Homeschool Hall Launches Paid Features, Grows User Base

August 1, 2022Members, News

Homeschool Hall Launches Paid Features, Grows User Base

Homeschool Hall is excited to announce the launch of exciting new features, including an eagerly awaited Activity Journal. The Activity Journal is the only software that helps users track important homeschool education data while also ensuring the user’s specific state requirements are met and maintained. 

The Activity Journal is loaded with helpful features, including custom progress tracking, subject recording, grade inputs, and more. Users can track activities across multiple students, and create custom goals, reminders, and subjects. And while many other education and homeschool platforms are made only for use on a desktop computer, the Activity Journal can be used on any device, any time, and will even remember which page, child, and school year the user was on last.

Homeschool Hall has received tremendous feedback since launching in the spring of 2022, including several endorsements from leaders in the homeschool community. Most recently, the platform was regarded as “the last homeschooling tracker you’ll ever need” by popular homeschooling blogger Sara Radginski

“It’s clear that the founders of Homeschool Hall have considered a lot of things that will make tracking each school day easy, and I really appreciate the thought that went into not only different state requirements, but needs of homeschool parents in general,” Radginski said.

Members can choose from affordable monthly, yearly, or lifetime Activity Journal plans to fit their budget and needs. 

“We’re so excited to get this powerful tool into the hands of homeschooling families across the United States. Initial feedback has been extremely positive, and it feels incredible knowing we’re improving the homeschool experience and alleviating stress for our users,” said Sam Nichols, Founder of Homeschool Hall.

About Homeschool Hall

Homeschool Hall is a space dedicated to connecting homeschoolers. The platform’s Activity Journal aims to be the simplest, most thorough homeschool tracking software on the market. The platform also has a growing homeschool directory that makes it easy for families to find local homeschool-related businesses and activities. Members can easily find and create listings for co-ops, sports teams, music programs, tutors, and more. 

Homeschool Hall is founded by Sam Nichols, a private office member at the efactory.

Edu-Safe Helps Missouri Schools Prepare for a Safe School Year with Specialized Training

July 28, 2022Members, News

Edu-Safe Helps Missouri Schools Prepare for a Safe School Year with Specialized Training

The company will provide critical training to strengthen safety and security at secondary schools across Missouri in advance of the 2022-2023 school year.

Edu-Safe is excited to announce a partnership with the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MOASSP) in advance of the 2022-2023 school year. The Springfield-based school safety training organization will work with MOASSP to host specialized training for Missouri High School and Middle Level administrators. The August 9, 2022 training is designed to strengthen preventative and response efforts to school violence.

“This workshop is perfectly timed for administrators to maximize skills and resources for a safe return and to create a more impactful climate. School safety has never been more on the minds of parents as we look to the new school year,” says Chris Hoehne, Director of Programming and Development for MOASSP.

“Schools are unique both in design and function and pose challenges to any school administrator when security needs are identified and solutions sought,” says Dennis Lewis, President of Edu-Safe. “In many cases, the human element is critical to any security strategy and thus, training becomes the key to the success of the strategy in preventing a tragedy or in keeping kids safe when preventative measures haven’t succeeded.”

MOASSP represents secondary school principals by working closely with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the Missouri Legislature, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Missouri Education Round Table. MOASSP provides professional development opportunities for building level leaders through annual conferences and workshops. 

Learn More About Edu-Safe

Edu-Safe, LLC provides a variety of services utilizing strategies consistent with the research and data on school violence and safety. The Edu-Safe team has more than 20 years of experience providing school safety services to schools and educational organizations across the United States.

If you would like more information, please contact Dennis Lewis at 417.880.5895, dennis@edu-safe.org or visit www.edu-safe.org.

AgButler Launches Pilot Program with SRC Holdings

July 25, 2022Members, News

AgButler Launches Pilot Program with SRC Holdings

The agtech startup is helping the local manufacturer address workforce challenges.

AgButler is excited to announce the launch of a pilot program with local manufacturing giant SRC Holdings. The partnership opens up an exciting new market for the startup, which launched in 2018 to helps agribusinesses connect with available laborers.

Employers across all industries face challenges when it comes to finding reliable and qualified employees. After learning how Missouri-based AgButler was helping agribusinesses address these challenges, human resource professionals at NewStream Enterprises, a division of Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC), wondered if the same platform could connect available laborers to opportunities in their Industrial division.

The pilot program will focus on NewStream’s Industrial division, which includes areas such as Packaging, Warehousing, and Manufacturing. These high-quality jobs will now be live inside the AgButler app, allowing NewStream direct access to a previously untapped workforce. The app will source people who are interested in NewStream’s opportunities and can connect them directly to the HR department for final hiring steps.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity for us, because it allows us to work directly with a major employer in the region to connect community members to available jobs,” says Kevin Johansen, Founder and CEO of AgButler. “Our platform is designed to bring employers and employees together, and this expansion into the manufacturing space opens up an entirely new category of employers we can help serve.”

Kevin Johansen, AgButler Founder and CEO

About AgButler

AgButler is a mobile application that addresses agricultural workforce shortages by creating a network of experienced ag laborers made accessible in real-time. Similar to “ride-sharing” technology, AgButler connects farmers, ranchers and/or agribusinesses with available laborers filtered by location, ratings, work experience, and availability, all within a secure payment structure organized in the mobile app.

AgButler is an efactory portfolio company and participated in Cohort 5 of the efactory accelerator.

Springfield-Based Startup Partners with The Manor at Elfindale to Equip Staff for Emergencies and Reduce Response Time

July 25, 2022Members, News

Springfield-Based Startup Partners with The Manor at Elfindale to Equip Staff for Emergencies and Reduce Response Time

Quick Access will provide staff with 24/7 access to emergency response information and alerts in a mobile app.

State-of-the-art technology developed by a local startup will soon be deployed at The Manor at Elfindale in Springfield, Missouri. Quick Access is a mobile application that provides users with immediate access to a wide range of emergency response documents and information via their mobile phone.

Quick Access knows that every second counts in an emergency. That’s why their mobile application is designed to provide users with the exact information they need to properly respond to a variety of emergencies – fire, natural disaster, active shooters, and more – with the touch of a button and without the need for cellular or internet connectivity.

“Facilities such as retirement homes where there is ongoing care for residents is a perfect fit for Quick Access. This type of facility has complex security, safety and communication needs and can benefit from the simplicity and accessibility of critical information from mobile devices,” says Dennis Lewis, President of Quick Access. “It is estimated that 97% of the population now have a mobile device within arm’s reach 24/7.  With mass shootings increasing at an alarming rate, organizations are looking for ways to better protect their staff and those they serve.”

Quick Access is currently used in a variety of applications and business segments across the country. The Manor at Elfindale represents the first local use of the app in a healthcare retirement setting. The Manor at Elfindale is believed to be the first facility of its kind in the area to deploy this type of advanced safety and security technology for staff and residents.

“We are excited to utilize Quick Access to respond faster and more efficiently to protect our residents, team members and guests,” says Matt Gould, Administrator of The Manor at Elfindale. “This will help move us from slow paper emergency preparedness to instantly accessing critical procedures right at our fingertips; reducing response time which can make a difference.”

The Manor at Elfindale is one of 27 facilities operated by Vetter Senior Living Inc. of Elkhorn, Nebraska. The licensed skilled nursing facility in Springfield has 100 beds and offers a wide range of services, short-term rehabilitation stays, skilled level professional nursing care, and Alzheimer care known as the Memory Support Unit.

Quick Access is a Springfield, MO-based technology company that provides a mobile platform for organizing, indexing, and accessing critical information during emergency events. Launched in 2015, Quick Access has nearly 8,000 users across the U.S. in a variety of organizations including schools, churches, industrial plants, hotels, outdoor entertainment, and sporting facilities. The company is a private office member at the efactory.

 If you would like more information, please contact Dennis Lewis at 417.880.5895, dennis@getquickaccess.com or visit www.getquickaccess.com/moreinfo.

Amity Farr of Simple Fly Life Hosts Book Signing at Springfield-Greene County Library

June 2, 2022Members, News

Amity Farr of Simple Fly Life Hosts Book Signing

The author and expert will host a book signing at the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s Library Center.

Simple Fly Life: The Manual

Amity Farr, author of Simple Fly Life: The Manual is excited to host a book signing at the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s Library Center location on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members of the Simple Fly Life community are welcome to bring copies of their book for signature and copies of Simple Fly Life: The Manual will also be available for purchase at the event. 

Simple Fly Life: The Manual is a paperback and ebook designed to help readers find freedom through decluttering and frugality. The book includes strategies for calming the chaos in your home, beginning financial recovery, and tools you can use to impact your future. 

About Amity Farr & Simple Fly Life

Amity Farr’s passion is helping others find freedom. Freedom from debt, overwhelm, and the stress of excess and clutter. As the owner of Simple Fly Life she offers decluttering services and financial organization assistance designed to help reduce stress among individuals, families, and business teams. She has compiled her most-used tips and tools into her first book, Simple Fly Life: The Manual. Amity is a coworking member at the efactory.

Learn more about Amity’s approach to minimalism and schedule your complimentary consultation today!

The App Pros Launch New Remanufacturing Solution

May 4, 2022Members, News

The App Pros Launch New Remanufacturing Solution

The App Pros is excited to launch a remanufacturing solution that helps enterprises save time and money while improving analytics and insights. “I want to know my cost every step of the way.” That was the first requirement The App Pros heard from their client when discussing the solution, known today as Transmission Automated Solutions. From there, the team went to work building what is now the only complete software solution for the Transmission Remanufacturing and Retail industry.

Transmission Automated Solutions, or TAS for short, was born after two years of development and testing followed by two years of running in a live environment to prove all the processes. The real time analytics feature creates major cost savings for clients and boosts profit on every job performed.  With the pilot program completed, TAS is currently in the process of a soft launch with a select group of clients from across the country. The solution will make its public debut at September’s ATRA Powertrain Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

About The App Pros

The App Pros started building custom web and mobile applications for individuals and businesses in 2011. The software company has worked with local clients creating Cox Health System’s Virtual Visit solution, Loren Cook’s CookTools Utility, Penmac’s Slate Absence Management Solution, and KMT Waterjet’s global marketing mobile application. The App Pros focuses on building software solutions that help businesses remove redundant tasks that cost time and money, creating more time for people to do what they do best. Contact the team today for a free consultation to discuss your next big idea.

Salad Raises $17 Million Series A Funding Round to Pioneer Affordable Decentralized Cloud Computing Services

April 20, 2022Members, News

Salad.com Announces $17 Million Series A Funding Round

The startup will continue to pioneer affordable decentralized cloud computing services.

Salad, a compute-sharing network where gamers and everyday people exchange idle compute resources for rewards, today announced a $17 million Series A funding round to scale its cloud infrastructure and develop a new enterprise vertical for Web3 innovators. The round was led by Left Lane Capital and Origin Ventures with participation from Kickstart Seed Fund, Royal Street Ventures and Carthona Capital.

With one million downloads, 30,000 daily active nodes, and 100 PetaFLOPS peak processing power across its distributed network, Salad is disrupting the conventional cloud services marketplace with a decentralized alternative powered by the world’s idle gaming PCs. Exponential demand is radically outpacing the existing supply of commercially-available compute resources, the world is at peak centralization and the future web will be powered by millions of individuals around the globe. Salad has spent the past four years onboarding latent consumer-grade supply by incentivizing gamers to share computing resources, create a more equitable Internet, and power Salad’s workload-agnostic cloud services platform.

With 2.8 billion gamers worldwide, Salad has made substantial inroads in addressing an untapped supply of powerful consumer resources. The open-source Salad desktop application invites gamers to share storage, bandwidth and compute-cycles from their idle PCs securely and voluntarily. To encourage user contributions that power various high-performance computing tasks, Salad offers network participants meaningful rewards based on the amount of resources shared. To date, Salad’s dedicated community of “Salad Chefs” has contributed over 8,000 years of processing uptime to support the Ethereum network and other blockchain ecosystems.

“Computesharing is the catalyst for everything Web3 should be. At Salad, we’re building a future where millions of individuals can collaborate to achieve new technological milestones, and use the power of personal devices to compete directly with centralized cloud providers,” said Bob Miles, Founder and CEO of Salad Technologies. “With the help of thousands of Salad Chefs from across the world, our distributed network has already surpassed some of the world’s top data centers. This raise validates our mission to decentralize the cloud, and will make the world’s largest computing resource accessible to thousands more cloud customers and businesses.”

Having accomplished 10X network growth in 2021, Salad will use this latest funding round to expand its engineering team and accelerate the development of the SaladCloud platform. A new marketplace vertical will allow third-party enterprises to access and scale using Salad’s affordable, computesharing-powered cloud services.

“The Salad network is an incredibly unique asset. Proof of work mining has supplied the network a passive income generation stream and Salad is now targeting more specialized, discrete workloads with its powerful computing network. Salad’s core offering should appeal to any enterprise clients seeking affordable, elastic cloud solutions. We’re looking forward to supporting the Salad team as they and their volunteer community come together to build the world’s largest distributed data center,” said Derek Urben at Left Lane Capital.

“The future of cloud computing includes individually-owned resources networked together. We’re excited to support a team of innovators, engineers, and futurists dedicated to delivering a first-of-its-kind cloud solution,” added Brent Hill, Managing Partner at Origin Ventures.

Salad will scale its team from 20 to 70 within the year, focusing primarily on expanding its engineering department, but also seeking to enlist business development experts to help research, identify and onboard more enterprise customers for the SaladCloud distributed cloud services platform. Benjy Boxer, CEO & Co-Founder of Parsec, will also join Salad’s board of directors to provide growth strategy counsel.

About Salad Technologies

Salad Technologies is building a multi-purpose and entirely people-powered cloud computing platform. In a world where 400M powerful gaming PCs sit inactive for most of the day, Salad’s open-source desktop application empowers individuals to earn meaningful rewards from their privately owned hardware. Salad users contribute latent compute resources—like processing cycles and bandwidth—to support third-party workloads on a distributed network, where they redeem millions of games, gift cards, subscriptions, and other digital rewards every year. Salad is the easiest and most trusted way to computeshare.

With thousands of everyday webizens using Salad in 188 countries, the Salad computesharing network has fast become the world’s most distributed supercomputer. Salad now aims to disrupt the centralized cloud market by offering comparable, decentralized compute solutions at a fraction of the cost. The SaladCloud platform will soon power cryptomining pools, P2P gaming, VPN services, data synth deep learning, AI modeling, and anything else that takes hard crunching.

Salad Business Operations Manager Nathan Cole is a private office member at the efactory. 

Local Entrepreneur Launches Homeschool Hall to Connect Parents, Co-Ops and More

April 14, 2022Members, News

Local Entrepreneur Launches Homeschool Hall to Connect Parents, Co-Ops and More

Homeschooling in the United States is booming. The pandemic is cited by many as sparking new interest among parents in homeschooling, and numbers of homeschooled students in the U.S. have nearly doubled in recent years, climbing to around six million students nationwide. 

While these numbers continue to grow, access to local homeschooling information can still be hard to come by. Many families have trouble finding nearby co-ops, meetup groups, sports, or clubs designed specifically for homeschoolers. Search engines and social media often make it difficult to find these groups, and many parents have trouble connecting with others or finding complete lists of groups in their area. 

With a market flooded with newcomers who need help, local entrepreneur Sam Nichols knew homeschoolers needed a dedicated space to easily find and connect with others in their area – so he built it!

Meet Homeschool Hall

Homeschool Hall is a space dedicated to connecting homeschoolers. The online platform makes it easy for families to find local homeschool-related businesses and activities. Members can easily find and create listings for:

– co-ops, hybrids and communities
– sports teams
– curriculum stores
– homeschool tutors
– clubs and music programs
– and more!

These listings make Homeschool Hall a one-stop-shop where families can easily find the information they need for a successful homeschool experience. The directory also makes it easy for homeschool groups and businesses to be discovered by parents. These organizations have traditionally relied almost entirely on word-of-mouth marketing, and Homeschool Hall gives them an opportunity to showcase what they do and get in front of families.

The platform will grow to include even more features in coming months, including a homeschool events calendar; education tracking and lesson planning for parents; homeschool co-op and community management, and other great features to further serve the homeschool community.

About the Team

Homeschool Hall is built with love in Springfield, Missouri by Sam Nichols. Nichols is a successful entrepreneur with a background in digital product development who believes the homeschool community has been underserved by technology. He is excited to help families use Homeschool Hall to connect with other homeschoolers and enrich the journey of educating their children. Nichols is a private office member at the efactory.

Additional support for Homeschool Hall comes from Gretchen Peters, Founder of Pearls of Wisdom Academy, Steve Koenig, PhD, Owner of Koenig ACR Group, and Gabe Lumby, CPA, Owner of Lumby & Associates.