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.
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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.