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Meet the Maker: E.B. Latheworks

Meet the Maker: E.B. Latheworks

From a shop outside his home in southwest Springfield, Eric Johnson is transforming wooden blocks into shaving accessories and decorative pieces, designed with the collector and the everyday man in...

Best Board Members 2016

Best Board Members 2016

Springfield's top business leaders are bursting with passion to improve their community, and the most determined of them channel that passion into roles as board members. When we set out on a quest...

Meet The Maker: The Wingman Harness Company, LLC

Meet The Maker: The Wingman Harness Company, LLC

Dr. Chris Spinellli, co-founder of The Wingman Harness Company, LLC, wasn’t going to let mobility issues hold his daughter back from an active childhood, so he leveraged his military and medical...

The Disruptors

The Disruptors

Springfield’s entrepreneurial community is churning out great ideas faster than you can blink and disrupting the norm with skyrocketing start-ups. We’ve highlighted five of the best...

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What Women Want

What Women Want

In today’s fast-paced economy, juggling a job and a family can be challenging. Learn how business owner Sheri Hawkins is incorporating children into her company’s culture and redefining what it...

A Star-Studded Workspace

A Star-Studded Workspace

Chris Louzader is the Production Manager at Opfer Communications where she oversees and coordinates all of the firm’s projects from pre-production to delivery. However, she is perhaps better...

All in the Family

All in the Family

For some 417-land families, an entrepreneurial spirit runs in the genes. The Haik family’s knack for starting, purchasing and running businesses began with Joe Haik’s Dry Goods Company in 1937...

Saving Lives with Soap

Saving Lives with Soap

One man’s pet peeve has become a company-wide effort to help prevent some of the millions of hygiene-related deaths each year.

Next Gen: Men's Suit Mart

Next Gen: Men's Suit Mart

Switching locations from downtown Springfield to the Brentwood Center isn’t the only change Men’s Suit Mart has undergone over the years. Store founder Sandy White passed ownership to his son,...

How To Solve Your Identity Crisis

How To Solve Your Identity Crisis

When you’re an entrepreneur, it’s easy to jump at any opportunity to make it big, but when your focus is spread across several businesses, you’ve got an identity crisis. Follow GigSalad CEO...

 Behind the Design: The Wingman Harness Company, LLC

Behind the Design: The Wingman Harness Company, LLC

If you’ve ever looked at a product and wondered, “How did they do that?” we’ve got the answers for you. Dr. Chris Spinelli, co-owner of The Wingman Harness Company, LLC, walks us through...

Next Gen: Harter House Strafford

Next Gen: Harter House Strafford

Brad Bettlach, owner of Harter House’s Strafford store and manager of the Kimberling City location, is stepping into leadership and bringing three generations’ worth of family wisdom and...

Advice Served Neat With Randell Wallace

Advice Served Neat With Randell Wallace

Randell Wallace is Partner In Charge of the Springfield office of Lathrop & Gage, and he’s gotten there thanks to a lot of hard work and years of guidance from some great mentors. He’s sharing...

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Fast Food, Faster Profits

Fast Food, Faster Profits

When you bite into a burger, you usually don’t think about labor costs, sales revenues or food inventory.

Start Up: MedPak

Start Up: MedPak

The Integrity Pharmacy is reinventing how we take medicine.

Q&A With Panda Laundry factory

Q&A With Panda Laundry factory

Eight years ago, Samson Yi was living in Los Angeles studying to be a lawyer. While helping his father run American Inn Elite in Springfield one summer, he rediscovered his childhood love of doing...

Start Up: Springfield BackOffice

Start Up: Springfield BackOffice

When entrepreneurs wear all the hats in order to get their businesses off the ground, they limit their potential for growth. Local resident Josh Spurlock tackles this problem with Springfield...

Purists: Keeping it Classic

Purists: Keeping it Classic

We all love technology for making things quicker, newer and more efficient. These 417-land businesses, however, squash the modern day way and are staying old-school. We call them purists.

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Biz 417 B-School Breakfast: The Disruptors

Biz 417 B-School Breakfast: The Disruptors

Biz 417 B-School Breakfast: The Disruptors. February 11, 2016. Andy B's Entertainment Center. Photos by Brad Zweerink.