One in three workers in the drug recovery field leave their job each year. But at Ozarks Teen Challenge, the average length of employment is seven years.
“This longevity comes from being empowered to do their job with excellence,” Executive Director Michael Buttacy says, who has directed the nonprofit since 2015.
Under his leadership, Ozarks Teen Challenge has reorganized under a new 501(c)(3), doubled its financial reserves and increased charitable giving. A capital campaign he created has raised over $650,000 to date.
But it all comes down to the young men served, Buttacy says.
“To see our students move from being angry, defiant, self-destructive and unforgiving … to experiencing joy, love and reconciliation, makes my job the best job in the world,” he says.
What about your job would shock people? The crazy stories you see on TV about people dealing with addiction, driving drunk and making reckless decisions? They call us after the story airs wanting help.
What is your best productivity hack? Happy people get more done.
What was your professional aha moment? I got a phone call from a young man that graduated my program. He told me his best friend was dead from an overdose. I realized the success rate of our program is irrelevant if it’s not 100 percent.
Have you ever met a celebrity? Jennifer Connelly is my cousin. So there’s that.
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.