Debbie Shantz Hart is the owner of Housing Plus LLC and served as the 2016 chairman of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. She sat down with us to discuss the importance of community involvement over a couple drinks at Red Room at Flame.
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 awards honor the hard work and dedication of companies and individuals in 417-land. These winners are lifelong learners, risk-takers and leaders in their fields. Read on to learn about these tip top techies.
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 after candidate from an array of highly qualified nominees, we chose these four fearless women who stood out from the rest. This year’s Women Who Mean Business are four dynamic professionals who are confidently leaving their mark on the 417-land business scene.
By: Savannah Waszczuk | Photos by: Chuck Travers | Art Direction by: Heather Kane Styled by: worth new york | Shot On Location At: Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
There’s nothing traditional about Departika, a digital marketing and design company, and that includes the company office on Commercial Street. The business launched in 2006, originally inside of Randy Bacon’s Monarch Art Factory. In fall 2011, the team bought its current digs on C-Street. Step inside the modern industrial office full of quirky, fun decorations.
Mary Ann Rojas began her role as the director of Workforce Development for the City of Springfield in June 2013. In a nutshell, she connects jobs to people and people to jobs—a task that will hopefully become even more common since the new Missouri Job Center opened in December 2016. We asked her about the new center, challenges in the market and plans for the future.
By Savannah Waszczuk | Photo courtesy City of Springfield
Humble beginnings, pivotal moves, innovative ideas, Ozarks values and even near-disastrous mistakes pepper the backstories of six local companies that just won’t quit. Take an inside look at how they’ve become unstoppable.
As director of client services at The Alchemedia Project, an advertising agency headquartered in Springfield, Stephanie Hart uses digital calendar systems and programs to keep her clients and her team members in constant communication. Read on for her advice on choosing a system.
By Savannah Waszczuk | Photo courtesy The Alchemedia Project
After years of feeding 417-land, Paul Sundy and his team are beginning to franchise his popular restaurant, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, by carefully selecting markets and investing in more infrastructure.
You don’t have to be Wall Street’s next big thing to be a target for a merger or acquisition. One local expert shares insights on making the transactions go smoothly and what to expect after negotiations.