The Springfield Business Journal Economic Growth Survey is an independent, marketwide economic pulse of our business leaders and community members that empowers you to make vital business growth decisions. H2R Market Research is independently conducting the survey to provide you timely, informative, and exclusive insights.
Information from the surveys will be presented in a series of forums held from July - October 2021.
Location: Alamo Drafthouse
Time: 7:30-8:00 am Check-in and Networking; Forum begins at 8:00 am and will last approximately 2 hours
REMAINING FORUM SCHEDULE
Forum 5: Capital; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
The role of banks as a source for business capital is increasing - and the role of family and friends with cash to invest. Personal saving and angel investors are less often used. How are the trends in financing ventures changing and how will that impact your capital needs?
Forum 6: Decision-makers' Outlook ; Ticket $40 Purchase here.
The strength of a vibrant community is directly connected to its business leaders. Learn what owners, CEOs and presidents of local companies are thinking to handle the economic headwinds and create new opportunities.
Speakeasy, more event space are next on tap for development.
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.