Ty Alexander of Terracon Consultants Inc.: " Buildings set the tone for how we feel about our work, homes, schools, shopping and dining experiences, and virtually every part of our lives."
Columnist Rusty Worley: "It may be the most stressful time to be an independent retailer or restaurateur since the suburban flight of the 1980s."
UMB Bank's Eric Kelley: "While some inflation is good for the economy, allowing companies to increase prices and wages, spiking inflation can cause consternation in the markets."
Ollis/Akers/Arney's Erica Gaynor: "What we are finding in the benefits marketplace is that now more than ever is the time to educate and engage your employees so they clearly understand the value available to them and their families."
The Springfield chamber's Ryan Mooney: "Workforce shortages were a challenge before the pandemic, and long-term demographic trends point to this challenge continuing for decades."
Myleah Shrimpton of Ollis/Akers/Arney: "Although I prefer to have solid solutions before bringing an issue to the table, I have come to realize my position is just as much about educating as it is advocating."
Angela Huff of BKD: "The pandemic ushered in the need to provide care in the home in ways that previously had been limited."
Brock Shamel of Cox Medical Group: "Having top-quality services, especially in health care, is crucial. It is paramount to have highly skilled providers who can offer care that is appropriate and delivered correctly."
Columnist Gary Wood: "COVID-19 presented challenges for everyone. For bankers, certified public accountants and other finance professionals across the nation, it put us on the front lines of economic recovery."
Guaranty Bank's Stephanie Rutledge: "Banks shouldn’t expect a return to historical norms, not when the usefulness of digital simplifies life so significantly."
Darr Family Foundation's Heather Zoromski: "As the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way work and life intersect, women have disproportionally been negatively impacted as they have been forced to juggle roles as essential workers, mothers and caregivers."
Americans change jobs a lot; columnist Paula Dougherty says those moves can impact the nest egg.
Sun Solar's Caleb Arthur: "Given bipartisan congressional support, approval for the federal accelerator could come by September."
The chamber's Sandy Howard outlines successes in the Missouri General Assembly's legislative session.
Read the profiles of this year's honorees.