8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Emily Church, Everything Kitchens
Emily will share with us how the oldest child of nine children started a kitchen gadget website with $500 when she was 19 years old and now has 24 employees, over $13 million in annual sales and a commitment to giving back. Emily demonstrates that you can learn new skills as you need them and that faith and hard work can take you where you want to go.
9:45 – 10:40 a.m.
Breakout Session 1
Loa Freeman, SuccessNaturally, Inc., Harnessing the Energy of Change
Sally Hargis, Ozarks Coca-cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Navigating the Family Business
Sally’s grandfather came to Springfield in 1920 and purchased the Electric Bottling Company and the family is the original Coca-Cola bottler in our region. Sally has wonderful experiences to share about being a woman in a traditionally male dominated field. Hear how she has navigated that territory and as Vice-President for Corporate Strategy, has been able to put her own ideas to work. Additionally, Sally is a wonderful role model for leveraging business and community leadership and has left her mark on Springfield, as well.
Christine Daues, Granolove, Go a Different Direction and Live Your Dream
After many years in broadcast journalism, Christine got bitten by the food bug and created Granolove and now manufactures granola. Hear how she inventoried her talents and combined them in a way to do a complete 180 degree turn with her career and business. Christine uses a social business model to run her business—hear how she is juggling it all.
Debra Yeager, US Bank, How to Have a Great Banking Relationship
What to expect, how to prepare, and what it takes to create a successful banking relationship.
10:55 - 11:50 a.m.
Breakout Session 2
Meghan Chambers, Staxx/Jellybeans, Don’t Stand Still, Keep Your Business Evolving
Meghan reinvented Staxx, emphasizing online business and changing locations. Then she added Jellybeans to her portfolio—more evolution! Hear how Meghan uses unique marketing techniques and true entrepreneurial spirit to grow and keep her businesses fresh.
Nancy Erickson, Edward Jones; Debbie Fisher, Shirley Franklin Realtors; and Karen Parry, New York Life,
Running Your Own Business Within an Established Network
This panel of successful women will share their story of how they knew they wanted more and reinvented themselves to get it. They will share their evaluation process to choose their opportunity and the advantages of the training and support available to you when you run your own business within large, established networks.
Rayanna Anderson, SBTDC; Jason Graf, SCORE and Crowdit; Chris Rozier, Chamber of Commerce; and David Jerome, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Local Resources Panel
Entrepreneurs in the Springfield region are well supported—but sometimes it is hard to know where to start and what is available. Hear what is available to you from the leaders of agencies and organizations whose missions are to serve entrepreneurs and small business.
Loa Freeman, Success Naturally, Harnessing the Energy of Change
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Sandy Edwards, Crystal Bridges Museum
Sandy Edwards and her husband spent their careers in university development. When she lost her husband, she was completely immobilized and had to reinvent herself. Alice Walton asked her to help her develop Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas, which has become the premier art museum in the world focusing on American art. Sandy’s story of reinvention and transformation will inspire all of us.