It’s a common theme among this year’s fastest growing companies. Change. Technology, regulations and consumer supply-and-demand require companies to adapt and innovate. And that’s why you see these companies in Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 Dynamic Dozen. They listened to their clients’ needs and wants, and rallied their employees to make strategic changes.
You’ll recognize several of these companies are returning to this stage, but more than half of them are newcomers, leading with Hurts Donut Co. at No. 1 with an impressive 457 percent revenue growth in the past three years.
Another thread in the success of these companies is the strength of their employees. That’s why we’re also recognizing five top employees in southwest Missouri.
Growth can be difficult to navigate, but these companies have shown it can be done across industries. Congratulations to all the honorees for their tireless efforts to better their companies and our community.
—Christine Temple, Features Editor
SBJ interviews the owner of David Potter Agency Inc.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.