Some 210 people turned out this morning for Springfield Business Journal’s third-annual 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
During the event at AMC Springfield 11 IMAX Theater, nine executives delivered business and life advice on a variety of topics and industries. The executives each had seven minutes to talk, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Below are samples of advice from the nine executives, in alphabetical order. The full list of the their 90 business ideas is slated to be published in SBJ’s Dec. 10 edition.
Nathan Adams, CEO of Epic Strategies LLC
Idea: If you want A+ talent, be an A+ employer.
“Know your weaknesses and surround yourself with those who can fill the gap.”
Becky Borthwick, associate circuit judge in Missouri’s 31st Circuit Court
Idea: Don’t be negative.
“They shoot the nag,” she said, referencing horses in poor condition at farms. “Don’t be the nag.”
Dr. Jose Dominguez, surgeon with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic at CoxHealth
Idea: Keep hope alive.
“When you deal with tough situations, you have to have the right leadership attitude.”
Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life
Idea: Focus on the good in people. There’s already enough negativity.
“Water the good seeds. It will naturally choke out the weeds.”
Rick Meewes, managing partner of Reliable Superstore
Idea: Surround yourself with good people.
“Everyone in life needs a board of directors. We can’t go through life alone.”
Jennifer Rothschild, speaker and author
Idea: Work to grow as a leader.
“You could get the wood chopped with a dull blade, but it’s going to be a lot harder.”
Brad Schrock, owner of Kitchenland USA Inc.
Idea: Evaluate what’s most important.
“Money isn’t the most valuable. It’s time.”
Kurt Theobold, CEO/chief strategist of Classy Llama
Idea: Explore and discover yourself as a person and leader.
“What the world really needs is for you to be who you are.”
Glenna Wallace, chief, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Idea: Recognize your uniqueness.
“Find out how you are unique and claim it.”
Arkansas-based K-MAC Holdings Corp. is bringing another Taco Bell fast-food restaurant to the Queen City.
“We’re trying to think through what does a Turkish-inspired, American Diner look like? From the look and feel to the wall decor, how do we envision this?” asks Dustin Myers. Myers and Jeremy …
Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University, says hiring qualified personnel is a big part of his strategy. “That’s a huge emphasis in terms of how I hire people,” says …
“You have to invest in your own personal and professional development, and that helps you stay relevant, stay on top of things that are trending, topics that you need to know about to be more …
“Baby Boomers, in particular, we get our identity or at least a large part of our identity from our work,” says Greg Burris, with Give 5 and United Way of the Ozarks. Having a retirement plan in …
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, says it’s easy for builders to get work, but hard to find the manpower needed to staff job sites. “There’s a lot of good people, …
Springfield Diner is on the verge of a transformation. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of Longitude LLC, show Önder their vision to turn his restaurant into Klasik Diner. Incorporating both …
Erica Lea Hendrix, owner and lead designer at Erica Lea Design Studios, graduated from college during the recession and couldn’t find a job in her field. She worked as a nanny until she found an …
“You have to really have control of your distribution and also who is actually selling,” says Vera Gibbons, managing member with Baby Foot. Gibbons says they sold more than 60,000 units their …
“Startup capital is always a challenge, especially being African-American entrepreneurs, we don’t have a network we can pull from,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell says she and …
Brandon Goodwin, co-founder and executive producer at Blend, says being successful with a creative business requires you to use both sides of your brain. While being committed to developing your …