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Stay True to Your Core Mission
Mike Coonrod, sbjLive Producer

Stay True to Your Core Mission

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Michael Buttacy, Executive Director of Ozarks Teen Challenge says they have turned away funding because the potential partner wanted them to change their policies and procedures. “We’ve actually turned that type of funding away because it really drifts away from who we are,” Buttacy says. He likens it to how Harvard and Yale began as seminaries, but have changed into research universities. Buttacy says Best Buy adapted to stay relevant by moving away from CDs and movie sales and started selling appliances. Stay in your wheelhouse. Buttacy is a Springfield Business Journal 2019 40 Under 40 honoree.


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