Ollis/Akers/Arney's Karen Shannon: "In this challenging environment, employers must rethink old strategies and practices to meet today’s demands."
People Centric Consulting Group owner Don Harkey: "What if Springfield employers decided to rally around the idea of making Springfield an unusually amazing place to work?"
BKD's Jim Ashley: "Whether through headlines, data or our own personal experiences, the past two years have provided a near-daily reminder that life is fragile. We have collectively renewed our focus on the importance of time with family and friends, as well as personal pursuits."
Downtown Springfield Association's Rusty Worley discusses Ascend for Accelerating Springfield’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship, Networking and Diversity.
Missouri Small Business Development Center's Lance Coffman: "No business is immune to the affliction of uncertainty. Retaining a focus on the strategic, even when constraints force time to the tactical, allows for continued clarity and resiliency in your business."
Columnist Lynne Haggerman: "Recently, federal employment laws have been revised, clarified and implemented."
Attorney Stephen F. Aton says, “The practice of law has changed more in the past 20 years than in the past 200.”
Springfield Contractors Association board President Mark Gambon: "While it is not bad to go to college, there is much that could, or rather should, be said about going to work and learning a trade."
Ollis/Akers/Arney CEO Richard Ollis: "What’s the greatest risk for businesses and families? You’re likely using one or have one in your pocket."
Attorney Stephen F. Aton examines the burgeoning digital currency.
MSU Darr College of Agriculture's Nichole Busdieker-Jesse and Christi Sudbrock: "When thinking about the future of agricultural education in Springfield and throughout Missouri, there is inherent excitement. Who knows where this can take us?"
Springfield Sports Commission's Lance Kettering and Josh Scott: "Sports connects people to their community."
Paragon 360 CEO Donnie Brawner: "We believe that modular construction is the way of the future as it’s a solution that changes the game – whether it’s a $30,000 or $3 million project."
Certified financial planner Kenny Gott: "Be proactive about pulling together the right experts for your unique short- and long-term financial strategy."
Attorney Andy Peebles: "Why would you want to leave such important matters up to chance?"
People Centric Consulting Group owner Don Harkey: "If you are a health care worker, thank you. You are making an impact and we are grateful."
Ozark R-VI Schools' Craig Carson: "School partnerships with nonprofits, governmental agencies and industry are a win for the community, but more importantly, for the student."
Evangel's Shonna Crawford: "Ultimately, today’s new teachers need strong role models and ongoing support."
MAM Executive Director Michael Eaton points out "some immediate areas of focus that manufacturers will want to pay attention to."
BKD's Dan Prater: "As this region continues to grow, we need well-prepared leaders who can guide the organizations that do such important work for our community."
Read the profiles of this year's honorees.