Home improvement supply wholesaler ProSource Springfield opened Jan. 4 by husband-and-wife franchisees Pat and Chris Foglesong, of Kirksville. The business, which sells flooring and kitchen and bath supplies, fills roughly 9,800 square feet at the 2745 S. Kansas Expressway building previously occupied by Jump Mania LLC. It’s the first ProSource store in southwest Missouri and fourth in the state, according to its website. The Foglesongs, who also operate Carpet One Floor & Home in Springfield, declined to disclose startup costs and lease terms with building owner Kansas Plaza 1 LLC. ProSource Springfield Manager Linda Merkling said the store employs six and works with trade professionals, such as contractors, remodelers and interior designers working on home improvement projects. Merkling said ProSource and Carpet One are brands of CCA Global Partners Inc.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and by appointment
XPress Tax and Health
After nearly two decades operating Jenkins CPA LLC in Nixa, owner Heather Jenkins added a division of the firm Oct. 21 in Springfield. Xpress Tax and Health operates in the Plaza Shopping Center at 1948 S. Glenstone Ave. Spokesperson Mason Jenkins said startup costs were around $10,000 for the venture, declining to disclose the three-year lease rate with Springfield Properties LLC. He said Xpress Tax and Health primarily handles tax return preparation for individuals but also offers financial planning and free assistance with Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance applications. Jenkins CPA, in business since 2001, continues to operate at 204 Village Center St., in the Jenkins Executive Center.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
MaMa Jean’s Natural Foods Market LLC
The flagship store for MaMa Jean’s Natural Foods Market LLC is in larger space at 228 W. Sunshine St. after relocating Dec. 26. It moved to Sunshine Corners, just a few blocks from 1727 S. Campbell Ave., where MaMa Jean’s first opened in 2002. The Campbell Avenue store closed Dec. 12 to prepare for relocation to the 14,400-square-foot space in the shopping center across the street from Bass Pro Shops. Spokesperson Amber Wilkerson said the new store renovation and relocation costs were around $650,000. Co-owners Susie Harbin-Kawamoto and Diana Hicks are on a 14-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Maples Properties LLC, she said. The move follows the March 2020 closure of MJ’s Market and Deli, 900 E. Battlefield Road, Ste. 140. MJ’s moved into the new store to serve as its deli operation. Manager Lauryl Wagoner leads the 25-employee store. MaMa Jean’s operates two other Queen City stores, at 1110 E. Republic Road and 3530 E. Sunshine St.
Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
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Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, discusses an issue she sees in how business is presented to young women. She says because social roles are different for men and women, women can be led to expect an unrealistic work-life balance as business owners.
Randy Bacon, a longtime professional photographer based in downtown Springfield, says preparation before making big decisions helped him transition between important stages in his life. He says his big decisions were ultimately a big leap of faith.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.