Published March 1, 2013
Tags: #FLOTUSsgf, First Lady, Let's Move!, Michelle Obama, Neighborhood Market, Obama, Springfield, Springfield Business Journal, Wal-Mart, Walmart
When the official hashtag for the day is #FLOTUSsgf, you know it’s going to be a long day in the office.
I first “met” Michelle Obama when she introduced then presidential candidate Barack Obama before a crowd of more than 10,000 supporters at Parkview High School during his 2008 campaign stop. Continue reading ‘The first lady in the Queen City’
Published January 30, 2013
Tags: Bistro Market, Competition, downtown, food, grocery, grocery store, Hy-Vee, Price Cutter, Springfield, Springfield MO, Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Walmart
Mark your calendars for Feb. 11. This is the day a public hearing will be held on Bentonville, Ark-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s plans to bring a fifth Neighborhood Market to town. Continue reading ‘Waiting on Wal-Mart’
Sometimes, I worry that my job has made me too suspicious of the world around me. As a journalist and an editor, not only do I find facts for reporting the news, but I also question the facts and scrutinize them carefully to make sure that they’re correct – and that they make sense in the bigger-picture scheme of a story. It’s difficult to accept many things at face value, because I want to know the who, what, where, when, why and how. My newsroom colleagues and I have been accused at times of questioning everything – and that’s OK, because we do.
At other times, I’m also thankful for my questioning nature, because it comes in handy in terms of not being taken advantage of by unscrupulous people who, unfortunately, are a fact of life. Continue reading ‘Maybe there really is no such thing as a dumb question’
Published March 9, 2012
Tags: Billionaire, Billionaires, Forbes, Gabe Newell, Games, Gaming, Kroenke, money, Rich, Steam, Valve, Valve Corp., Valve Corporation, video games, Walmart
It’s rare that my passion for video games crosses over into the realm of my day-to-day business reporting, but a recent bit of news involving Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Bellevue, Wash-based software firm Valve Corp., has allowed me to mix it up. Continue reading ‘Making billions in video games’
Not long before school started, my 8-year-old daughter reminded me, out of the blue, that Christmas is just a few months away. At the time, I thought, “We’ve got to get ready for back-to-school. Who’s thinking about Christmas?” Continue reading ‘Why is Wal-Mart really bringing back layaway?’