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Opinion: How businesses can plan for unknown

Banker Byron Pierce has post-pandemic steps to consider.

Arvest's Summer Massey says "a common misconception about an exit strategy is that it's there to set a hard and fast deadline to force you out of your business."

Drury's Sara Khorshidifard says that "done well, the design of our built environment can represent our places justly, rightfully and inclusively."

MSU's Nichole Busdieker-Jesse says "current trends have shoppers look closer at the labels and marketing so they are more informed about what they are eating."

Banker Jason Whitesell says "it's paramount that lenders and farmers develop relationships for the long haul."

Columnist LaDonna Greiner recommends "walk and talks."

Columnist David Raney: "Ongoing investment in physical and virtual infrastructure is critical to ensuring patients have access to the health care services they need."

Columnist Marlene Chism: "Hundreds of books have been written about succession planning, but there’s one skill set often overlooked when it comes to leadership advancement in health care: Conflict capacity."

Columnist Andy Peebles discusses possible changes under the new administration.

Columnist Lynne Haggerman details "changes businesses must be aware of in order to modify policies and procedures to ensure compliance and conduct management training."

Columnist Shannon McMurtrey: "Amid all the news about the pandemic and the presidential transition in recent weeks, it was easy for many to miss the most significant cybersecurity story in years."

Ollis/Akers/Arney adviser Cameron Black says "employees are more engaged, motivated and loyal largely due to their organization's giving approach."

People Centric CEO Don Harkey says "nonprofits need to embrace they idea that they are a business that pays less taxes."

Wealth adviser Paula Dougherty has seven steps to consider.

Certified financial planner Kenny Gott outlines the investment.

Springfield Contractors Association's Megan Short says "communicating your preferences early on will allow a contractor to plan ahead."

Author and consultant Marlene Chism says "in health care, listening is an essential skill for making decisions, resolving conflict and shaping culture."

People Centric's Don Harkey: "The complex nature of health care creates some natural cultural issues that do more than impact morale."

Drury's Kevin Kropf: "Reaching 17- and 18-year-olds with an authentic story that resonates with them has never been easy. Now, add a pandemic and subsequent widespread economic uncertainty to the mix, and you have a vexing dilemma."

Columnist Ryan Baker: "However you slice the pie, there’s enough business for all and we can all refer work among each other so that business owners get the best level of the service they need."

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