Business Mentoring

OzSBI has a team of highly trained mentors, whom have gained a diverse set of business skills working in the trenches starting, managing and operating business from all industry sectors. These business professionals have been certified to use GrowthWheel, a nationally recognized mentoring tool, with our clients.

Every entrepreneur needs a mentor.  While it is exciting and liberating to go at it alone.  There will come a time when you are stuck. The reality is that, while you have a great idea, you may not know exactly what you should be doing with your business to develop it into a sustainable, profitable company.   From making certain business decisions to making the right connections, a mentor can help guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.  

What is GrowthWheel?

The GrowthWheel program is built around the unique value of working one-on-one with certified mentors who can provide important insight and encouragement to business owners about the specific growth challenges their company is facing. GrowthWheel provides a visual toolbox that includes interactive worksheets, articles for inspiration and timelines for accomplishing goals. These resources center on the four main challenges all business owners must overcome to increase revenue: a strong business concept, lasting customer relations, an effective organization and profitable operations.

 

Who Can Benefit from GrowthWheel Mentoring?

The GrowthWheel program is built around the unique value of working one-on-one with certified mentors who can provide important insight and encouragement to business owners about the specific growth challenges their company is facing. GrowthWheel provides a visual toolbox that includes interactive worksheets, articles for inspiration and timelines for accomplishing goals. These resources center on the four main challenges all business owners must overcome to increase revenue: a strong business concept, lasting customer relations, an effective organization and profitable operations. To learn more about our different mentoring programs, please contact us at 417-256-9724 or info@ozsbi.com.

 

 

 

Targeted Mentoring

See what Targeted Mentoring can do for your business - you will receive 4 hour-and-a-half confidential sessions with a team of business mentors. You will meet over the course of six months. After that you can decide whether you want to continue with Targeted Mentoring or take advantage of being an Affiliate or Tenant Client of OzSBI to receive other business support services in addition to mentoring.

 

Meet Our Mentors

OzSBI has a team of highly trained mentors, whom have gained a diverse set of business skills working in the trenches starting, managing and operating business from all industry sectors.  To learn more about each mentor, click the pictures below.

 

Toney Aid

Toney Aid's experience in entrepreneurship includes running hardware stores; restoring and managing historic property; and owning Downtown Antiques. Toney currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the West Plains Industrial Development Corporation and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. He has an MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Toney brings his experience in management, facility development, sales, and financing to the GrowthWheel program.

 

Gabe Chambers

Gabe Chambers, CPA has over 10 years of accounting and management experience. He holds a BS in accounting as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. He is currently at Hawkins, Yarber & Streff, CPA’s where he specializes in taxes and small business accounting/consulting. Having spent time as a bank controller and CFO, he has a working knowledge of cash flows, bank financing, and management reporting. Gabe is also a member of the Rotary Club as well as the treasurer of the Samaritan Outreach Center.

 

 


 

Heather Fisher

Heather Fisher has been with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator 4 ½ years; first serving as its Program Coordinator and, as of 2014, its Executive Director. Heather has spent hundreds of hours mentoring small businesses. Heather has a Master’s degree in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis and has spent her career working to further community development, both as the Economic Developer of Thayer and Oregon County, owner of a grant writing business, and as a mentor to small businesses.

 

Kevin Gleghorn

Kevin Gleghorn works as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments. Kevin has been a financial advisor for ? years. Kevin services the West Plains and surrounding counties. He is a licensed insurance agent specializing in life, health and annuities insurance policies. Before taking on his current role, Kevin worked at Invensys Appliance Controls and DRS. During his career, Kevin has worked with many businesses, both start-up and existing enterprises.

 

 


 

Reid Grigsby

Reid Grigsby is the Vice President of Norman Orr Office Supply. He has a BS in Psychology and Philosophy form Arkansas State University. Reid is an active community member. He announces the Zizzer Football home and away games. Reid was the recipient of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award.

 

Michael Hoff

Michael Hoff is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer at locally-owned Community First Banking Company, since March, 2007. 2014 marks his 40th year in banking. He serves on the bank’s Board of Directors, and is the Chairman of the West Plains Planning and Zoning Commission. During his career, Michael has worked with both start-up and existing enterprises, as well as being a member of many civic organizations, including Rotary International, Lion’s Clubs, and other civic boards and advisory groups.

 

 


 

Tom Norton

Tom’s business career began in 1965 after graduating from Texas A & M. The next five years were spent learning the process of manufacturing titanium metal while serving in Process Engineering, Maintenance and Industrial Relations. In 1970, he transferred to the Salt Lake City area as Pilot Plant Supervisor to develop the process of obtaining chlorine and magnesium from Great Salt Lake brine. Tom and family moved to West Plains in 1972 and built homes until 1974 when he joined Southwest Truck Body Co. as Manufacturing Engineering Manager. He retired in 2009 after having served as Program Manager and finally as Facilities Manager which included new buildings and equipment, Health and Safety Programs and Environmental Compliance.

 

John Perkins

John Perkins is President of Inspire Capital. He has since 2009 served in several positions with First Wyoming Capital. He is currently Vice President/ Secretary of First Wyoming Capital and First Wyoming Life. He was one of the founders of Company and served as Chairman of Board until November of 2011. He served as President of First Trinity Financial Corporation from its inception in 2004 until 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a board member and Secretary. He served as Compliance Director and two years as Secretary of Midwest Holding from 2004 to 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of that company. He served as President of Mid American Alliance Corporation and Mid American Century Life Company from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003. He served on the Board of Directors of Mid-American Alliance and Mid American Century from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Perkins previously owned Perkins Law Office in Jefferson City, Missouri from 1995 to 2003, where he specialized in securities law. From 1983-1995 he was the Commissioner of Securities for the State of Missouri, having previously served as its Chief of Enforcement for two years. He was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from 1977-1981. He also served on the Board of Directors of the North American Securities Administrators Associations for five years and as its President in 1991. Mr. Perkins served on numerous committees including CRD, SRD, Investor Education, and Enforcement. In 1989 he received his first "Blue Sky Cube," the highest honor bestowed by the North American Securities Administrators Association. In 1991, he became the first person to receive a second "Blue Sky Cube." He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School and has an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

 

 


 

Autumn Shirley

Autumn Shirley grew up around small businesses; her family owned Ozark Rope Sandals. After graduating from MSU-West Plains, she began working for a yellow pages firm to design and sell ads to businesses in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. In 2001, Autumn was hired as a sales representative at FundRaiser Software and became the Sales & Marketing Manager in 2008. Autumn and her husband, Joshua, are now co-owners of FundRaiser Software.

 

Joshua Shirley

Joshua Shirley begin his business experience as an intern at an accounting firm, then graduated from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with a BA in Business Management. His has experience as church office administrator, CFO of property management, and an IT consultant. Joshua is now co-owner of FundRaiser Software and serves as its CFO. This wide variety of business experience has led to out-of-the-box thinking for many common business solutions.

 

 


 

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson received his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University. For 30+ years, Dan held various management positions in manufacturing companies located in the Kansas City area. During that same time, he earned a Masters in Industrial Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Dan and his wife Anna returned to West Plains in the fall of 2013. Dan specializes in operations and manufacturing; he is well versed in human resources, organizational development, business processes and procedures, and general business.

 

Gene Weinbeck

Gene Weinbeck has been an entrepreneur since 1982 when he founded FundRaiser Software. He started his business with no money and little experience. Gene grew the business into one with several thousand customers worldwide while maintaining a good work environment for his staff (in 2008, he received the Missouri Psychologically Healthy Workplace award). Gene sold his business in 2010 and today mentors OzSBI clients, especially in the areas of customer relations, staff relations, marketing, and bootstrapping your business.