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Hal Donaldson

SBJ's 2022 Lifetime Achievement in Business honoree!

Event Date: July 28, 2022

Location: Oasis Convention Center

Time:   5:30 pm

Ticket sales are closed.

In addition to our Lifetime Achievement in Business award, we will be honoring the following individuals and businesses.

  • Business Advocate - Arvest Bank
  • Charitable Nonprofit - Pregnancy Care Center
  • Philanthropic Business - Larson Heating, Air & Plumbing
  • Community Involvement Champion - Meleah Spencer of The Kitchen Inc.
  • Entreprenuer - Meg Wagler, visual artist

The following companies will be honored for their impact on the local economy. Top honors in each category will be announced at the event.

  • 1 - 7 years - A hip joint; Buf Architecture Studio LLC; Next Level Solutions
  • 8 - 15 years - Burgess Aircraft Management LLC dba OzAir Charter Service; Hurts Donut Co.; Phoenix Home Care & Hospice
  • 16 - 29 years - Environmental Works Inc.; Pearson-Kelly Technology; Toth and Associates Inc.
  • 30 - 74 years - Central Bank of the Ozarks; Citizens Memorial Hospital; The Kitchen Inc.
  • 75 + years - CoxHealth; Mercy Springfield Communities; The Bank of Missouri


Every year, we ask our readers to nominate companies and individuals for honors in categories including Lifetime Achievement in Business and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nomination Deadline:  Nominate for 2023 now!

Nominate a company

Nominate an individual

Each nominee is put through an independent judging process. The top three finalists are profiled in the special publication in July, with the winner in each category announced at the annual banquet. The culmination of the evening is the announcement of the annual Lifetime Achievement in Business honoree, also selected by the outside judging panel.

Economic Impact honors are awarded in five categories based on years in business. 

Nominate a company that has a strong impact on the local economy.

In addition, the event will honor businesses in the following categories:

  • Charitable Non-Profit of the Year
  • Philanthropic Business of the Year

Nominate a company in one of these categories

Individuals in the following categories:

  • Community Involvement Champion of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement in Business

Nominate an individual in one of these categories

Business or Individual:

  • Business Advocate of the Year

Nominate a company

Nominate an individual

Click here to view past honorees.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy Egger: . 


Hal Higdon


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