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“For the comic book work, though I find it the most enjoyable, it’s also the most challenging in regards to actually getting paid,” says Michael Frizell, graphic novel author and Director of …

“It’s very important for me to prioritize and that’s kind of how I get through each day is prioritizing, setting a list of things for me to do,” says Austin O’Reilly, Owner and Founder of …

“You have to fail to succeed. It takes multiple failures to arrive at success,” says Shanda Trautman with Old Missouri Bank. Trautman says marketing isn’t a one-stop shop where developing your …

Mickey Moore, CEO of Tomo Drug Testing, says there are times as a business owner when you must wear every hat. Moore also says, if you surround yourself with great people, who are better than you at …

What would you change if you could go back and re-launch your business? “There was one thing I thought would have been awesome,” says Jennifer Leonard, Head Brewer at Tie and Timber Beer Company. …

“It was a hard decision. I owned a law firm and my law partner and I were successful. We had a good practice,” says Jessica Cruse, Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3 in Christian County. Cruse …

David San Paolo, co-owner of Redneck Nutz, says their goal is to add employees and grow their business. Redneck Nutz is now working with a distributor who does business in eight states. “It’s a …

Gregg Scholtens, Executive Vice President for Nabholz Construction in Springfield, Missouri, says the construction industry as a whole lost many craftsmen during the 2008 recession. “I think we …

Fazoli’s Franchisee Jamie Jacobsen and his wife Donna, have wanted to help local not-for-profit organizations since they started 24 years ago. Jacobsen says they also learned the their guest …

Brenda Jackson, Director of Business Development for Grooms Office Environments says one of the most satisfying things about being an entrepreneur is seeing the effect on her sons. Jackson, who owned …

Tom Jennings, who co-owns TommyHawks Axe House with his wife Kacey, says veterans bring a lot of the values instilled in them by military service to civilian jobs. Jennings says employers can benefit …

Ultimately, I was trying to do everything myself — owner, chef, grocery shopper, all of the titles that generally small business owners have — I was trying to do it all,” says Katie Baker, …

Before you invest in technology invest in yourself. This is the advice of Rick Grayson, 42-year golf pro veteran and 2018 SBJ Men of the Year honoree. He says, when he started he would travel to …

“Everybody’s like, ‘Ooh, technology.’ Technology makes us more efficient. I’d rather be more effective first, and then worry about the efficiency,” says Jeremy Clopton, owner of What’s …

You have to train constantly if you want to stay ahead of the competition says Rich Callahan, General Manager of Air Services Heating and Air Conditioning. Callahan says customer service training is …

“I’ve always been an adventurer and a risk-taker with business and trying different things — even within my own business, I would try different paths,” says Brenda Jackson, Director of …

“A common misconception is that structural engineers are only needed from the initial design phase of a building,” says Travis Miller, Owner and Senior Structural Engineer with Miller …

It is critical for leadership to set the tone and values for an organization and reflect that in their hiring practices, says Kelly Lee, Business Program Manager on the Infrastructure Team at …

“I think if one doesn’t make mistakes, they’re not learning,” says Rob Keck, Chairman of the Board at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Keck believes most successful people …

 Katie Baker, owner of The Gracious Plate, says she started her locally-sourced, meal-prep business at the worst possible time. Baker opened in January when there wasn’t much variety of locally …

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