February 6th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments »
I had an extraordinary day last Friday. I had the opportunity to meet with three
people who had ideas for new businesses—two students with really interesting
ideas and one highly qualified community leader leaving the corporate world to
start a consulting practice. The opportunity to be privy to people’s dreams and aspirations is a role I don’t take lightly. It’s a privilege to have a
front row seat when new ideas are hatching. In each case, I was able to connect them with someone or something that will help them make the next step—a result of having lived in Springfield for 38 years, 17 years of which have been spent at Drury University. Deep connections throughout the community through professional and volunteer work allow me to pick up the phone and set up a meeting for someone or get some advice. It truly takes a village to hatch new businesses—and this village we call Springfield is a good place to be. Our entrepreneurial spirit is strong, everyone roots for the home team, so to speak. I’m feeling the shift in attitude from “when will this recession end?” to “here’s what we plan to do”. I’m feeling like 2012 will be a good year for business in Springfield, Missouri. As you grow your ideas or already established businesses, take advantage of the resources Springfield offers. Attend learning and etworking opportunities and give back where you can. We are the village that entrepreneurs need—let’s all work to make it a good one. Have a great 2012.
All my best, Kelley Still