Jennifer is the publisher of Springfield Business Journal. Her mother founded the company in 1980, and Jennifer’s first job at the journal was in high school helping typeset copy. But assuming ownership of the paper was not her long-range plan. She was working toward a career in higher education administration when her mother asked if she’d like to learn the business. It was a move that challenged Jennifer, leaving the structure of higher education for the uncertainly of running a small business, but she hit her stride and today calls her employees her family. That’s a feeling she fully understood after the death of her husband in 2019.
A pair of area medical colleges that received state grant funding in the fall are now investing the funds toward technology and new programs with the intent of attracting more students to the nursing profession.