Amber Riddle says there are few things she enjoys more than helping others and watching them succeed.
She’s able to help from her position as chief financial officer of Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., a title she earned at the age of 31. For the private early childhood education center, she’s displayed leadership skills by moving accounting functions in-house and customizing and implementing new enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management software. She says her proudest accomplishment is obtaining her MBA, a goal she set before sending her oldest child to kindergarten. Riddle serves on the advisory board for the Springfield Dream Center and supports The Pediatric Brain Foundation.
What was your first job? Dairy Queen. Within six months, I was promoted to a manager.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? The service that is provided to the families of over 300 local children, as well as over 100 local jobs. It is our goal to support families in raising successful contributors to society.
What is your best productivity hack? I carry a small notebook with me everywhere and use it to take notes, make lists or work through problems
How many times do you hit the snooze button? Too many!
What app gets you through the day? Starting and ending my day with an encouraging podcast is so helpful.
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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.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.