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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.

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