Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.
Building confidence is not something that happens without difficulty. Amby Lewis, Founder and CEO of A Girl Like Me network, sits down to talk about the life skills training they do with young girls. Their mentorship program lasts 18 weeks and has a step-by-step process to break down barriers and help young girls grow.
Emily Laurie, owner of Onie and Sky, says leveraging deals with online influencers has paid off well for her company. She gravitates toward online communities with missions and brands that she loves and works with them to sell her product. Laurie says she does most of her advertising on social media.
Tara Bielinski, vice president of strategic initiatives and population health at Phoenix Healthcare, while caring for her mom identified a gap in health care that inspired the CareWell program. CareWell brings back the “doc in a bag” to help patients gain comprehensive primary care at home. This is sponsored content.
Jeff Eiserman, a senior risk advisor at Ollis/Akers/Arney, says the first priority in preparing for unexpected disaster is shoring up your financial house. In addition, Eiserman says vetting your suppliers, and making sure you have a diversified supply chain is a sure way of getting through difficulties like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Callie Carroll says the different jobs she has held over her career have given her more assets than she would have had with a cookie cutter resume. Now the vice president of business development and a shareholder relations officer at Old Missouri Bank, Carroll says those experiences make her more dynamic. Callie Carroll is a Springfield Business Journal 2021 40 Under 40 honoree.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.