Nancy O'Reilly, an author and gender equality advocate, last night accepted Springfield Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement in Business distinction at the annual Economic Impact Awards.
The founder of 10-year-old nonprofit Women Connect4Good Inc. spoke to the power of building a community behind a cause during a ceremony held at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center.
"No one gets anywhere by themselves," she said. "We're all in this together."
Established in 2011, Women Connect4Good helps women network with others and raise their status. The nonprofit fills funding requests for organizations promoting the cause, and O'Reilly often is called to speak on gender equality topics.
"The most important thing I had to do was empower myself first," she said last night.
O'Reilly's Lifetime Achievement honor came at the conclusion of the Economic Impact Awards, which were timed to coordinate with SBJ's anniversary. The business journal is in its 42nd year in operation.
During the event, emcee Jeff Seifried of Connell Insurance Inc. announced the winners of awards honoring companies for years of service.
In the category of 75+ years in business, CoxHealth took the top honor. Finalists were College of the Ozarks and Mercy Springfield Communities.
Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital was No. 1 in the category of 30-74 years in business. Central Bank of the Ozarks and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri also were honored.
For 16-29 years in business, Jordan Valley Community Health Center was the winner over finalists Abacus CPAs LLC and Pearson-Kelly Technology.
Phoenix Home Care and Hospice was No. 1 for eight to 15 years in business. Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. and Hurts Donut Co. were runners-up.
Pitt Technology Group won top honors for one to seven years in business, with Pure & Clean LLC and TheraCare Outpatient Services LLC as finalists.
The Economic Impact Awards additionally honored the Missouri Small Business Development Center as Business Advocate of the Year; O'Reilly Automotive Inc. as Philanthropic Business of the Year; Laura Farmer with CASA as Community Involvement Champion of the Year; Don Helms with Munchie Mo's Sauces LLC as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. as Charitable Nonprofit of the Year.
Profiles on the honorees will be published in SBJ's Aug. 2 print edition.
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