A Commitment to Entrepreneurship
The efactory is excited to celebrate Janet and Jim Anderson’s recent gift in support of the efactory and our expansion project. This gift will support our program’s ongoing efforts to foster innovation, support entrepreneurship, and grow businesses in southwest Missouri.
The newly named Anderson Conference Room provides collaboration and meeting space for efactory members, corporate partners and community members. It is located on the recently renovated second floor of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.
Janet and Jim Anderson have built a legacy of leadership and community involvement in Springfield. Jim Anderson served as President of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce for more than 25 years and was instrumental in the formation of our community’s vision for IDEA Commons, the Jordan Valley Innovation Center and the efactory. He has been a champion of small business, entrepreneurship and innovation throughout his career.
Anderson spoke at the dedication of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center in October of 2013, saying “This facility symbolizes the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in the Ozarks. It’s a symbol of the can-do attitude and culture of collaboration that we enjoy in our region.”
“This asset will allow us to foster that entrepreneurial culture for countless businesses well into the future. The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is now the epicenter for entrepreneurship in Springfield.,” he went on to say.
About the efactory
The efactory opened its doors in March of 2013 with one goal in mind: to serve entrepreneurs and business owners throughout southwest Missouri. Today our network of programs is designed to support both large and small businesses throughout southwest Missouri. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for 1:1 assistance or a large employer addressing workforce challenges, we’re here to help you start, scale and succeed. Learn more about the impact our programs make in southwest Missouri.
The efactory is proud to be part of IDEA Commons, Missouri State University’s vision to create an urban innovation park that includes residential, retail, commercial, and entertainment facilities supported by multidisciplinary university programs.