Lori Rook, owner of Ozarks Elder Law, considers 2018 a year of transition and growth for the 6-year-old firm. It added its sixth office at year’s end in Marshfield, preceded by the August departure of former partner Jessica Kruse after she was elected as Christian County Associate Circuit judge.
Rook served as campaign manager for Kruse. It’s one of many services she’s provided to others in her 13-year career as an attorney, which includes pro bono counseling and preparation of estate documents for people through Legal Services of Southern Missouri.
She’s also currently in Leadership Springfield and serves on the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce board.
What is your proudest moment? Graduating law school with a 6-month-old.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? I am focusing on the legal needs of our elderly population. So many are homebound, confused, alone and overlooked. Many are even victims of financial and physical abuse.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? None. I have three kiddos to get ready and out the door!
Have you ever met a celebrity? Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice.
What app gets you through the day? GroupMe. My kids are involved in so many sports and activities and this helps me stay in the loop with teammates and coaches.
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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.