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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Columbia LandCare LLC continues to grow forward.

 

Mid-Missouri’s premier commercial landscape design, maintenance and installation company had already acquired or merged with four other businesses in five years before Creative Surroundings Inc. caught and held its attention. A phone call in May 2016 led to a September handshake. Columbia LandCare officially acquired Creative Surroundings and absorbed all of its full-time staff on Dec. 30, 2016.

 

“Our interest in Creative Surroundings was really three-fold,” Columbia LandCare owner Jed Taylor said of the 34-year-old company just acquired. “One, their horticulture expertise with regards to annual flowers and overall plant care is second-to-none in the industry. Two, we wanted the remarkable staff at Creative Surroundings to join our team. And finally, Creative Surroundings had great clients and it was apparent they put a lot of value in maintaining long-term relationships. It was too good to pass up.”

 

The acquisition was made possible when Creative Surroundings owner Gloria Gaus expressed interest in retiring. Gaus will remain on board for 2017 as the transition takes place, and all other full-time staff have begun working at Columbia LandCare’s headquarters, located at 7105 Henderson Road. This move adds to Columbia LandCare’s fluctuating roster of approximately 100 staff members.
Columbia LandCare has roots in mid-Missouri that trace back more than 20 years, when it was founded as Columbia Turf. Jed Taylor became majority owner in 2012, three years after his company Missouri Mowing merged with Columbia Turf. Columbia LandCare provides year-round landscape maintenance services, including snow removal, mowing, irrigation, floriculture, landscape design and installation.

Columbia agency recognized for work with First Baptist Church and Columbia Public Schools

Columbia, MO – Visionworks Marketing Group has received a 2016 Gold Marcom Award presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for work on behalf of First Baptist Church.

The work for First Baptist Church included five pieces in a series for a direct-mail campaign. The campaign found its success in attracting new members to the church as well as informing members of the community about First Baptist Church. 

Visionworks Marketing Group also received a 2016 Honorable Mention Marcom Award for work on behalf of Columbia Public Schools.

Visionworks assisted Columbia Public Schools in redesigning their Quarterly Report newsletter into a new Quarterly Connection newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to 68,000 homes and keeps the community informed about what is going on in Missouri’s seventh-largest school district.

The 2016 Marcom Award competition featured an incredible pool of more than 6,000 entries, making it the largest and most prominent 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.

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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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 info@visionworksgroup.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.

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