Online, SBJ.net provides a full spectrum of interactive electronic services and information, targeted newsletters, as well as daily and breaking business news. SBJ.net has garnered top awards from international industry trade association Alliance of Area Business Publications and from Missouri Press Association.
A yearlong calendar of recognition events, which include 40 Under 40, Most Influential Women, Men of the Year, Economic Impact Awards and many others, are among the area’s most well-attended networking opportunities. Tickets for the monthly breakfast live interview series, 12 People You Need to Know, are increasingly sought after.
SBJ’s custom publishing division produces a growing number of special publications, events targeted to the area’s business and professional community.
Mission statement and history
SBJ Publishing’s mission can be summed up in three words: Pride In Publishing. Springfield Business Journal and all its ancillary publications and services strive for continuous improvement, as well as a constant focus on reporting local and regional business news, with targeted advertising and marketing strategies to help local businesses grow and prosper.
The staff of SBJ Publishing comprises a group of professionals, experts in their fields of reporting, writing, research and editing; graphic and page design, photography and illustration; circulation sales and service; events management and production; and marketing planning, targeted advertising strategy, relationship building, sales and service.
The company’s administrative department, led by owner Jennifer Jackson, publisher and CEO, as well experienced accounting and customer service staff members, have many decades of experience and expertise to offer readers, advertisers and staff. The entire SBJ Publishing group is dedicated to community service, and each staff member participates personally as a volunteer in regional nonprofit organizations.
Headquarters of SBJ Publishing Inc. are in the Springfield Business Journal building at 313 Park Central West in Springfield’s historic and burgeoning downtown, an area which has rapidly become a center for urban living, dining and entertainment, banking, shopping and a multitude of upscale commercial and professional offices. The Business Journal’s offices occupy a completely renovated 1890s-era three-story building which was once a small hotel and pub. Every effort has been made to preserve the historic integrity of the building, while at the same time providing an efficient and welcoming atmosphere for staff and visitors.
The history of the company itself can be traced to the beginnings of the business journalism movement in the United States. In the early 1980s, local and regional business publications were springing up in major markets — a hybrid breed of newspaper and magazine formats. In fact, Springfield Business Journal claims the title of oldest business journal in Missouri. St. Louis and Kansas City business journals also began circulating later in the same year. Only SBJ remains locally owned and independent of chain operations. The content of all of its products — print and digital alike — also has retained an unwavering focus on the business and professional decision makers across southwest Missouri.
For more information about SBJ Publishing and its expanding list of print publications, events and online news and advertising services, please contact any staff member. We are all prepared to assist you.Dianne Elizabeth Osis
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Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.
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Heather Kite, owner of Rooted Deep Farms, relates how she started up her business in the summer of last year. She says it was a long journey, but she is satisfied with the choice she made.
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