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“There was never a plan and there still isn’t a plan, but it’s somehow going according to plan."
—Eleanor Taylor of Prairie Pies, on founding her business

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Leading Ladies: Beauty salon adds to Strafford’s street of women-owned businesses

Beauty Bar Hair Salon is the newest female-owned business on the central stretch of retail for the town of roughly 2,100 residents. But it’s hardly the only establishment on the street run by a woman.

Passion & Plan: Entrepreneurs say embracing a vision brings ideas to fruition

Conventional wisdom says a successful startup requires a clear sense of purpose.

Business Spotlight: Restaurant Lifer

Gilardi’s owner nears three decades in the food service industry.

Open for Business: Black Lab Coffee Co.

A Galloway Village coffee shop changed hands for the second time in as many years; Jiapeng Lu and Yuming Han opened Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine; and John and India Visser became first-time business owners with the opening of Hero Ride Shop.

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It Began With A Hobby

Andrew VanZyll describes how his side-gig, Grimbeard Leather, began several years ago. He says it really started with something that he considered a spare activity and has become his side-hustle.

Turning Point

Oftentimes it takes a while before your sidegig starts rolling. Barak Hill gives his experience slowly seeing his business improve, and how he used his connections and reputation to gain more clients. Barak Hill is a local professional musician.

Customer Discovery Tools

Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.

Investing in Springfield: The Renew Jordan Creek Project

Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.