The Springfield Business Journal Economic Growth Survey is an independent, marketwide economic pulse of our business leaders and community members that empowers you to make vital business growth decisions. H2R Market Research is independently conducting the survey to provide you timely, informative, and exclusive insights.
Information from the surveys will be presented in a series of forums held from July - October 2021.
Location: Alamo Drafthouse
Time: 7:30-8:00 am Check-in and Networking; Forum begins at 8:00 am and will last approximately 2 hours
REMAINING FORUM SCHEDULE
Forum 3: Demographic Shifts; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
Thousands of people are moving into the region each year, but is it enough to meet business demands? The newcomers are diverse and pay is increasing to attract minorities. Springfieldians are thinking and acting differently - how so and what does it mean to business?
Forum 4: Market Development; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
While brick and mortar real estate braces for potentially seismic change post-pandemic, there are opportunities in connectivity like never before. Springfield will soon be a gig city. Trails connect us to the outdoors and other communities. And developers are leaning into affordable housing, tourism and placemaking. Let's talk next-generation potential.
Forum 5: Capital; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
Forum 6: Decision-makers' Outlook ; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
One ticket to each of the remaining four forums. Includes coffee and a light breakfast. $140. Purchase your tickets here!
Executive Editor Christine Temple discusses Harmony House’s iCare movement.
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.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, recounts how he took over the business from his father. He encourages business owners to do their best. Despite being in business for over fifty years, Steve says not every decision he made for Crosstown Barbecue worked out.