“Ready. Set. Give.” is a seven-part series that helps companies create a culture of giving. “The best, most efficient way a company can help is just start that conversation,” says Esther Munch with Harmony House. Munch says if a business wants to become more involved in giving, they can host events, display information in their lobby, or send educational information in customer invoices. This is sponsored content.
- - Many businesses struggle to cultivate a culture that gives back to the community. Time and money never seem to stretch quite far enough but there are a lot of different ways to get involved. Sometimes, you just have to get a little creative.
I'm Candy Letterman with Arvest Bank and I'm here with Esther Munch from Harmony House. We're here to share a few ways you can start giving back. Esther, can you share what you believe the most effective ways for companies to get involved in our communities are?
- The best, most efficient way a company can help is just start that conversation, such as setting out information in the lobby, hosting events, putting a sticker in your window, sending educational information in pay stubs or in customer invoices.
- Those are definitely some helpful ideas. Esther, can you tell me a little bit about Harmony House now?
- In the US, one in three women and one in seven men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. That's a number we've got to change, so at Harmony House, we provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence. We believe that all people have the right of a life free of abuse. It is our goal to continue to advocate for change that will lead to a lifestyle free of domestic violence.
- What a great cause. So how can someone get involved if they want to support Harmony House?
- We're always looking for donations like household supplies, clothing, toiletries, children's items, and we can also use volunteers in meal preparation, maintenance, and our administration office. And there's several other areas as well.
- At Arvest, we're taking the lead in the iCare campaign for our sector, asking financial institutions to take the competition out of the equation and put community back in.
Revival 98 opened a dispensary; the 101st store for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. debuted; and Collectomaniacs card shop consolidated two stores in a move.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.