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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Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.