Local enterprise plans series of events to celebrate three decades and counting
COLUMBIA, Mo.—Thirty years ago, job searches were conducted on foot. Hands were shaken. Envelopes stuffed with resumes and references were handed over. Not so much anymore. Although the ways we find work have changed dramatically, one local company in particular has been able to constantly adapt to the shifting climate and help mid-Missourians establish rewarding careers.
This month, Columbia-based JobFinders Employment Services turns 30 years old. To commemorate, the company has events planned at its three central Missouri locations (Columbia, Jefferson City and Mexico) and will unveil a newly design website in conjunction with the anniversary.
“It’s a milestone we’re proud of because it speaks to the countless people who have contributed to making JobFinders a success over the years,” owner Anne Williams says. “To be able to help so many people find and establish rewarding careers—and so many businesses fill their open positions with quality candidates—has been a thrill. We look forward to many more years.”
Established in 1986, JobFinders Employment Services provides cost-effective staffing solutions for client businesses while affording solid career opportunities to employment candidates. Whether you seek temporary, contract-to-hire, healthcare or direct professional hiring, JobFinders is the expert source for matching the right people to the right jobs. JobFinders recruits talent for national job openings and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for four consecutive years. In 2014, JobFinders was named Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Association’s St. Louis District Office for the Eastern Missouri district.
Owned by Anne Williams, JobFinders is a Certified Women-owned Business (WBE) in Missouri, as well as a proud member of the American Staffing Association, Missouri Association of Professional Services and the Columbia, Jefferson City, Mexico and Fulton (Mo.) Chambers of Commerce.
The McDonald’s ® Restaurant in Ashland reopened its doors Thursday, July 28 after undergoing a complete rebuild this summer to improve the customer experience.
The renovations include a number of features.
The new restaurant no longer shares space with the gas station/convenience store and is a standalone location with its own restrooms.
The updated lobby features modernized seating for up to 60 guests, a dramatic increase from the 25-seat limit previously in place.
The single drive-thru lane was replaced with a dual drive-thru, which will help serve customers quicker. In the old configuration, the single drive-thru window acted as the place where customers paid for and received their orders. That single window was
replaced with three windows – one for payment, one for order pick-up and a third window for overflow traffic when orders take longer to complete, which will improve wait times.
The restaurant features a fresh and vibrant décor, a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
There are new digital menu boards, which will make for an easier ordering experience for dine-in customers.
McDonald’s ® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Ashland location is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle. It is managed by Matt Warne and supervised by Robyn Shire.
Columbia, MO – Visionworks Marketing Group has received a 2016 Communicator Award presented by The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts for work on behalf of First Baptist Church.
The work for First Baptist Church included a foldable “cross” brochure which was a part of their “Unity without Uniformity” campaign. The brochure found its success in attracting new members to the church as well as informing members of the community about First Baptist Church.
The 2016 Communicator Award competition featured an incredible pool of more than 6,000 entries, making it the largest and most prominent award of its kind.
Celebrating 21 years of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; creative services; audio production; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a dynamic, creative team who craft engaging messages and strategic plans to make a difference for clients with local, regional, national and international interests.
For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, contact info@VisionworksGroup.com or call 573.449.8567.
The McDonald’s® Restaurant at 602 E. Broadway in Ashland is excited to announce that renovations this summer will allow the restaurant to better serve the community and improve the customer experience. The store will be closed for a short period, although dates have not yet been determined.
Several updates will be incorporated into the new store, including:
- The new restaurant will be a standalone location, no longer sharing space with the gas station/convenience store. The restaurant will now gain its own restrooms.
- The updated lobby will feature modernized seating for up to 60 guests, a dramatic increase from the 25-seat limit currently in place.
- The single drive-thru lane will be replaced with a dual drive-thru, which will help serve our customers quicker. The current single drive-thru window, which acts as the place where customers pay for and receive their orders, will be replaced with three windows – one for payment, one for order pick-up and a third window for overflow traffic when orders take longer to complete, which will improve wait times.
- The restaurant will feature a fresh and vibrant décor.
- New digital menu boards, which will make for an easier ordering experience for dine-in customers.
It’s anticipated that the new restaurant will require the hiring of 20-30 additional employees.
McDonald’s® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Ashland location is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle. It is managed by Matt Warne and supervised by Robyn Shire.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Visionworks Marketing Group, an award-winning advertising and marketing agency, is pleased to announce the addition of two summer interns – Jacqueline LeBlanc and Lyubov Sheremeta – to its staff.
LeBlanc is a senior at the University of Missouri, where she is studying strategic communications at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. At Mizzou, LeBlanc’s studies focus on public relations, as well as sports and entertainment promotions. LeBlanc is minoring in Business, Women and Gender Studies, and English. Her title is “Jacq of Enough Trades.” She will assist with the social media and creative writing efforts at Visionworks.
Sheremeta is a Versailles, Mo., native and a junior at Stephens College, where she is studying Strategic Communications: Design. Sheremeta’s title is “Copy Machine,” as her primary roles this summer will be to design for Visionworks’ drip campaigns, as well as research and writing.
Now in its 21st year of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core strengths include strategic planning and consulting; branding and creative services; online marketing; audio and video production; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a diverse team of creative and dedicated professionals who work together to fashion dynamic and engaging messages for clients with interests that range from hyper-local to international.
For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, contact email@example.com or call 573.449.8567.
LOCAL ASSOCIATE PASTOR LENDS VOICE TO NEW YOUTH MINISTRY BOOK
COLUMBIA—Michael McEntyre, the associate pastor of youth, college and missions at First Baptist Church, is no stranger to citing chapter and verse. Now, he can cite a chapter of his own.
McEntyre contributed a chapter to a book titled “Adoptive Youth Ministry” by Chap Clark, who is considered one of the leading voices in youth ministry. The book was released in January 2016 by Baker Publishing Group.
McEntyre provides his expertise to a chapter titled “Thinking (Practical) Theology.” In his continuing pursuit of a doctorate degree in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary, Clark (a professor and department chair at Fuller) served as the mentor for a group of students that included McEntyre. After working together on a separate project about Practical Theology, Clark invited his protégé to write a chapter for “Adoptive Youth Ministry.”
Reaching youth has always been McEntyre’s focus. Several years ago, he says he plateaued in regard to his youth ministry work. McEntyre sought more education through Fuller Seminary, where he says he’s come to a new understanding of ministry.
“I knew there was more I needed to be doing with my students, I just didn’t know how,” McEntyre says. “Through my work at Fuller I began to understand that a framework of Practical Theology helped me to be more Kingdom-focused yet remain culturally aware of the lives of my students. The chapter in the book is about that realization and the benefits it can bring to ministry.”
“Adoptive Youth Ministry” is available now at Amazon (suggested retail price $34.99).
Founded in 1823, First Baptist Church is a historic, vibrant community of faith located in the heart of downtown Columbia. Michael’s wife, Carol McEntyre, has served as Senior Pastor since 2012. Visit First Baptist Church online at fbc-columbia.org or call 573-449-1149.
Visionworks Marketing Group helps CPS revamp look; (u)Matter poster campaign won international award in 2013
Columbia, MO (March 22, 2016) – Columbia Public Schools and Visionworks Marketing Group received international recognition in 2013 for collaborative efforts on (u)Matter, which is a social-norming initiative for area schoolchildren. Now, a new-and-improved website (umatter.us) pushes that initiative forward, with new resource portals for parents and improved mobile responsiveness.
The website is updated several times weekly with new postings and information about topics that impact students in junior high and high school, such as alcohol use, depression and social media. The campaign seeks to clarify facts about such topics and let Columbia Public Schools’ students know that most kids their age don’t engage in risky behaviors. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable resource.
The (u)Matter poster campaign was created in 2012 and received a Silver Award for Distinction from The Communicator International; the campaign promoted messages about standing up to bullying and being careful about social-media postings.
Celebrating 21 years of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; creative services; audio production; website creati0n and maintenance; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a dynamic team who crafts engaging messages and strategic plans to make a difference for clients with local, regional, national and international interests.
For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, contact info@VisionworksGroup.com or call 573.449.8567.
MARKETING FIRM POLISHES ITS ONLINE PRESENCE
COLUMBIA, Missouri—Visionworks Marketing Group, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, has unveiled an updated website, which serves as the company’s online portfolio and resource for prospective clients. Visionworks built the site, which is mobile compatible, and also builds sites for clients.
In 21 years of business, Visionworks Marketing Group has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; branding and creative services; online marketing; audio and video production; media planning and placement; and website design and hosting.
AGENCY SPONSORS PRE-BUSINESS SHOWCASE EVENT
COLUMBIA, Missouri—Visionworks Marketing Group, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, will be the Gold Sponsor for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Membership Breakfast, held at 7 a.m. on March 1, 2016.
As the Gold Sponsor, Visionworks plans to highlight the work it accomplishes with several of its clients and unveil its new website.
In 21 years of business, Visionworks Marketing Group has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; branding and creative services; online marketing; audio and video production; and media planning and placement.
Customer Service: New Year’s resolutions easier to accomplish when they involve business, not pleasure
By Lili Vianello January 8, 2009
It’s a new year now, and that means it is time for New Year’s resolutions. My personal resolutions always include things such as reorganizing my closet (and keeping it clean), taking my dogs on daily walks or promising myself that I will spend at least an hour a week doing something for me. I always start strong on Jan. 1. OK, Jan. 2. I take all my old clothes out of the closet, take the dogs for a walk and plan a pedicure date just for me. But by Jan. 7, the old clothes are stuffed back in the closet. By Jan. 20, the walks are down to weekly, if they happen at all. And by February, I’m spending less time on myself than I did the year before. It always seems to work out that way. Maybe my goals are too lofty, or maybe, deep down, I don’t have the motivation.
Business resolutions seem to be easier to keep. Maybe it’s the team of talented professionals here at Visionworks that helps me keep them all. Or maybe it’s because I know that keeping these resolutions will have a direct impact on my business. Many businesses don’t make New Year’s resolutions for the organization, but it can be really helpful. The new year is a time for fresh starts and new energy. What a great time to try new things and expand your horizons!
If you make New Year’s resolutions for your business, consider adding a few of our suggestions below. If you haven’t historically made New Year’s resolutions for your business, this is the year to start. Here are ideas for 10 resolutions to improve your business in 2010.
- • Stop putting off important marketing decisions. Schedule a time each week to look at and work on your marketing efforts either on your own, with an in-house marketing manager or with help from a marketing agency. (I can recommend one; give me a call.)
- Re-evaluate your strategic marketing plan. Look over all related activity from the past year. Decide what works and what doesn’t.
- If you don’t have a written marketing plan, get one. Now is the time to put your plan on paper and stop making decisions on the fly.
- Update your Web site regularly. Your Web site might be someone’s first impression of your business, so make sure it’s a good one.
- Join a social network. Social networks can be a great way to complement your existing marketing efforts. Read up on the most popular social networks, and join at least one. If you are already on a social network, look into joining another one. If you are completely lost when it comes to social networking, don’t worry. We have a class for that. Visit Visionworks.com to sign up or find out more.
- Reconnect with someone with whom you’ve lost touch. A former client, associate or business partner can be a great doorway to new connections that might become clients and potential income.
- Give back to your community. Find an organization whose mission you support, and donate time, money or business services. The organization will benefit, you’ll feel good about contributing, and the community will see the socially conscious side of your business.
- Learn something new about marketing your business. Marketing is an ever-changing field, so keeping up with the latest trends is important to reaching consumers. My firm is offering a series of marketing classes to help you keep this resolution and make your business even better than it already is. Visit us at Visionworks.com to find out more.
- Develop your strengths. It’s easier to become great at something you are already good at doing. Start by taking a class, finding a mentor or just spending a bit of extra time working on your strengths.
- Make sure all your marketing messages support your image in one cohesive brand identity. This encompasses all of the other resolutions in this list and is probably one of the most important.
Feel free to pick and choose resolutions from this list and add a few resolutions of your own. If you can keep even a few, you should notice the positive change in your business in 2010. Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions, both professional and personal. I’m off to walk my dogs!