Britton Jobe is a law firm partner by day and a community advocate around the clock. Take Uber and Lyft for example. They might not be operating in Springfield but for Jobe and others pushing to amend city code permitting the transportation network companies. His next burning issue: to improve the aesthetics of the city’s front doors – the transportation routes to and from the airport and along the major highways. Jobe always has economic development on the mind.
Neale & Newman LLP named Jobe partner a few years ago. Jobe served as 2017 chairman for The Network’s Leadership Council, and in turn the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce group named him the Young Professional of the Year.
What is your best productivity hack? I’m sure I won’t be the only one with this answer, but coffee.
What did you learn the hard way? Three words: student loan interest.
What is your proudest moment? I had the opportunity fairly early in my career to argue a case before the Supreme Court of Missouri.
How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? If I set a reasonable wake-up time, zero.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Time travel.
What app gets you through the day? Twitter – news, sports and politics, all delivered efficiently with a bit of sarcasm.
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.