Kuat Racks moved Jan. 2 to a $3.5 million, 40,000-square-foot warehouse and corporate office on about 14 acres at 2240 N. Alliance Ave., near the entrance of Partnership Industrial Center West. President Luke Kuschmeader said the international, bike rack company, which employs 29 locally, more than tripled its operations size from its former home nearby on West Kearney Street. Parent company Kuat Innovations LLC, which started in 2008, formerly leased space from Rich Kramer Construction Inc., which was general contractor for the new building. Arkifex Studios LLC served as architects, incorporating bike racks indoors for employees’ use and room for future expansion, Kuschmeader said. Production work for Kuat is done in China and Taiwan, while design, marketing, warehousing and wholesale logistics are handled locally, he said.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 889-5820
Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care
Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care’s third co-branded center in Springfield began serving patients Feb. 15 at 3233 E. Sunshine St., Ste. 100. The 2,200-square-foot urgent care center filled the last available space in Sidewalk Plaza, joining neighbors Eat Fit Go Healthy Foods, Pita Pit, Jimmy John’s and Cricket Wireless. The lease terms with Raga Properties LLC were not disclosed in a news release. Mercy has partnered with Atlanta-based GoHealth Urgent Care, an affiliate of Access Clinical Partners LLC, for clinics at 900 E. Battlefield Road in Battlefield Market Place and 2150 W. Republic Road in Magers Crossing. GoHealth Urgent Care provides clerical and support staff and creates the physical space for the centers, and Mercy appoints the health care providers and nurse practitioners.
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (417) 812-8149
Branson Bank on Feb. 9 finalized the purchase of a Hawthorn Bank branch at 4675 Gretna Road and two days later converted it to the new brand. It is Branson Bank’s fourth full-service branch. Terms of the deal with Jefferson City-based Hawthorn Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: HWBK) were not disclosed. The purchase plan was announced in October 2018, through which Branson Bank took control of roughly $15 million in deposits via 900 accounts. Bill Jones is president of Branson Bank, which operates two additional branches in Branson, and one in Forsyth. It also operates a lending center in Branson West. Branson Bank has roughly $210 million in assets, according to bank officials. Its deposits were $175.2 million as of June 30, 2018, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, lobby; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, drive-thru
Phone: (417) 334-9696
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.