Jonathan Dodd and Brian Kubik started a partnership many years after they first met in grade school, finding trust to be the most critical piece to finding a business partner. The business plan for their architecture firm, Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, was developed with the idea that a client can have seamless service throughout the life of a project, encompassing architectural, interior design and engineering services.
This is sponsored content.
- - We're, I guess-- - Grade school. - Grade school friends and we went to grade school together and then Kickapoo High School and then, when we went to college, John went to KU and I went to Drury.
The struggle, I guess, is finding the right partner. In a sense, a business partner is like a marriage and so you're going to be together for the life of that business and you have to trust each other. As soon as Brian and I kind of reconnected, we kind of both knew that was gonna be it. So, he was gonna be my partner and we would eventually do a firm one day.
- There are great architecture firms that are just architects. There's nothing wrong with that. And there is some benefits to being able to go out a pick and choose who your interior designer is and who your engineer is. I mean, there's some benefits in that. We feel like we've kinda captured the best of those segments, those market segments.
- A lot of firms that are just architecture, they try to do a lot of their own interior design. We used to do that. - Yeah, yeah. - We worked with other companies. The architects were kinda responsible at the end of the project to pick the colors. - Pick the finishes.
- Or sometimes we would go hire an outside designer and they would be allowed, just at the end of the project, to pick some colors; whereas, we kind of engage our design team into the beginning stage of the project, so they're actually part of the design of the whole space.
- When somebody comes in here, there's just so much less chance of that miscommunication or the owner being concerned about it. They come here, we just, we can do it all.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
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.