An international philanthropist, author and women’s equality advocate will receive Springfield Business Journal’s annual Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.
Nancy O’Reilly was selected by an independent panel of judges to receive the honor during SBJ’s 2021 Economic Impact Awards in July. The award recognizes a career of excellence in business and impact on the community.
O’Reilly has worked as a clinical psychologist for three decades and more recently founded the Women Connect4Good Inc. foundation to further the cause of women’s empowerment. In addition to leading the social nonprofit as president, she also travels for speaking engagements and writes books on the topic. O’Reilly’s latest is “In This Together: How Successful Women Support Each Other in Business and Life,” published in 2019. Last year, she was recognized by the National Women’s History Museum with a Women Making History Award.
SBJ’s 21st annual Economic Impact Awards will present additional individual and corporate honors: Missouri Small Business Development Center as Business Advocate of the Year; O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (Nasdaq: ORLY) as Philanthropic Business of the Year; Laura Farmer, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, as Community Involvement Champion; Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Mo’s Sauces LLC, as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. as Charitable Nonprofit of the Year.
Economic impact honors also will be announced in five categories based on years in business. Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Find more information about the event at SBJ.net/EIA.
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.