Willard native Kaiti Greenwade opened Greenwade Law Firm in 2010 with her sister, Allison, and she now uses her business to give back to the community where she was raised.
Between owning her family law firm and serving as Dade County prosecutor, Greenwade helps aid many who cannot or don’t know how to help themselves.
As prosecuting attorney, she is the leader of the court’s alternative program for criminal court defendants interested in a rehabilitation program. At her firm, she often represents victims of domestic violence and provides legal services, aiming to give them the voice and strength to change their circumstances.
What was your first job? My family’s ranch taking care of cattle and putting up hay.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? Never. I have a 4-month-old baby!
What’s your most treasured possession? My two rescue dogs.
What historical figure do you identify with most? Harry Truman. He is an enviable example of what a public servant should be. “Work hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and never forget a friend.”
Have you ever met a celebrity? I met MLB players Bill Virdon and Jerry Lumpe when my grandfather, Tom Greenwade, was being inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his career as a scout for the New York Yankees.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
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.