Then: Development Director, St. John’s Community Health Foundation
Now: Owner and CEO, Tomo Drug Testing
When Mickey Moore went from dedicated career professional to business owner in 2007, he felt comfortable with the decision to purchase Employer Screening Services of Missouri – now Tomo Drug Testing. After all, his parents owned businesses and his in-laws were entrepreneurs.
But Moore says he had a lot to learn as a newbie business owner.
“The first five years was learning what being a business owner involved,” he says. “I felt like I had to know how to do everything.”
The last five years has been learning to let go. With a talented team in place, he describes his role as company visionary.
That affords him more time with his daughters, who swim competitively – one at the University of Arkansas and the other in high school at New Covenant Academy. Still an avid golfer, he also coaches at New Covenant: “It’s a great way for me to remain involved in the game while also being invested in the kids.”
Atlanta-based Chicken Salad Chick made its Springfield debut; husband and wife Garrett and Rose Cochran opened Heirloom Candle Bar; and mobile eatery Girldad BBQ LLC was launched.