Life moves fast for Amy Blansit. In the last few years, she founded a nonprofit wielding $1.5 million in grants, launched an award-winning startup, began teaching college courses and earned her doctorate.
The Drew Lewis Foundation Inc., named after Blansit’s late husband, benefits families facing poverty in the northwest side’s Grant Beach Neighborhood.
Blansit’s company Solely Jolie, which produces makeup cleaner, was accepted into The eFactory’s accelerator and won the Spin66 startup competition last year.
Blansit also teaches health and wellness classes at Missouri State University, and earned her doctorate in health sciences in December 2017. She’s also one of Springfield Business Journal’s 12 People You Need to Know in 2018.
When did you realize you had grown up? Just last week when the nonprofit I started was sent insurance cards for two full-time employees - and it is quality insurance coverage. That’s legit adulting.
What is your best productivity hack? Asana. It is our company virtual whiteboard. I can manage Solely Jolie, Drew Lewis Foundation and MSU class tasks all in one place.
What did you learn the hard way? Managing a team. Motivation, work ethic, personalities – all have to be considered when creating and driving a team.
What historical figure do you identify with most? Jane Addams – mother of social work, women’s rights and poverty advocate. She got her hands dirty.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.