Let’s set the record straight.
Phoenix Home Care Inc. didn’t just release a hit single titled “Bed Pan Boogie.” Ozarks R-6 School District’s CFO Tammy Short certainly didn’t announce her candidacy for governor. And, lastly, don’t look for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc.’s newest shop in Greg Burris’ backyard.
Amid the “fake news” playfully peppered into the script by Springfield City Manager Burris, the emcee at last night’s Dynamic Dozen awards, there was nothing fake about the accomplishments of the winners.
Dynamic Dozen honors the 12 fastest-growing companies in our community, as well as five top professionals across industries.
Hurts Donut Co. was the big winner of the night, taking home the No. 1 company spot with 457 percent revenue growth in the past three years of its five-year history. Its 2017 revenue was $20.5 million, with a projection for this year at over $30 million.
Hurts Donut also won Judge’s Choice, which honors a company whose dynamic qualities extend beyond revenue to impact the community and employees.
Co-founders Tim and Kas Clegg weren’t able to accept their awards in person. But they did send a video message with partner Scott Bussard, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they just opened their 18th store.
When I interviewed Tim for this D12 issue, he shared how disappointed he was to miss the event, but explained how important it was for him to be in Colorado for his franchisees. Of course, Tim didn’t know at the time Hurts finished No. 1 on the ranked list. Either way, the dedication to his brand, employees, charitable giving and customers cannot be overstated.
Hurts Donut was one of seven newcomers to this year’s list. The others were Andy’s Frozen Custard, Bussell Building Inc., Keller Williams Greater Springfield, OakStar Bancshares Inc., O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC and Tomo Drug Testing.
CoxHealth continues its record steak of the most appearances on the list. This was its 10th year. It also has the distinct honor of being the oldest company on this year’s list. Imagine, 112 years old and still growing? Bravo.
This was my first D12 event as features editor and audience development director. If we haven’t met, I was the one tweeting away white sitting on the front row with my husband Ryon.
If you were at the event, you’ll know what I mean when I say Springfield is an incredible place. If not, I hope to connect soon and see you at an upcoming SBJ event.
As a top reason for success, many of the honorees pointed to the importance of their teams. These companies and individuals honored realize how important it is to have dedicated employees and leadership who understand and live-out their companies’ missions.
It’s an honor to have a small part in sharing these stories with you. I hope as you read the full profiles, you’ll be as inspired as I am about this community we call home.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.