Updated March 21, 8:50 a.m.
Journalistic integrity for Heather Lewis requires not only a heartfelt dedication to the facts but also a hearty commitment to community betterment. And she’s no slouch, supporting more than a dozen area nonprofits in striving to be a part of the community she covers. She additionally was nominated recently for a Mid-America Emmy Award, recognized with a certificate of merit for best news anchor by the Missouri Broadcasters Association and clinched the competitive promotion to evening news anchor at CBS affiliate KOLR-TV. In the new job since fall 2017, Lewis has strived to help push colleagues in reaching their professional goals by coaching newer staff members in getting acclimated to the community – covering various shifts as needed.
What was your first job? A lifeguard at the age of 16.
What about your job would shock people? It’s a common misconception, but we do our own hair and makeup.
What did you learn the hard way? Just because you fail at something, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Keep going.
How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? My kids are my alarm clock. No snoozing there!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be in more than one place at the same time.
What was your professional aha moment? The first time I executed a flawless breaking news story as a reporter.
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.