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2017 Person of the Year: Amy Blansit

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.

Biz 100 2017

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.

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Why Digital Monitoring Products Invested in an Employee Health Clinic

Why Digital Monitoring Products Invested in an Employee Health Clinic

Digital Monitoring Products is making employee health a top priority by offering a family clinic to employees and their families.

15 Realities of Being a SWMO Small Business Owner

15 Realities of Being a SWMO Small Business Owner

417-land business owners share the unique and all too real aspects of entrepreneurial life. Advertisement with Estal Insurance & Financial Services Inc.

What Missouri’s New Discrimination Laws Mean For You

What Missouri’s New Discrimination Laws Mean For You

Discrimination in the workplace not only threatens your employees but also could cost your business big bucks in the form of a lawsuit. Tim Ricker, an attorney specializing in employment law at...

By the Numbers: Springfield Branson National Airport

By the Numbers: Springfield Branson National Airport

For the third consecutive year, the Springfield-Branson National Airport is on track to break its record of total passengers in a single year. We asked airport spokesperson Kent Boyd about some...

Hard Won Business Lessons from a Restaurant Pro

Hard Won Business Lessons from a Restaurant Pro

With eight restaurant openings under his belt and more than 16 years in the industry, Angel Kim is a culinary force to be reckoned with. He shares what it takes to continually innovate concepts for...

How Three Local Business Owners Started Their Companies Before Turning 30

How Three Local Business Owners Started Their Companies Before Turning 30

Starting a business is tough for anyone, but jumpstarting one early in your career comes with its own challenges. How can you make it big as a young entrepreneur? For the answer, we turned to three...

4 Tips to Successfully Launch a New Project

4 Tips to Successfully Launch a New Project

Have a new project to launch or manage? NK Shrivastava, CEO of Refine M, a project management consultant company, offers strategies he says all businesses should follow.

When and How to Approach a Rebrand

When and How to Approach a Rebrand

Changing your image takes a lot of time and money, but investing in a rebrand can lead to more customers and a look you love.

Advice & Whiskey with Geoff Steele

Advice & Whiskey with Geoff Steele

When Geoff Steele took the reins of the historic Gillioz Theatre, he was taking over a treasured Springfield landmark—one that had gone through some very public financial difficulties. Steele has...

Dan Reiter’s Career Ladder

Dan Reiter’s Career Ladder

Dan Reiter's climb to the top of his career is nothing short of a grand slam.

Dr. Katie McElvaine’s Office Mixes Modern Medicine with Antique Pieces

Dr. Katie McElvaine’s Office Mixes Modern Medicine with Antique Pieces

Dr. Katie McElvaine was working in a clinic two years ago when she decided to open her own practice with her husband, Scot. Springfield Family Vision optical boutique shows off her design concept...

3 Tips for a Better Conference Call

3 Tips for a Better Conference Call

Just because you have your phone on mute doesn't mean you're following proper conference call etiquette.

Community Partnerships Work to Improve Workplace Wellness

Community Partnerships Work to Improve Workplace Wellness

Formed in 2011, the Healthy Living Alliance aims to unite the community in the common goal of improving health.

How to Start a Parental Leave Program at Your Company

How to Start a Parental Leave Program at Your Company

Although parental leave isn’t mandated, it might be the perk that can help your business attract and retain workers.

How Martin’s Floral & Home Décor Embraces Change

How Martin’s Floral & Home Décor Embraces Change

When it comes to running Martin’s Floral & Home Décor, the Martin family sticks to proven business strategies with one notable exception: they aren’t afraid to change.

Holiday Giveaway Brings BluCurrent and the Community Together

Holiday Giveaway Brings BluCurrent and the Community Together

BluCurrent Credit Union’s Holiday Charity Giveaway is an initiative the whole community can like

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Our Holiday Gift Guide for Colleagues and Clients

Our Holiday Gift Guide for Colleagues and Clients

Show your colleagues and clients how much you appreciate them with these gifts they can keep using all year long.

How Local Tech Companies are Bringing Faster Internet to Your Office

How Local Tech Companies are Bringing Faster Internet to Your Office

We break down gigabits and megabits to get you up to speed.

Get Your Life on Track with Fantastical 2

Get Your Life on Track with Fantastical 2

As the lines between home and office blur, it’s harder to keep track of piling appointments, reminders and tasks. A bevvy of apps can harness your calendar, but the latest release from Michael...

Why Office Impressions Doesn’t Use Client Contracts

Why Office Impressions Doesn’t Use Client Contracts

Clients expect quality results from a commercial cleaning service, but Office Impressions co-founder Suzanne Nims learned it takes more than spit and polish to build a successful janitorial business.

Reborn Co. Grew from Four Wholesalers to 50 in One Year

Reborn Co. Grew from Four Wholesalers to 50 in One Year

Patty and Carlton Johnson expected Reborn Co., an all-natural, hand-poured soy candle company, to be a part-time job during retirement but it quickly became bigger.

EllieTek Owners Kali and Patrick Bowman Learn as They Go

EllieTek Owners Kali and Patrick Bowman Learn as They Go

The creators of EllieTek elaborate on their new business venture stemming from their daughter's health condition.

Building Trailer Perk Coffee and Gaining Momentum

Building Trailer Perk Coffee and Gaining Momentum

The Perks and Pitfalls of a mobile business.

Four to Follow with Cora Scott

Four to Follow with Cora Scott

The director of public information and civic engagement for the City of Springfield, a self-proclaimed social media junkie, shares her favorites.

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Biz 417's Biz 100 Party

Biz 417's Biz 100 Party

Biz 417 honored the most influential business leaders in southwest Missouri at the Biz 100 Party presented by Corporate Business Systems. Hosted by Reliable Lexus. November 17, 2017. Photos by...

Biz 417's B-School: A Conversation with Amy Blansit

Biz 417's B-School: A Conversation with Amy Blansit

Biz 417's B-School: A Conversation with Amy Blansit. Sponsored by Elite Mercedes and Essential Strategies. Hosted by Andy B's Entertainment Center. Photos by Brad Zweerink.

November Speaker Series 2017

November Speaker Series 2017

November Speaker Series: MetaMythic. The eFactory. November 30, 2017. Photos by Brad Zweerink.

Blue Ribbons & Red Flags 2017

Blue Ribbons & Red Flags 2017

The Network's Blue Ribbons & Red Flags community focus report. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks. November 29, 2017. Photos by Brad Zweerink.

Rosie Turns One!

Rosie Turns One!

Rosie turns one. The eFactory. November 6, 2017. Photos by Brad Zweerink.

Glass Hall Grand Re-Opening

Glass Hall Grand Re-Opening

Glass Hall Grand Re-Opening. Missouri State University. October 26, 2017. Photos by Alex Solomon.

Bright Ideas Tech Faire 2017

Bright Ideas Tech Faire 2017

Tech Faire: Bright Ideas. Missouri Spirits. November 3, 2017. Photos by Brad Zweerink.