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Invest in Your Own Professional Development

“You have to invest in your own personal and professional development, and that helps you stay relevant, stay on top of things that are trending, topics that you need to know about to be more …

“Baby Boomers, in particular, we get our identity or at least a large part of our identity from our work,” says Greg Burris, with Give 5 and United Way of the Ozarks. Having a retirement plan in …

Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, says it’s easy for builders to get work, but hard to find the manpower needed to staff job sites. “There’s a lot of good people, …

Erica Lea Hendrix, owner and lead designer at Erica Lea Design Studios, graduated from college during the recession and couldn’t find a job in her field. She worked as a nanny until she found an …

“You have to really have control of your distribution and also who is actually selling,” says Vera Gibbons, managing member with Baby Foot. Gibbons says they sold more than 60,000 units their …

“Startup capital is always a challenge, especially being African-American entrepreneurs, we don’t have a network we can pull from,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell says she and …

Brandon Goodwin, co-founder and executive producer at Blend, says being successful with a creative business requires you to use both sides of your brain. While being committed to developing your …

Judy Hadsall, President and CEO of Multipli Credit Union, says she started in banking as a teller, but knew she wanted to get into commercial lending. She says her former boss, Rex Johnson, was …

Brandy Hickman, owner of 2B Well and Living Light with Brandy Lane, says one of the most important lessons she can share is to ask for help. “It is about getting the support that they need, …

Are you using social media to build your professional brand? Claire Sakaoka, owner of engage5w, says LinkedIn is a good tool for the job. She says writing blogs on your profile will illuminate areas …

“Your ability to act quickly and efficiently is really your biggest advantage when you’re competing in industries with large players,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Without big investments …

“A lot has to be done within 72 hours,” says Keke Rover, Director of Ambassadors for Children. School enrollment, court dates and finding daycare are several issues a foster parent must …

Thomas Douglas, President of JMark Business Solutions, says when you’re running a small business, you have to learn to discern between good sources of revenue and clients who steal your energy. …

Dr. Jose Dominguez, surgeon with CoxHealth, says when presenting an unfavorable prognosis, you must demonstrate a positive attitude for the patient and family. “The main thing is, when you deal …

Carrie Richardson, Executive Director at Leadership Springfield, says they build their board with the same model they teach. Using the CliftonStrengths development model, it allows them to tailor …

“The challenging thing that I found with a team is ensuring engagement. That is really difficult,” says Angela Frantz with Ultimate Software. Frantz says we use visual cues to communicate and …

Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University, says there are many variables to consider in defining success. You could have a goal in mind that you never meet, but you may have …

Jamie Kinkeade, owner of The Studio and The MVMNT, says many clients who moved away from Springfield told her they missed her gym. She responded by starting an online fitness studio. She hired a …

Wayne Dipper, Chief Operating Officer and co-owner at KPM Technology, says you must remember that anything you post to social media can come back to haunt you. “I know for a fact that before I ever …

Jenn Darden, Marketing Manager for Russell Cellular, says they know they’ll never be the biggest retailer, so their goal is to be the best. “ So our motto and as a company, everything we do is …

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