The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $750,000 grant to Springfield Community Gardens to train local veterans on farming techniques. The grant, called the Enhancing Agriculture Opportunities for Military Veterans Award, will help SGC, working with CoxHealth, in hiring five veterans for the coming year to work on the Amanda Belle’s Farm community garden planned across from Cox South Hospital. The organization also will provide organic small-scale farming techniques and hands-on training through 24 workshops for 50 veteran participants.
Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Jordan Ellis to retirement services relationship manager. He works with retirement plan sponsors on their responsibilities and helps prepare plan participants. Formerly an investment assistant, Ellis has five years of banking experience. He has a bachelor’s in personal financial planning from University of Missouri and a master’s in the field from the College for Financial Planning.
BKD LLP promoted Katie Barrett to operations manager and Meg Green, Ana Hill, Gabriele McCollum and David Schoenhoff to manager positions. A 13-year employee with BKD, Barrett manages facilities, correspondence, mail and reception. Green is a member of BKD’s long-term care team providing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement consultation. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and international business from Saint Louis University and a master’s of accountancy from Missouri State University. Hill is a member of the long-term care team providing consultation and has a bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Canyon University. McCollum primarily works with community health center clients, providing audit services. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Schoenhoff is a member of the BKD National Financial Services Group and the retail and business teams of the Springfield office. He provides tax, accounting and consulting services and has bachelor’s degrees in accountancy and business administration, as well as a master’s of accountancy and a tax certificate from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Evangel University added four faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year: Chanda Long Clayman as an associate professor in the Department of Education; Robert Eby as an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Global Church Ministries; Meghan Musy as an assistant professor of Old Testament studies; and Cory Shipley as an assistant professor of practical theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Clayman’s duties include supervising Evangel teacher candidates and serving as the school’s certification officer. She previously worked as director of teaching and learning for Ozark Public Schools and has a master’s in education from Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University. Eby also teaches master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS and serves as the director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching. He is an ordained minister and holds a master’s in contemporary theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary and a doctorate in biblical interpretation and theology from AGTS. Eby most recently served in a pastoral position with Southwest Community Church in Shorewood, Illinois. Musy teaches undergraduate theology classes at Evangel and master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS. She has a master’s in religious studies from MSU and a doctorate in Christian theology from McMaster Divinity College. Musy was previously the assistant professor of Old Testament at Southwestern University in Lakeland, Florida. Shipley is the project coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry program at AGTS. He holds a master’s in divinity from AGTS and a doctorate in ministry from Oral Roberts University. Shipley was previously a U.S. missionary from the Assemblies of God.
CoxHealth was among the hospitals recognized in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 2020 Healthcare’s Most Wired program. CoxHealth received the Quality Award for achieving Digital Health Certified Acute and Ambulatory Level 8. CHIME performs annual surveys assessing how health care organizations apply advanced and core technologies in their clinical and business programs.
Springfield Victory Mission Inc. promoted Janelle Reed to advancement director. She’s responsible for creating and implementing its marketing, fundraising and branding plan. She joined Victory Mission in 2017 as a gift processor and later became its community engagement manager. Reed holds a bachelor’s in business management from Evangel University.
Mortgage lender Paddio named Ryan Kluttz as director of production. He previously worked with First Mortgage Solutions and Veterans United Home Loans, a sister brand of Paddio. Kluttz holds a bachelor’s in business management from Kansas State University.
The National Association of Realtors named Linda Brown of AMax Real Estate as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Awards winners. The honor recognizes real estate agents impacting their community through volunteer work. Brown co-founded Eden Village, a housing development for the homeless. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for Eden Village, and Brown will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor Magazine.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
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.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.