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Jim and Debbie Meinsen say that after the 2020 pandemic they have seen a lot of local businesses increase in importance. They say the idea of essential workers was key to that change.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Jeramey Henson discusses what he sees as a worrying trend in his own industry. He says you can't learn to do a good job through online videos.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares current trends she sees among new technological businesses and startups. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Barak Hill discusses what he sees as the future necessity of livestreaming events as a performer. He says that even without COVID, it was the future we are moving toward.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, talks about how Springfield has changed over the years. He says he’s seen a growth in industry and the need to adapt and change to growing markets. Crosstown Barbecue celebrates its 51st year in 2021.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Emily Laurie, owner of Onie and Sky, says leveraging deals with online influencers has paid off well for her company. She gravitates toward online communities with missions and brands that she loves and works with them to sell her product. Laurie says she does most of her advertising on social media.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Did your business experience supply chain issues due to the pandemic? Jeff Eiserman, senior risk advisor with Ollis/Akers/Arney, talks about the causes and what effect COVID-19 continues to have on …
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, says while people are ready to move on, the pandemic is still affecting the workforce. She says adaptability and innovation have …
Abby Glenn, development director with Habitat for Humanity, says they’re transforming their 2021 Gala into a virtual event. She says they hope this will focus on their needs and mission rather …
John Lopez, managing member with Old Route 66 Dispensary, says the pandemic hampered progress for their business. He says equipment delays for cultivators put the dispensaries on hold because of …
While some businesses went on defense during the pandemic, Donnie Brawner, CEO of Paragon 360, chose to actively seek new opportunities. Brawner says they looked at risk mitigation, but chose to take …
SBJ interviews the interim dean at the William H. Darr College of Agriculture at Missouri State University.