Children in crisis across the Ozarks have a safe place to rest their heads thanks, in part, to Millie Schuchmann. As the development coordinator for Isabel’s House, she secures funds to support the nonprofit’s mission of providing refuge to kids birth to 12 years old during family crises. In 2018, Schuchmann secured a grant to construct three new family visit rooms. She also spearheaded a peer-to-peer initiative, Parent Cafes, to help address red flags of childhood trauma.
Schuchmann is president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Region Chapter and was named Junior League of Springfield’s manager of membership-elect for 2019-20. She holds a master’s of communication from Drury University.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? Using my writing and relationship-building skills to identify solutions to complex problems our community faces.
What is your best productivity hack? To help stave off my procrastination, I give myself five seconds to resist doing something. Then it’s go-time!
What was your professional aha moment? I learned early on when I began fundraising that this career doesn’t require an extroverted personality.
What is your theme song? “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty.
What’s your most treasured possession? My first name. I was named after my maternal grandmother, who I never got to meet.
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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.