BKD LLP promoted Cheryl Cooper and Chase Simmerman to senior accountant II positions and Jane Ballenger, Garrett Smith, Jill Stadler and Jenna Vickers to senior associate II posts. Cooper handles consulting and advisory services for hospitals, community health centers, and home care and hospice organizations. Simmerman is a member of the Springfield office’s hospital team. Ballenger provides outsourcing services for accounting, taxes, financial management and consulting. Smith is a member of BKD’s national financial services group. Stadler has 20 years of experience providing accounting outsourcing to for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Vickers is a member of BKD’s national manufacturing and distribution group and its higher education group.
Dake Wells Architecture Inc. added Angela Shyaka as a design associate. She graduated from Drury University with a master of architecture and a bachelor’s in art history.
Nixa Public Schools Band Director Craig Finger was awarded The John East Spirit of Orpheus Mentor Award, recognizing him as a role model and mentor for other band directors. Finger has 26 years of teaching experience and has served in leadership positions with the Missouri Music Educators Association.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development named four southwest Missouri organizations in $7.3 million in statewide awards through its Neighborhood Assistance Program: The Gathering Tree, MBCH Children & Family Ministries, Dogwood Ranch Corp. and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. The Gathering Tree will use funds for case management, referral services and housing support; MBCH plans to enhance recruiting, training and maintenance services; Dogwood Ranch in Rogersville will fund its equine therapy and youth foster programs; and BCFO will support its free screening mammogram program.
The Missouri Association of Manufacturers appointed Sherri Murrish and Jeff Cox to its board of directors for three-year terms. Murrish is the regional director of manufacturing engineering for GKN Aerospace St. Louis LLC, and Cox is a sales executive for Shapiro Metals Co. in St. Louis.
417 Magazine and Biz 417 won five awards at the American Advertising Federation’s Addy Awards. The publications won a gold award for Publication Design Editorial Feature for 417 Magazine’s “Meals for a Steal” cover story and four silver awards.
Adrienne Poulson was named manager of the Ash Grove and Willard branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She has experience as a youth services librarian at the Library Center and previously worked at the Republic branch library.
Least of These Inc. named Kristy Carter as executive director and Michelle Lindsey as operations manager. Carter is the nonprofit’s former development director. Lindsey leads the food warehouse volunteers.
The Arc of the Ozarks added Catherine Goodnight and Daniel Ogunyemi to its board of directors. Goodnight is an attorney at McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips PC, and Ogynyemi is a volunteer coordinator at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
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Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.