Ozark-based Big Whiskey’s was selected for $50,000 in federal stimulus funds through Greene County, bringing the grant program within $10 million of exhausting its balance.
The County Commission yesterday approved its latest funding round, with $287,243 issued to small businesses, taxpayer-supported entities and an educational institution, according to a news release. The commission now has given the green light to $24.4 million of the $34.4 million in funds it must allocate by year's end, or risk the monies going back to the federal government.
The Big Whiskey's restaurant chain was the largest recipient in the small-business category. The company received funding for payroll at its three Springfield restaurants and its eatery in Republic.
In the county's latest grant round, the Springfield Downtown CID was the next highest, with a $17,000 grant for outdoor seating at downtown restaurants, according to the release.
The commission also gave the OK to $154,143 in grants for taxpayer-supported entities, such as $85,010 for the Brookline Fire Department, and $3,600 for Lil Owls Child Care in the education category.
An independent panel of judges selected the recipients for the honor of Top Doctor, and chose additional professionals in four other fields: administrator, nurse, technician and therapist.
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.
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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.
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.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.