great old-fashioned tastes with family and friends but with modern convenience and flair."
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.