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Aaron Elliott and his partner thought it might be difficult to build a team that shared their vision for F8 Training and Situational Self Defense. He says they were lucky to find an instructor whose …

Brent Cochran says he spent six months researching e-commerce before launching Al’s Pals Pet Place. Cochran says he spent hours most evenings after work learning how to overcome various …

Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, says they have several partners that help connect entrepreneurs and small businesses to helpful resources. Worley says it’s …

Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he likes to ask if he’s being consistently challenged because it inspires him. Marshall is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2020 12 …

Anne Baker, co-owner of several local restaurants, tells features editor Christine Temple about growing up poor, growing up as a first generation American and how she views her childhood after …

When Aaron Elliot’s business partner approached him about starting a self-defense school for women, he decided they needed to pursue a different concept. Elliot, co-owner of F8 Training and …

C.C. Guice, owner of A Wench in the Gear, says it took a leap of faith to quit her day job and pursue her passion. Guice says her significant other gave her the confidence she needed to go all …

C.C. Guice, owner of A Wench in the Gear, says when the pandemic halted fashion orders, she fell back on an earlier product. Guice says adapting the masks she used to make for anime conventions …

Steve Kelly, senior vice president with Arvest Bank, says Michael E. Gerber’s book, The E-Myth Revisited was a real paradigm shifter for him. He says the book provides critical insight into the …

Andy Drennen, founder of Blend For That says they’ve been very selective about building partnerships. He says it’s important to find partners who share your vision and sense of community. Drennen …

Taylor Otwell, CEO of Laravel, started his company as a way to prototype ideas, but ended up releasing the application to the world. Now others use it to build their businesses. Duration: 1:16

Jamie Tillman, owner of Canna Bliss, was denied permits to open five medical marijuana dispensaries in the Springfield area. She says the financial loss was devastating but she intends to regroup and …

Andy Drennen, founder of Blend For That says it’s important to have contingency plans. When supply chain issues caused shortages of ingredients and packaging, they used their current inventory to …

Life coach Ann Leach says she’s adapted a technique from working as a therapist to help business clients. Inserting, “until now,” in a sentence helps open your mind to the opportunity of …

Andy Drennen, founder of Blend For That, had a number of projects in the works when the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on his plans. He says finding ingredients and packaging for his teas has been …

The COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down for life coach Ann Leach. With her speaking engagements cancelled, Leach says she’s looking to build a Patreon site and selling spirit dolls she …

When singer-songwriter Justin Larkin had gigs cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, he decided to see it as an opportunity. Larkin is spending his downtime with family, staying positive and …

Entrepreneur Amby Lewis says she’s cutting back on the number of events she hosts for the 2020 calendar year. She says this will let her focus more on finding quality speakers for each session and …

Entrepreneur Amby Lewis says it’s important to show support for local businesses and events on social media. Lewis says liking. sharing and commenting on posts can increase awareness and help a …

Christina Ford, president and founder of The Rebound Foundation, says she used to constantly shift roles between work and home life. Another young mom told her she designated certain days to her …

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