General contractor: Ross Construction Group LLC
Size: 23,500 square feet
Estimated cost: $1 million, per city permit
Estimated completion: September
Project description: Phase II of the estimated 150,000-square-foot Springfield Plaza retail center near West Bypass and Sunshine Street is underway, with national discount store chain Five Below Inc. signed on as a tenant. Co-developer Tom Rankin of Rankin Development LLC has said Five Below will fill about 9,000 square feet out of 23,500 square feet on the development’s west end next to Burlington Coat Factory. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective is the project architect and is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering work. Additional engineering work is provided by Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, civil; and Miller Engineering PC, structural.
Proposition S aims to bolster staffing and compensation for public safety departments.
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.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.
Heather Kite gives the reason behind the name of her greenhouse business. Heather Kite is the owner of Rooted Deep Farms.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of Minorities in Business, discusses the foundation of MIB in Springfield, and what motivated him and the other founders.
Julia King, a Branson Alderman and project manager for Healthcare performance group, shares four ideas for intentional living. King's four ideas focus on dynamic ways to respond to and prevent issues, both in workplace relationships and in productivity.
Jennifer Jackson relates memories of her mother, the founder of the Springfield Business Journal. Jennifer is the publisher of the Springfield Business Journal today.