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COVID-19 Coverage: Nonprofit Concerns

Lynne Meyerkord, executive director of the AIDS Project of the Ozarks says the pandemic has forced them to make a lot of changes. She says their federal grant money is currently secure, but she’s …

Author and Consultant Rosie Ward, Ph. D., says the “firms of endearment” are breaking the mold by nurturing culture and investing in employee training and well-being. Focusing on purpose over profit shows …

Daniel Ogunyemi, learning, development and inclusion partner with Burrell Behavioral Health, says many have questions about diversity and inclusion. He says a challenge is establishing a shared …

Brian Fogle, president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks says being able to help others who are hurting is his motivation in the midst of disruption. He says the beauty of the outdoors brings …

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says community outreach is critical to organizational culture. He says doing the right thing builds engagement …

Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association says they spent their pandemic downtime reimagining their events. He says they’re planning for holiday events, but they will …

Eddie Gumucio, organizer and founder of the Queen City Shout Music festival says he did a lot of research before moving the event online. He says they extended the festival to a week to accommodate …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says solar, wind and other renewable energy sources will be vitally important as we go forward. He says they’ve prioritized renewables because …

Lucas Walker, says business today is the same game with new rules. Walker, with independent consultants Mary Overbey and Damion Trout says now is the time to be flexible, evaluate what works and …

Richard Ollis, CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, says he wishes there was a handbook for living in a pandemic. Ollis recommends treating others with grace, appreciation and maybe we’ll develop new ideas …

Brian Fogle, president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks says they have pivoted to focus on recovery oriented issues. He says many nonprofits have a higher demand for services while …

Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association says it’s going to be a long road to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. He says there are several indicators showing people …

Jamie Thomas, vice president of Prosperiti Properties, says their mission statement is to help the communities they serve to prosper. They’re partnering with several nonprofits to help people with …

Technology business consultant Mackenzie Scherer says many small business owners don’t understand the need for a business website or social media. Scherer says there are three steps to establish an …

Since Justin Larkin hasn’t been able to perform publicly because of the pandemic, the singer-songwriter has been writing new material. Larkin says he’s excited to be creating new music in his …

Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, says performance based culture helps build an environment which fosters employee strengths, identifies talent gaps and creates …

Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, says they’ve adapted the Taste of SoMo event to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Though the event can’t be held on the …

Jordan Morgan, iOS engineer with Buffer, says challenges in working remotely are loneliness and blurring of lines between home and work life. He says coworking spaces allow you the flexibility to do …

Independent consultants Mary Overbey, Damion Trout and Lucas Walker discuss the concept of wartime versus peacetime philosophy for CEOs. They say the pandemic has threatened businesses into operating …

Joe Daues, CEO of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks says they’re developing a unique partnership with a local sorority chapter. Daues says the chapter has opened up new possibilities with …

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