The American Institute of CPAs issued a certified public accountant license to KPM CPAs & Advisors staff accountant Ross Wiseman, as well as an intermediate single audit certificate to CPA and supervisor Sarah Burrows. The audit certificate goes to auditors with three to seven years of experience performing single audits in compliance with the latest federal requirements. Both Wiseman and Burrows provide audit services to KPM clients in the nonprofit and governmental industries.
The Junior League of Springfield, Missouri Inc. awarded Larra KeethAlford and Chelsie Wilburn the Building Better Communities scholarship for $500 each in the 2019 school year. KeethAlford is currently working toward a bachelor’s in social work with a minor in psychology at Missouri State University. Wilburn is scheduled to receive an associates of arts in behavioral sciences in fall 2020 from Ozarks Technical Community College.
Three Ozark School District employees and one volunteer were honored during the Ozark Community Awards. Randi Jo Miller of Ozark North Elementary received the Helen Hawkins Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year; Dean Ulrich of Ozark High School earned the Karen & Dennis Miller Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Becky Barrett, a high school custodian, was named Support Staff of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year went to Kristi Broussard, who has volunteered at least one day a week in the Ozark Middle School Library for the past five years.
Edmonds Dental Prosthetics Inc. owner Steve Edmonds received the 2019 Laboratory Member of the Year Award during the National Association of Dental Laboratories annual meeting in Las Vegas. Edmonds took over the practice from his father, Bob, in early 2017, and his dad died a year later. Steve Edmonds has worked at Edmonds Dental Prosthetics for 35 years.
Integrity Home Care + Hospice named Janet Weber as director of strategic partnerships. As head of the Springfield business development team, she works with high-value partnerships for service across the continuum of care for individuals in the region. Weber also works directly with health systems and post-acute care providers in skilled nursing, assisted living, hospitals and rehabilitation.
The Branson Fire Department named Heath Hudson as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year, citing his work organizing the Scott Firefighter’s Challenge. Also receiving awards were Nathanael Jones for the 2018 Engineer of the Year, Cpt. Kelly Eidson for the 2018 Cpt. of the Year, Cpt. Clark Bogle for the Training Division Award, Cpt. Jason Bruck for the Technical Services Division Award and firefighter Chris Ely for the Fully Involved Award.
Missouri Realtors announced Kirk Hewitt as an honorable mention recipient of the 2018 Missouri Good Neighbor Award at the organization’s January business conference. He was recognized for providing emergency home repairs to qualifying, low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners through the Realtors Helping People program, of which he chairs. Hewitt has raised $150,000 for the program’s recipients and provides emergency home repairs to nearly 20 households per year.
U.S. Cellular named Russ Cullins manager for two stores in Springfield. He has worked with U.S. Cellular for eight years.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder