The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 3: Talk with Dr. Nancy O’Reilly

Editor’s Note: Post written by Robert Henley, general manager of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Today was our last day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I sat down to speak with Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, who also was on this trip, about her experience. Below are her responses. Continue reading ‘The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 3: Talk with Dr. Nancy O’Reilly’

The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 2: Children’s Feeding Initiative

Editor’s Note: Post written by Robert Henley, general manager of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Nov. 20, 2014

Convoy of Hope’s school feeding program began in April 2013 with 400 children and two schools. Today, it feeds 1,200 children in six schools. We toured two of those schools today and had the opportunity to help feed the children and spend time with them. Continue reading ‘The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 2: Children’s Feeding Initiative’

The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 1: Convoy of Hope empowering women

Editor’s Note: Post written by Robert Henley, general manager of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Nov. 19, 2014

My first encounter with Convoy of Hope was immediately following the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011. After the compassion I witnessed from Convoy firsthand, I knew this was an organization that was close to my heart and the heart of my CEO, Jacquie Dowdy. I have been able to participate in several events: Restore Fest Joplin, Running with Convoy, and working with my team from University Plaza Hotel to pack food and supplies monthly at Hands of Hope. I also traveled to Haiti for a Hope Experience trip in 2012 and now the Hope Experience Ethiopia. Continue reading ‘The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 1: Convoy of Hope empowering women’

Dynamic Earth sale presents case study for when and how

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorMatt O’Reilly presents a good case study for knowing when and how to sell a business. Continue reading ‘Dynamic Earth sale presents case study for when and how’

What is your doughnut doppelganger? Deep wants to know

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorIf you were a doughnut, what kind of sugary goodness would you be?

The executives at Springfield’s Deep advertising agency have asked that question in a campaign this year that has gone viral. Continue reading ‘What is your doughnut doppelganger? Deep wants to know’

FD’s Grill House of magical wonder

Brian Brown, Reporter
The words just flow off the digital page: “Jared Enterprises,” “being constructed,” and “nearest location.”

So intriguing.

How about this line: “The restaurant’s menu would feature a range of blackened, fried and grilled fish options, as well as steaks, burgers, ribs, pies and salads.”

Continue reading ‘FD’s Grill House of magical wonder’

Chamber’s Anderson to start new job July 7

Brian Brown, ReporterOutgoing Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Anderson told the Springfield Business Journal yesterday he plans to release an announcement next week about a new position he’ll be taking after he leaves the chamber. Continue reading ‘Chamber’s Anderson to start new job July 7′


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