That’s right! Now is your chance to join our team as an Accounting Specialist. We’re looking for someone who loves a good spreadsheet, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and enjoys being a team player.
It’s our mission to make Springfield, Missouri the best place in the country to start a business. We serve entrepreneurs through office space, coworking, trainings, business consulting, and more.
We believe hard work, determination, collaboration, and good ideas are worth fighting for. We truly believe Springfield, Missouri is where dreams can come true. Community is who we are. Forward is where we’re going. We’d love to have you along for the ride.
The primary job duty of the Accounting Specialist is maintenance of financial records and accounts within our department. The specialist may also provide some administrative support services to the department.
Wondering what it takes?
Knowledge of and aptitude with accounting procedures
Tested and proven clerical aptitude
Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
Working knowledge of or the ability to learn and use database applications, the administrative business system or enterprise resource planning system
Ability to maintain moderately complex filing systems and records and make mathematical calculations
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain departmental financial records and accounts and prepare financial reports
Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds
For this position at least two years of progressively responsible bookkeeping, purchasing, and/or accounting experience is required.
View the full job description and apply through Missouri State University’s job portal. Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2019.
efactory partners with Bench to make bookkeeping easy
The fintech company is offering discounts to efactory client companies
We’re excited to add a new platform to our efactory member perks program – Bench Bookkeeping!
Bench is America’s largest bookkeeping service for small businesses. And now it’s more affordable than ever for efactory clients to manage their bookkeeping on the award-winning platform.
Through the program, efactory client companies are eligible for twenty percent off their first six months of bookkeeping.
Bench’s partner program is designed to make first-class bookkeeping easy and accessible for growing companies. Clients receive unlimited support, real-time insights, and a Year End Financial Package with everything a business owner (or CPA) needs to file their taxes.
Less time spent on bookkeeping means founders have more time to focus on growing their business. And that’s what we’re all about.
The Economic Development Administration grant award paves the way for expansion at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.
Expansion at the efactory
The efactory is excited to share that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award a $1.25 million grant to the efactory. This award will pave the way for an expansion at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, adding additional incubator offices along with new conference and training rooms. The grant will be matched with $1.25 million in local investment and is expected to create 360 jobs and spur $27 million in private investment.
This project was made possible by Missouri State University’s commitment to bringing together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.
"The efactory at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in southwest Missouri. This expansion will allow the center to serve even more entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses, create jobs, and invest in the community."
Missouri Governor Mike Parson
The efactory is an entrepreneurship and business resource center with programs and offerings that assist both large and small businesses. From office space for startups to corporate innovation for major employers, efactory programs facilitate business growth and economic development throughout southwest Missouri.
Services include: office space, coworking, an accelerator program, mentorship programs, business consulting, corporate innovation, and leadership and professional development trainings. The efactory offers small business consulting and training through the Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU and leadership and professional development trainings through the Management Development Institute.
“This investment will help the efactory continue driving growth and innovation in Southwest Missouri. The center is an invaluable resource for local entrepreneurs, providing them new tools to grow their businesses and create good-paying jobs. I’m proud to see this expansion moving forward and promoting economic development in one of our state’s Opportunity Zones.”
Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
Here's a look at what's to come
Eight new private offices will be built on the second floor of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. Offices will range in size from 450 - 600 square feet.
Training & Event Space
A large training and flexible use space will be constructed on the building's mezzanine level. The space will include flexible seating configurations, projectors, and more.
A new conference room will be constructed on the building's second floor. This new conference room will accompany the five existing conference rooms on the first floor.
Separate from the EDA award and corresponding expansion, the efactory is exploring options to add a rooftop terrace to the building as part of the larger IDEA Commons expansion project.
The efactory serves entrepreneurs through office space, coworking, trainings, and more.
We opened our doors in March 2013 with one goal in mind – to serve as a one-stop shop for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout southwest Missouri. To date, our programs have:
Assisted over 900 companies
Created over 1,500 jobs
Helped clients secure more than $65 million in capital and equity
Helped clients secure more than $18 million in research and grant support
Graduated 17 companies from the accelerator program
Maintained a full lease occupancy rate with 45+ clients and 140+ employees since 2017
The efactory is located in downtown Springfield inside the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. We are proud to be part of the IDEA Commons district, Missouri State University's vision to create an urban innovation park. The efactory is located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone.
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Maybe you couldn’t make the event. Or maybe you just want to feel the excitement again. We’ve rounded up the highlights from Demo Day at the efactory.
Our accelerator program is a critical piece of our efforts to support entrepreneurship and innovation in southwest Missouri. The five companies in Cohort 4 were selected from hundreds of applicants to be part of our transformative 13-week program.
They’ve had a busy summer. Presentations, expert sessions, office hours and more have led to this. They’re ready to take things to the next level and we can’t wait to watch it happen.
Their success is Springfield’s success. At the efactory, we believe Springfield is the place where dreams really do come true. We believe in hard work, determination, collaboration, and good ideas. Community is who we are. Forward is where we’re going.
Musicians have it tough. They have to stick out in a crowd, find people to work with, and frequently see their profits squeezed by distributors and middlemen.
Collaboarator is changing all of that. The social media platform makes it easy for music artists to find one another, gain exposure, and get paid.
Founder Seth Kitchen recently graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla with an engineering degree and has been hard at work developing the app. He was excited to share that it’s ready for download on Andoid, Windows, and iOS. Get to it!
And People Are Into It
Musicians from around the world are already using (and loving) the app.
Ever bought one thing, but couldn’t figure out which things go with it? Most of the things we use each day are actually a combination of products, accessories, and components that come together to create a solution.
Compat.io is a software platform that makes it easy for customers to find products that go together. Whether it’s finding the perfect crank set for your bicycle or a high-end lens for your specialty camera, Compat.io turns compatibility from a research project into a click.
Show Me the Money
A great idea and solid team are only two parts of the equation. To truly build and scale a company, you need capital. Compat.io founder Tim Baynes has been working on that. We’re thrilled to share that during the accelerator program he closed a $900,000 round of investment. That brings Compat.io’s total non-founder investment to $1.25 million.
It’s Ready for Dealers
Compat.io makes it easy for dealers to cross-sell more effectively. And it’s ready for them! They’re starting with a focus on the bicycling industry, and bike dealers can start using the Expert Recommendation System (XRS) Magento plugin today.
It turns out actually going to class plays a major role in student success. But tracking attendance? It can be a huge burden for instructors, students, and the institution.
Fletch is an effortless technology that takes attendance without instructors or students lifting a finger. The Bluetooth-based approach respects privacy, requires next to nothing from the user, and opens up massive opportunities outside of education.
Revenue is Real
Folks are loving Fletch’s technology. Marquett Burton shared that they’ve passed more than $100,000 in revenue and landed some major clients during the accelerator program. Working with groups like DeVry University, the University of Akron, and the University of Arizona is just the start.
Thank You, Next
It’s not only about attendance. Fletch is ready to tackle everything from making sure students are on the right school bus to helping manufacturing facilities track equipment. The Fletch Dot is their latest innovation, with a quarter-sized beacon that can be attached to just about anything.
It’s 2019 and our skies are full of flying robots. And while drones are super cool, owning and operating one comes with a lot of work. Professionals and hobbyists spend tons of time packing and unpacking their kits to keep things charged, organized, and ready to go.
ModBox has built the world’s first smart case for drones. Developed for pilots by pilots, it’s packed with features like internal charging and backup power, SD card readers/organizers, built-in monitor mounts, and more.
They’re Lining Up
Drone owners are eager to get their hands on a case. ModBox is planning to launch later this year, and they’ve already got a waitlist of pilots worth $30,000 in pre-sales.
This is Just the Beginning
Drones are only the beginning. Imagine smart cases for tools used by construction crews. Smart cases for audio equipment used by musicians. If it’s stored in box, ModBox can improve it.
Life is expensive! And one out of every two millennials is living paycheck to paycheck. This financial hardship means they sacrifice things like eye care, putting their vision at risk.
Optikal is a subscription box that makes eye care affordable. It breaks down the upfront cost of an eye exam, one year’s supply of contacts, contact care supplies, and backup glasses into monthly payments.
Partners are in Place
Optikal has landed a partnership with OnSight, a workplace vision program that brings eye exams directly into the workplace. Working with another company that’s equally determined to disrupt the eye care market sets Optikal up for optimum success.
Optikal already has paying customers, and they’re sticking with the service. The team is proud of their 1.3% churn rate and has plans in place to keep it low.
Client companies can unlock massive savings and benefits with the popular payment processing platform
Stripe Startup Partner
The efactory is excited to announce that we’re now a Stripe startup partner!
Millions of the world’s most innovative technology companies are scaling faster and more efficiently by building their businesses on Stripe. Now efactory client companies can unlock massive savings and special benefits from the popular payment processing platform.
Through the program, efactory client companies are eligible for:
$20,000 in fee-free payment processing
$250 discount on Stripe Atlas incorporation
Early access to events and new product betas
Priority support from the team at Stripe
Stripe’s startup partner program is designed to help startups build and scale their business with the most powerful and flexible tools for internet commerce.
Whether you’re creating a subscription service, an on-demand marketplace, an e-commerce store, or a crowdfunding platform, Stripe’s meticulously designed APIs and unmatched functionality help entrepreneurs create the best possible product for their users.
Any individual or business with Missouri tax liability is eligible to receive the 2019 tax credits by making a donation to Missouri State University. This is a direct 50% credit off the individual or corporation’s Missouri state taxes.
For example, if a donor made a $10,000 donation to the efactory, the donor could receive a $5,000 direct credit against their state income tax after filing the appropriate paperwork. In addition to the state income tax credit, $5,000 may be taken as a charitable deduction against federal income tax, which would further reduce the actual cost of the donation.
The tax credits may be carried forward up to 5 years and applied to future tax liability.
The power of your gift
Private donations play a critical role in the ongoing operations of the efactory. The efactory’s 2019 Small Business Incubator Tax Credits allow individuals and businesses to show their support for entrepreneurship and innovation in southwest Missouri while also reducing tax liability.
“Building a strong network for startups and small businesses is essential to economic development,” Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “We’re proud to support so many incubators through the Small Business Incubator program and appreciate all the work they do to drive entrepreneurship in Missouri.”
Previous gifts have paved the way for important building upgrades, necessary equipment purchases, the outfitting of conference and seminar rooms, and more.
The entrepreneurship center is exploring a plan to add new private offices, conference rooms, and training space
We just keep growing
In case you haven’t heard, there are lots of good things happening around here. Our private offices have been fully occupied for almost two years, we’re home to nearly a dozen user groups, Cohort 4 is in full swing, and our training calendar is jam-packed.
What’s a center to do when things show no sign of slowing down? In our case, there’s only one place to go. Up!
The efactory is excited to be exploring plans to expand into the second floor of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.
Today the building’s second floor is home to classrooms and labs for Missouri State University’s cooperative engineering program. Those civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering students may soon be joined by efactory clients. We’re currently exploring a plan to expand into 16,000 square feet of unfinished space upstairs.
Potential expansion activity includes the addition of new private offices and conference rooms on the second floor in addition to a collaboration and flex space on the building’s mezzanine level. We’ve been making the space work for events like the Pitch Contest and Demo Day, but we’re hopeful it won’t be an unfinished concrete room for long.
Investing in IDEA Commons
We’re proud to be a Missouri State University program and part of the IDEA Commons District.
The efactory’s upstairs expansion is only one of several exciting projects currently under consideration in the district. Missouri State University has plans in place to renovate and expand the Jordan Valley Innovation Center. The university is also exploring options to develop the land that sits south of JVIC and west of the efactory.
And the latest news? Two clients are on the move! We’re excited to celebrate the graduations of Beyond Creative and Vault Innovation. Read on to learn more about the two teams and what’s next for them.
Beyond Creative is a visual design studio focused on creating dynamic solutions for clients. The team specializes in video, branding, design, and web-based work.
Vault Innovation is a Chicago-based team of entrepreneurs, designers, and developers. While the bulk of the team is located in the Windy City, Vault also has a presence in Springfield, MO and Denver, CO.
Vault’s Springfield team moved into the efactory in September 2017 with just three folks. The group has since grown to 11. There are plans in place to grow the Springfield team even more, so it’s time for a new home.
The group is headed out of the efactory and into a new office in downtown Springfield. We hear it even has windows! (Spoiler alert: We have some windows of our soon coming soon. Stay tuned.)
A History of Success
While saying goodbye can be hard, it’s ultimately our goal for clients to outgrow the efactory and take up residence elsewhere in Springfield. Beyond Creative and Vault Innovation are in good company as efactory alums.
Springfield knows what it means to be a sweet spot, and we aren’t just talking about being the home of Andy’s Frozen Custard. The community is big enough to support a wide variety of businesses and services, but still small enough that you can still feel connected.
It’s a community where low startup costs allow business owners to test ideas and see what sticks, so your entrepreneurial imagination can run wild.
3. The collaboration is unparalleled
We love seeing local favorites come together. And in Springfield it happens a lot. You’ll regularly see small business owners getting together to solve problems, advocate for common sense solutions, and just generally help one another out.
We also love when they get together to make something delicious. Check out some of our favorite edible collaborations below.
Workforce development is a key focus for community leaders. We’re always working to grow our local talent pool and recruit new professionals to be part of our community.
5. Small business can grow big
Springfield has a rich history of entrepreneurship. Major enterprises like O’Reilly Auto Parts and Jack Henry started in our own backyard as small businesses.
Johnny Morris started selling fishing tackle out of his father’s liquor store in 1972. From right here in Springfield he went on to build Bass Pro Shops, with estimated annual revenues now topping $2 billion.
Here at the efactory we’re honored to be home base for more than 40 great companies, including the hottest new snack trend, Hopapops. Read on for our Q&A with founder Jeff Brinkhoff.
The snacktime secret: Hopapops
Hopapops is our brand of the lotus seed. The lotus seed originates in Northern India and Southeast Asia. It is packed with nutrients and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.
Hopapops are lotus seeds that have been popped, roasted, and seasoned. The product is similar in texture and appearance to popcorn, but without the hull. The popped seeds are gluten-free and have more nutritional value including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein than traditional popcorn.
We launched three flavors (White Cheddar, Mango Habanero, and Coconut) at the Natural Products Expo West show in March, and are currently working to get into retailers and distributors nationwide.
What are some of the struggles that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest aspects of being a business owner is cash flow. Cash is king in start-ups. Disciplining yourself and separating the “needs” from the “wants” is a must when building a business.
What’s a lesson that you have learned the hard way in regards to business?
Making assumptions when there is data available to validate your ideas.
What’s the best part about being an entrepreneur in Springfield, MO?
There is a lot of support from the community, universities, and programs like the efactory. There are also a lot of seasoned business professionals in and around Springfield.
Springfield Small Business Week
Springfield Small Business Week is part of the National Small Business Week and is designed to recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs in Springfield, MO.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create almost two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Calibrate Digital Marketing is a full service digital marketing agency. We help our clients show up early and often when people are searching for their type of business online, even if they don’t know our clients exist yet.
We also help our clients put their best foot forward and give a great first impression of their business whenever someone visits their website. This helps our clients turn more of those visitors into paying customers.
What’s your best advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
Develop a business plan that you can ease into. Keep your startup costs and monthly expenses low.
Give yourself plenty of time to grow your business without the pressure of having to make a big loan payment or cover a massive payroll each month. This will relieve some of the pressure that comes with keeping the doors open right out of the gate.
What’s the best part about being an entrepreneur in Springfield, MO?
“Springfield is big enough to have a healthy client base, but small enough that you can still make a splash if you play your cards right.”
What have been some of the best resources Calibrate Digital Marketing has taken advantage of as a small business?
Moving into the efactory gave us instant credibility without breaking the bank.
There’s a great synergy from being around other smart people growing their own tech-related businesses.
Springfield Small Business Week
Springfield Small Business Week is part of the National Small Business Week, which is designed to recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs in Springfield, MO.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create almost two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Rosette Studios is a Springfield-based business that offers customers a unique art experience. This includes local artists’ products for purchase, monthly gallery shows, and in-store products.
Bridget and her husband both have extensive backgrounds in art and exploration that have given them their business foundation. Bridget’s goal is “to make artwork in peoples’ lives a standard instead of the exception.”
What’s your number one piece of advice for people considering going into business for or by themselves?
Reach out to all your resources. As a business owner, you can be pulled in a million different directions and it is hard to know which way to go.
Reach out to the people around you, the Small Business Development Center, networking groups, and others to get feedback on your ideas. If you are only selling to friends and family, the idea may not be ready to turn into a full-time job.
What was one hurdle you’ve faced in business ownership and how did you overcome it?
Wanting to be everything to every customer. We are continuing to refine what we do, staying true to our mission with help and input from others.
What are the best and also the hardest parts about being a business owner?
The best: Doing what you love to do. I am excited and proud to work on my own projects and make things happen the way I want.
The hardest: Commitment over time. Once the newness of having a business wears off, it is long hours and thankless tasks ahead. Staying motivated and engaged is key to continued success.
What’s the best part about being a small business owner in Springfield, MO?
“Springfield has a ton of resources if you are willing to put time into them. Networking groups, business help, entrepreneur groups, and more.
There are also some big businesses that are amazing to work with. Some of the resources include: The Small Business Development Center, 1 Million Cups, MOB Networking group, and friends/family that tell the truth.”
Ready to grow?
If you’re ready to grow your business, the team at the Small Business Development Center is ready to help.
The SBDC at Missouri State University can assist business owners at any stage, from initial business planning to succession planning or sale.