Matthew Simpson has spent his entire career in higher education – currently as Ozarks Technical Community College’s director of research, strategic planning and grant development. His experience leading extensive community listening sessions and focus groups for OTC helped prepare him for a role on the governor’s Innovation Task Force. “This allowed me to work with leaders across the state on identifying a roadmap for attracting new startup firms, as well as supporting the growth and retention of existing firms,” he says.
Simpson knows startups, having previously co-founded Five Pound Apparel LLC.
Simpson, a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 33, is board president for Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and member of the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s board of trustees. He also recently filled a vacant seat for Springfield City Council.
What was your first job? A baseball and softball scorekeeper for the Springfield Greene-County Park Board. Getting paid to watch games and eat concession food was a pretty nice deal as a teenager.
What is your best productivity hack? If you know that a task will have to be repeated frequently, invest time upfront to design a process or automation that can complete it.
What did you learn the hard way? No matter how hard you work, you can’t increase the number of hours in a day. Be willing to delegate and prioritize.
This drive-thru coffee shop is the third Scooter’s Coffee franchise in the Springfield area.
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.