Welcome to the 2015 Economic Outlook.
What can we say about the future? While no one truly knows what’s in store this year, these professionals representing 16 industries have a pulse as good as any.
With each passing year shaping the next, if these forecasts hold true, international stocks will outpace domestics, diversity will find its place in corporate leadership, “Obamacare” reforms will take form and professional service jobs will reign.
It’s not all rosy. Transportation funding will continue to decline. A stock market correction is in the works. And another recession is around the bend.
They said it. We’re reporting it.
We expect you’ll find insight, hope and hurdles to help you plan for business in 2015.
Here’s The Outlook.
-Eric Olson, Editor
Economy: Jeff Layman, BKD Wealth Advisors LLC
“International stocks are really due to have a good year relative to U.S. companies.”
Health Care: Paul Taylor, Ozarks Community Hospital
Through the settling of ACA reforms, there will be new norms established, centered on developing a medical home model for providing primary care.
Manufacturing: David Moore, Paul Mueller Co., and Jack Stack, SRC Holdings Corp.
Manufacturing sector growth through 2017, followed by a recession 2018–20.
Social Entrepreneurism: Matt O'Reilly, Green Circle Projects LLC, Farmers Markets of the Ozarks Inc. and TrailSpring Inc.
“A large market correction and continued improvement of consumer behavior – and with the excess of profits, you’ll see more and more giving.”
Education: David Manuel, Drury University
Declining enrollment will continue to challenge schools nationwide.
Law: Dwayne Fulk, Polsinelli PC and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
“Rate pressures will be high, especially for practices that are growing faster than the market, and because of increased competition, law firms will increase their marketing and business efforts.”
Insurance: Trevor Croley, Croley Insurance & Financial
“The Senate and Congress are going to figure out a way to allow employers that have maintained their health plan to renew it once again.”
Construction: Cameron Collins, Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins Inc.
The engineering firm’s annual revenue will grow roughly 10 percent.
Retail: Kathi Cryderman, Harem & Co.
“I feel a sense of vibrancy. I see it and feel it in the housing market, in furniture, clothing, accessories, shoes.”
Transportation: Becky Baltz, Missouri Department of Transportation Southwest District
“Our transportation funding is declining (and) it will continue without additional funding support.”
Diversity: Ken Coopwood, Missouri State University
Diverse backgrounds will begin to play in the economic success of the city and will help align its resources accordingly.
Government: Bob Cirtin, Greene County
“Even though we are budgeting flat in 2015, I project that sales tax revenue will occasionally increase from quarter to quarter.”
Employment: Rayanna Anderson, Small Business & Technology Development Center and the Management Development Institute
Job creation will remain key, with the largest increases in service sectors, such as professional and information services.
Economic Development: Jeff Seifried, City Council and Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
The Springfield chamber will exceed last year’s 10 project announcements.
Arts: Leslie Forrester, Springfield Regional Arts Council
Art entrepreneurship and the need for support services will continue to grow.
Tourism: Laura Whisler, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
“We do anticipate both room demand and room sales to continue to increase.”
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
This poll is not a scientific sampling. It offers a snapshot of what readers are thinking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.