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 2: Workforce Development; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
"Now Hiring" signs are everywhere. Employee sign-on bonuses are rising. And the rate of new jobs is outpacing the growth of the workforce. We'll talk about how businesses are adapting and staying nimble in this worker shortage without sacrificing the bottom line.
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.
Forum 5: Capital; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
Forum 6: Decision-makers' Outlook ; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
One ticket to each of the remaining five forums. Includes coffee and a light breakfast. $175. Purchase your tickets here!
SBJ interviews the owner of David Potter Agency Inc.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
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.