State Rep. Crystal Quade has the floor when it comes to debate over issues impacting the 37,000 Springfieldians she represents in District 132. As a freshman legislator, Democrat Quade didn’t waste any time building strategic relationships on both sides of the aisle, which she was able to leverage in a successful vote to restore funding cuts for seniors and people with disabilities needing in-home health care. Although the governor vetoed the bill, Quade continues to do what she does best: find solutions. When not in session, Quade can be found speaking at formal engagements, in college classrooms or at events like the Women’s March to encourage people to be involved in the governmental process.
What was your professional aha moment? When I walked into the Missouri Capitol for the first time, I realized I wanted to be a public servant. I was a senior at Missouri State University.
What is your best productivity hack? Coffee.
What did you learn the hard way? You will never be 100 percent ready for anything in life.
Top secret alias if you worked for the CIA? J.F. Slay was my roller derby name.
Have you ever met a celebrity? Only elected officials: Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, several U.S. senators and a few governors.
What app gets you through the day? Snapchat. Politics can get intense and we need some goofiness throughout the day.
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.