Hear the journey of local entrepreneurs when starting their own business, the rewards and pitfalls, and what it took to become successful.
Meet Our Speakers!
Ellen Rohr – The UN-Business Expert
"Business UN-Complicated - The Cost of Freedom is 1 Cent"
Ellen nearly sank her husband’s plumbing company after his partner died unexpectedly. Boy was she humbled! It seemed like lots of money was moving through the company, but at the end of the month there was never any money left. In desperation, Ellen figured out how to make lots money and turned the business around. She inspires thousands, in workshops, presentations and online, to make business un-complicated and live life un-leashed.
Ellen is also a successful franchisor, helping launch a plumbing franchise to 47 locations and $40 million in sales in under 2 years. Now, she is the president of Zoom Drain and Sewer, LLC. She is a columnist for Huffington Post, PHC News, and an “in the trenches” contributor to many business journals and trade magazines. Ellen is a popular, high-energy TV Celebrity who has been on over 50 news programs, encouraging people to make their own money.
Ellen is the author of four un-fussy business books: Where Did the Money Go?, How Much Should I Charge?, The Bare Bones Biz Plan and The Weekend Biz Plan.
Grown Local, Gone Global
Ray Ray's BBQ Sauce tastes GREAT on just about ANYTHING. . . We think you'll agree!
Brian Clark- Ray Ray's Smokehouse BBQ
Ray Ray's Smokehouse BBQ is a family owned business committed to bringing you the very BEST in Award Winning BBQ Sauce and Seasoning products!
Located in Cabool, Missouri, we are Ozark owned and proud members of OzSBI. What sets our sauce apart is the multi-faceted taste of using the highest quality ingredients available, sweet, savory herbs with just the right amount of back-end kick.
Ray Ray’s BBQ Sauce is currently available in many retail outlets in the Ozarks as well as North Carolina based grocery chain Harris Teeter. For 2016, we are focused on expanding national distribution to include the St. Louis market and increasing our presence on the East Coast.
We realize there are many choices in the BBQ Sauce aisle and thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.
The heart of our business is and always will be firmly rooted in missions.
Scotty Wall - Global Steel Buildings
Since 2011, over 2,700 tabernacles have been built in Africa using the Global Steel Buildings system. Our exclusive hinge boot is at the heart of our simple design allowing you to attach each truss flat on the ground, then walk it upright, closing the hinge. Every building assembles with common tools like a screw gun, ladder and tape measure.
Global Steel Buildings are designed to be stronger, last longer, assemble easier and cost less than any other do-it-yourself building kit on the market. There are no gimmicks. We just want to make the best product around. We pledge complete transparency to our customers. When you buy a building kit from us, you know you bought directly from the manufacturer. We design, sketch, engineer, manufacture and assemble everything we sell right here in West Plains, MO.
We use 26 gauge, high-rib steel sheeting for our roofing and siding; the same extra tough material found in commercial applications. With 18 different colors to choose from, you’ll be sure to have a sleek, finished look on your next building. Before you shell out thousands of dollars to have someone else build your next garage, barn or shelter, give us a call at one of our locations. Our do-it-yourself steel building kits will save you time and money.
Innovator, Creators, and Risk Takers
CellARide is a technology company using text
messages to revolutionize car shopping
Josh Holstein – CEO of CellARide
Former Police Officer, turned serial entrepreneur, Josh Holstein is the Founder & CEO of a technology company using text messages to revolutionize the car shopping experience. CellARide began over 5 years ago when Josh wanted to simply “text the car” for information without the awkward conversation.
As a Missouri State Computer Information Systems alumni, Josh used his technical background to create a Software as a Service (SaaS) that is cutting edge and disruptive to the automotive industry and beyond. CellARide was one of the first 5 companies at The eFactory in Springfield, MO. Starting with a single person office and growing into one of the largest offices in the building.
Josh has taken CellARide through and received investment twice from Capital Innovators, a Top 10 technology accelerator in St. Louis. He is currently working with the likes of Toyota, Simon Properties, Maritz and many others.
Enhancing your customer’s experience
one review at a time.
Kris Lumby – VOXDIS
Kris Lumby is Co-Founder and Co-Creator of Voxdis, an organization that focuses on authentic review aggregation. Voxdis has helped hundreds of businesses engage with consumers and build strong online credibility by utilizing their services. Kris co-created Voxdis in November 2014 out of a passion for entrepreneurship and for helping other businesses succeed. He is a firm believer in hard work and dedication. Voxdis was launched at Kris’s kitchen table several years ago. Now, it is a blossoming and successful business that serves a wide variety of clients.
Kris’s key to success? Becoming the master of your own universe through hard work. He believes that the value of hard work and having a positive attitude and a flair for entrepreneurship can outweigh even the traditional measures of success such as having a college degree. Before creating Voxdis, Kris created a line of other businesses. Some of these businesses were successful, and some were not. These businesses ranged from online repossesion systems, owning a semi-truck, selling cars and more. However, through every failure, challenge and obstacle, Kris never gave up. In his own words, “I don’t give up. I don’t lose. I learn.” He looks forward to a continued future of learning as he continues to lead Voxdis and inspire others in their journeys with entrepreneurism.
Zac Kelly - Earth Outdoor Products
Earth Outdoor origins go back to 1975 when their father, Reg Kelly, started in the auction business, a family Dairy and beef farm.
As markets and economies changed and the Kelly family grew, the business followed. Today they operate under the name Earth Outdoor and their company offers: Earth Outdoor Wood Furnaces manufactured in Mtn. Grove, Missouri with products located in 38 states; Earth Outdoor Products which manufactures and sells outdoor fire pits and industrial home décor items; Earth Outdoor Properties, a real estate company with 3 offices; Earth Outdoor Store located in Mtn Grove specializing in outdoor recreational items including archery and guns; and Kelly Auction Company.
Business Pitch Competition
Meet our Judges!
John Perkins Autumn Shirley Josh Holstein
Business Pitch Finalists
Cat Lady card game
After the main event, we will host a networking mixer that will feature food, wine and beers from local businesses.
Thank you EPIC Sponsors!
Our mission is simple:
Helping businesses grow
OzSBI is a business incubator located in West Plains, MO. Our service area includes Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright Counties.
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