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Biz 100 2017

Anyone can denounce the status quo. Biz 100 honorees have the power to change it. Welcome to Biz 417’s second annual listing of the most powerful and influential business leaders in 417-land.

2017 Person of the Year: Amy Blansit

Amy Blansit’s resume includes a startup business, a community center, a nonprofit organization and a role as a professor, and she’s just getting started.

Ready, Set, Accelerate: Inside The eFactory’s Accelerator Program

The eFactory’s accelerator program at Missouri State University has changed the landscape of local entrepreneurship and established Springfield as a presence in the national startup scene. With...

Hello, Robots. How 417-land Companies are Using Automation

Many 417-­land companies are introducing robots into their offices. Are they making our jobs better or replacing us?

2017 Commercial Design Awards

10 For The Next 10

Watch out for these 10 change-makers who are carving out a new identity for 417-land.

Hudson Hawk: Groomed for Growth

In 2013, Paul Catlett and Thad Forrester joined forces to open Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop. Here’s how they grew one downtown shop into a company that’s five locations strong and growing.

Workforce Development in Southwest Missouri

While many local companies struggle to recruit workers, some organizations are facing the region’s workforce development challenges head-on. Learn about their creative solutions to attracting and...

Biz 417's Excellence in Technology Awards

Innovation relies on action, and no one knows that better than the 11 winners of Biz 417’s Excellence in Technology Awards presented by the Association of IT Professionals of the Ozarks. The...

Women Who Mean Business

We asked you to tell us about the region’s most powerful, game-changing women, and you answered with dozens of professionals who are leading the way in their fields. After examining candidate...

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