The Ozarks’ premiere business publication, the Springfield Business Journal, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary serving the area’s business community.
SBJ’s Publisher Jennifer Jackson marked the occasion with a special column celebrating the history of the publication while also looking forward to the future.
Jackson, the daughter of SBJ founding publisher Dianne Elizabeth Otis, paid tribute to her mother and her efforts to find security for her family, and those who worked with her, by starting a new publication.
“Very simply, she wanted SBJ to be a great place to work, to remain small enough to be flexible and for each issue of SBJ to be better than the last,” Jackson wrote.
Jackson said they wear “small and scrappy” like a badge, and talked about the COVID-19 lockdown and the challenge it brought to her team which prepared them for a new path heading into their next 40 years.
Jackson ended her statement about the milestone moment for her company with a positive declaration.
“We intend to conquer the future with the simple, flexible enthusiasm of our youth and with the wisdom, stability and maturity that has come from experience. SBJ is 40 and thriving!” Jackson wrote.
(Editor’s note: Congratulations to Jackson and the SBJ team from all of us connected to OI!)