While Springfield is still a top city for Hispanic entrepreneurs, it dropped 22 spots on a list published this morning by personal finance website WalletHub.com.
For the list, 60 points of a possible 100 focused on Hispanic business-friendliness, with categories including share of Hispanic-owned businesses, entrepreneurship rate, average growth of revenues and startups per capita. The other 40 points counted toward Hispanic purchasing power, including affordability, income growth and job security.
Springfield scored 49.19 overall, placing No. 36 in Hispanic business-friendliness and No. 106 in Hispanic purchasing power, according to the release.
The Queen City’s individual metrics include:
• No. 1 in average growth of Hispanic businesses, 2007-12;
• No. 6 in average monthly rent for office space;
• No. 6 in Hispanic population growth;
• No. 10 in Hispanic job security;
• No. 11 in corporate tax rate; and
• No. 17 in small-business loans per total number of small businesses.
The top city on the list, for the third year in a row, is Laredo, Texas, with an overall score of 64.69 out of a possible 100. It was followed by No. 2 Pembroke Pines, Florida, at 63.6; Corpus Christi, Texas, 61.02; Miami, 60.34; and San Antonino, Texas, 59.84, according to the release.
Of the other two Missouri cities on the list, St. Louis ranked No. 59 with a 49.25 score and Kansas City placed No. 84 with a 46.44 score.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
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.