For 22 years, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their professional and civic accomplishments and contributions.
An independent panel of judges has selected this year’s class of Most Influential Women.
They are, in alphabetical order: Shonna Crawford, Evangel University; Anjee Davis, Fight Colorectal Cancer Inc.; Dawn Day, Mercy Springfield Communities; Rachael Dockery, Missouri State University; Jody Dow, Springfield Dream Center; Rita Gurian, MyEncore Business & Professional Coaching; Kippie Kutz, The Kitchen Inc.; Allison Langford, Southwest Baptist University; Christie Love, The Connecting Grounds; Linda Merkling, ProSource Springfield; Natalie Murdock, Foundation for Springfield Public Schools; Stephanie O’Connor, City Utilities of Springfield; Krista Peryer, The Geek Foundation; Laura Robinson, Husch Blackwell LLP; Lori Rook, Ozarks Elder Law; Megan Short, Springfield Contractors Association; Terri Tucker-Wiest, Phoenix Home Care and Hospice and Tucker Resources; Rebecca Weber, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri; Viviana Writer, Prosperiti Brokers LLC; and Debbie Yonke, Republic School District.
The 20 honorees will be recognized at an October event.
SBJ has partnered with local nonprofit Women in Need for the event to raise funds and help provide resources on a needs basis to working women.
Visit SBJ.net/MIW for more information on the event.
Beauty Bar Hair Salon is the newest female-owned business on the central stretch of retail for the town of roughly 2,100 residents. But it’s hardly the only establishment on the street run by a woman.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen say that after the 2020 pandemic they have seen a lot of local businesses increase in importance. They say the idea of essential workers was key to that change.
Andrew VanZyll describes how his side-gig, Grimbeard Leather, began several years ago. He says it really started with something that he considered a spare activity and has become his side-hustle.
Oftentimes it takes a while before your sidegig starts rolling. Barak Hill gives his experience slowly seeing his business improve, and how he used his connections and reputation to gain more clients. Barak Hill is a local professional musician.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.