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Chamber honors Small Business Award winner

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Mostly Serious LLC this afternoon received the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award.

Mostly Serious creates custom websites and digital marketing plans and recently began offering video services. The agency has 29 clients, including CoxHealth, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. and Holloway America, which was its first client.

“It was hard to imagine this moment nine years ago when we started the company,” President Jarad Johnson said after receiving the award. “I’m just as surprised as you are. We are immensely proud and honored to share this award."

Johnson founded the custom web development and digital marketing firm from a spare bedroom in his Rountree home in 2010. He’s since grown Mostly Serious to 12 full-time employees and one contract worker that operate out of a 4,500-square-foot office in Galloway Village.

Other Small Business Award finalists were:
• Air Services Heating & Cooling/All Service Professional Plumbing, which provides residential heating and air unit repairs and replacements, among other services;
• The Coffee Ethic LLC, a downtown coffee shop launched in 2007 and now run by founder Tom Billionis’ wife, Michelle, following Tom’s death in 2016;
• ESC Inc. Consulting Engineers, a 30-year-old mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering firm, as well as a provider of construction design consulting and automation services; and
• Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC, a practice launched in 2014 by Dr. Steven Loehr that offers medical services without the use of surgery or medication.

Mostly Serious is led by Johnson, Director of Operations Spencer Harris and Director of Client Strategy Lucy Howell.

Harris said the company is actively seeking to hire its 13th full-time staff member and has plans to add up to two more employees this year. Company revenues have grown roughly 40% year over year for the past two years, company officials said, declining to disclose the financials.

Last year’s Small Business Award winner was Great River Engineering Inc. Honorees are selected based on written applications reviewed by the chamber’s independent panel of judges comprising previous recipients, local business experts and volunteers of the Small Business Council, according to a news release.

The Small Business Award, established in 1992, is named for W. Curtis Strube, former director of the Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University, who advocated for small businesses and founded the chamber’s Small Business Council.


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