efactory Announces New Partnership with Basys Processing

July 28, 2021News

efactory Partners with Basys Processing to Help Startups Save Big

The family-owned and midwest-based processing company is offering an exclusive discount to efactory members

A New Partnership with Basys Processing

The efactory’s member perks program has grown again! We’re excited to add Basys Processing to our member perks providers who offer exclusive discounts and deals for efactory members.

Basys Processing was founded on one philosophy: to take care of customers and partners so they never want to leave. The midwest-based company has built an elite team of hard-working, passionate and fun people who are dedicated to making merchants happy.

Basys is not your typical credit card processor. No call center environments. No elevator music. Instead, they have a team of high-energy, client-focused relationship managers genuinely committed to their growing customer base. 

Basys Benefits

Basys Processing makes accepting credit cards and debit cards convenient, safe and affordable. Basys provides credit and debit card processing services and solutions that include: countertop terminal, point of sale, mobile, virtual terminal, ecommerce, and POS integrations. 

Through the partnership, efactory members receive a free consultation and up to a $250 statement credit.

Additional Perks

The Basys discount is one of several benefits available to efactory client companies. Companies are also eligible for savings from Google, Amazon Web Services, HubSpot, and more.

Leadership Springfield becomes efactory Supporting Partner

July 19, 2021News, Partners

Leadership Springfield becomes efactory Supporting Partner

We’re excited to welcome Leadership Springfield as the newest member of our corporate partner program.

About Leadership Springfield

Leadership Springfield is a community leadership organization that seeks to inspire, develop, and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community. The organization facilitates community leadership programs for area professionals of all ages as well as local students, unlocking potential and equipping participants to meet needs in our community.

Through a strengths-based approach, Leadership Springfield programs build professional leadership development skills and increase community engagement. Leadership Springfield programs include the Signature Class, Academy Class, and Access Class.

As a member of the national Association of Leadership Programs, Leadership Springfield uses a community leadership framework model that provides program participants with tools to frame ideas, mobilize resources, and build social capital. With an alumni network of more than 2,000 graduates, Leadership Springfield has produced more than three decades of alumni members who are making lasting impacts across the Springfield community.

Leadership Springfield is no stranger to the efactory. The organization regularly brings program participants to the building for tours and panels, and staff have been working from our coworking space since the fall of 2020. Leadership Springfield is also part of our member perks program, offering efactory clients 25% Access Class registrations throughout the year.

As part of our partnership with Leadership Springfield, all Leadership Springfield participants who go on to join the Leadership Springfield Alumni Membership will receive a free efactory day pass, 10% off efactory room reservations, and 10% off Missouri SBDC at MSU training events.

Our Partner Program

Our corporate partner program is designed for organizations committed to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development in southwest Missouri. Partners receive valuable annual benefits along with their support of efactory programs and economic impact.

Contact us today to learn more about what it means to be an efactory partner.

Four Companies Selected for Cohort 5 of the efactory Accelerator

July 7, 2021Members, News

Four Companies Selected for Accelerator Cohort 5

Meet the teams chosen for Cohort 5 of the efactory’s accelerator program

Meet the Companies: Cohort 5

The efactory is excited to welcome four great companies to Cohort 5 of the accelerator program. As part of the program each company will receive capital investment along with specialized support and curated programming to equip them with the resources needed to disrupt the status quo and build thriving businesses.

Make plans to hear from the teams at Meet the Founders: Cohort 5 on August 3.

AgButler

AgButler is a gig economy platform that serves as a solution to a rural labor shortage in America. The app provides on-demand jobs giving farmers and ranchers access to a high-quality labor force while boosting rural economies. Similar to “ride sharing” technology, AgButler allows farmers, ranchers and/or agribusinesses to connect with available laborers filtered by location, ratings, work experience and availability, all done within a secure payment structure organized in the app.

AgButler is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Connect with AgButler and founder Kevin Johansen.

MiddleCoast Solutions

MiddleCoast Solutions’ goal is to design, produce and distribute web-based applications for correctional environments, with a specific focus on public safety. Owners Nic and Ali Lamphear, as well as their perpetual employee of the month Dusty Klinger, have over 40 years of experience in software design and development. What really sets this company apart is that all three team members also have backgrounds in law enforcement. This makes MiddleCoast Solutions uniquely positioned to tackle corrections and public safety issues using modern technology.

Get in touch with the MiddleCoast Solutions team and connect with founders Ali Lamphear and Nic Lamphear.

Tipper Mobile

Tipper Mobile aims to liberate content monetization on social media. Many content creators have a large enough following to earn money via Tipper, but not enough to monetize through traditional social media sponsorships and partnerships. Tipper allows users to support their favorite creators. 

Connect with Tipper Mobile and founder Jahbarie Jefferson.

Vendux

Vendux is a matchmaker placing seasoned sales executives from the nation’s largest, pre-vetted community into companies facing growth challenges and having a sales leadership void. We disrupt by offering start-ups, scale-ups, and SMB’s an alternative to the measures traditionally taken to address challenges in sales: executive recruiting, training, consulting. If finding a skilled, experienced sales leader is a top priority, it is the ideal time to contract an interim executive: They are available within a few days, they have extensive experience in building and growing sales teams, and they can be fractional or part-time, and you only pay for what you need.

Connect with Vendux and founder Henning Schwinum.

efactory Announces Partnership with PitchSavior

July 6, 2021News

efactory Announces Partnership with PitchSavior

The company is offering an exclusive discount to efactory members

A New Partnership with PitchSavior

We’re excited to add a new platform to our efactory member perks program – PitchSavior!

PitchSavior is the smart way to building a winning pitch deck. The smart template packages save companies valuable time, money, and headaches when it comes to creating beautiful and effective presentations.

PitchSavior Savings

As part of the efactory’s member perks program PitchSavior is offering a 40% discount on all templates for efactory members.

Additional Perks

The PitchSavior discount is one of several exclusive perks available to efactory client companies. Members are also eligible for savings from Google, Amazon Web Services, HubSpot, and more.

efactory & Missouri SBDC at MSU Launch “Supercharge Southwest Missouri” Initiative

June 30, 2021News

efactory & Missouri SBDC at MSU Launch "Supercharge Southwest Missouri" Initiative

The new program leverages a network of supporters and services to supercharge entrepreneurs, small business owners and innovators throughout southwest Missouri.

It's Time to Supercharge Southwest Missouri

The efactory and Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University are excited to announce the launch of Supercharge Southwest Missouri.

Supercharge Southwest Missouri is a collaborative, regional initiative designed to address the significant challenges facing entrepreneurs, business owners and innovators as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and directly support the needs of building and sustaining an entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Through the grant funded program, participants unlock access to no-cost resources including business consulting, executive level mentorship networks, on-demand training and office hours with attorneys, accountants and other professionals.

Starting today, participants can sign up for business consulting, mentorship and office hours. A full suite of on-demand programming will be available beginning this fall as part of the program. 

More than 30 organizations have already signed on as Supercharge Southwest Missouri Supporters. Supporters share our commitment to supercharging the region by providing resources and support services to entrepreneurs, business owners and innovators within their networks. Learn more about becoming a Supercharge Supporter. 

“Southwest Missouri is truly where dreams come true. It’s the best place to start and grow your business and full of opportunities. As the front door to the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, we are excited to partner with so many supporters to supercharge our region and economic recovery efforts.”

“This initiative would not be possible without the support of the Missouri Technology Corporation. MTC funding has allowed us to scale quicker than would have otherwise been possible, allowing us to serve more clients in southwest Missouri. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have a partner in innovation and are excited about the future of supercharging southwest Missouri. 

Rachel Anderson
Director, efactory

Supercharge Southwest Missouri is funded by a Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program (MOBEC) grant award from the Missouri Technology Corporation. The program is powered by the efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Missouri State University. 

About 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 the center’s network of programs support both large and small businesses throughout southwest Missouri.

About Missouri SBDC at MSU

With offices located in Springfield and West Plains, the Missouri SBDC at MSU offers one-on-one consulting and training to business owners and leaders. As part of the efactory’s business support program, the MSU SBDC helps accelerate Missouri’s economy by offering business consulting, training, and workforce development solutions. The Missouri SBDC is part of a larger state and nationwide network of business resource programs, funded in part through the University of Missouri Office of Extension and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About MTC & MOBEC

The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies. 

The Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity program (MOBEC) is a cornerstone of MTC’s investment strategy. Through the MOBEC program, MTC makes strategic investments that expand the support system for entrepreneurs that are commercializing new technologies or that enhance the capacity of Missouri to grow its innovation economy. 

The Missouri Technology Corporation works closely with Missouri’s Department of Economic Development. Together the two entities focus on supporting entrepreneurs, innovation, and job creation throughout the state. 

Rob Fulp Hired as MSU Executive in Residence

June 28, 2021News

Missouri State Hires First Executive in Residence

Rob Fulp will use business experience to help students and the university.

Missouri State University alumnus Robert Fulp is joining the university as its first executive in residence.

Fulp will work with the College of Business, the efactory and the Missouri State University Foundation.

Fulp credits Missouri State and his advisor and mentor Ralph Manley for giving him the start that allowed him to be successful in his business career.

“I’ve been blessed to have great mentors and friends who have done special things for me over the years, and I am anxious to pay it forward,” said Fulp. “I’ve been fortunate to have a successful banking career. My plan is to share my passion, work ethic and team concept with the students at Missouri State University.

“I want to take my success and make a significant impact on students. I look forward to sharing my journey with them, and to better prepare them when they leave this campus.”

Fulp's Role

Fulp will help the College of Business with curriculum enhancement, guest lecturing, alumni and student relations, career advising and partnership development.

At the efactory, we’re excited to have his support throughout Cohort 5 of the accelerator program and for ongoing client assistance and mentorship.

He will also help the university expand its business connections in the community.

“Rob Fulp has a long history with Missouri State University,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “His love of the university and experience and roots in Springfield’s business community will help our students in the College of Business and entrepreneurs at the efactory.

“The is the first time the university has hired an executive in residence and I believe this partnership will be a great match.”

About Rob Fulp

Fulp earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from Missouri State. He’s worked in the banking industry for more than 40 years. He spent his last 10 years as chief executive officer for Springfield First Community Bank.

Fulp has a long history with Missouri State University. He currently serves on the Missouri State Foundation Executive Board and the College of Business Executive Advisory Board. He’s previously served on the Alumni Association Board.

He received the 2018 Missouri State Golden Bear Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the College of Business at Missouri State.

Fulp is active in the community and currently serves as the vice chairman of the CoxHealth Board of Directors. He is also on the boards for Springfield-Branson National Airport, Every Child and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

Fulp received the Missourian Award in 2016, which is given to the most accomplished citizens of Missouri. He has been one of 417 Magazine’s BIZ 100 top businesspeople for the past five years.

Read the full release from Missouri State News.

Meet a Member: Scott Harned

June 21, 2021Members, News

Meet Scott Harned: CEO and Founder of Harvest

Scott Harned is Founder and CEO of Harvest, an Amazon Brand Builder agency that helps brands launch and grow on the Amazon platform using creative strategies, paid advertising, and proven analytics. Harvest features a host of services such as account management, optimization, photography, and advertising that help scale and grow your business on Amazon. 

Scott is a natural entrepreneur who began flipping and selling products out of his apartment during his time in college. Scott learned how to sell anything from shoes to electronics on the Amazon platform. Those experiences allowed him to learn what it takes to grow a brand and be successful in selling on Amazon. He slowly began to offer his services in and around the Springfield area, and it took off from there. In 2019, Scott was able to move from working full-time in ministry to focusing 100% of his efforts on growing his business, Harvest! Moving full time to building his company was a big leap, and Scott noted that it was only possible with his gracious wife by his side.

Curious about growing your brand and selling on Amazon? Schedule your free consultation to get answers to questions you have about Amazon!

What problem do you help people solve?

We help brands navigate the depths of the Amazon platform. We offer proven strategies to develop brands that customers trust!

What do you love most about what you do?

I love being able to create meaningful relationships with my clients and to create a positive client experience. What gets my juices flowing is when we are scaling a brand on Amazon that leads to creating an additional revenue source for that brand which, in turn, produces more jobs while having a greater impact through product reach!  

Meet a Member: Jace Thomas

June 10, 2021Members, News

Meet a Member: Jace Thomas

Meet Jace Thomas: CEO and Co-Founder of Hiperion

Jace is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hiperion, a software development and prototyping agency based in the Midwest. Hiperion specializes in long-term technical partnerships and provides custom software, mobile app, and cloud application development as well as big data software analytics, and iOT development and creation. The Hiperion team is currently self-producing a few really exciting projects and are competing in Elon Musk’s XPrize Carbon Removal Contest. No big deal, just a Springfield startup competing for a small $100 million prize! 

Jace launched Hiperion in mid 2020 as a chatbot marketing software company. It wasn’t long after that when he connected with Seth Kitchen, a fellow entrepreneur and Founder of Collaboarator, after seeing some of the cool projects Seth was involved in. Jace made the easy decision to work with Seth and together the two have grown Hiperion at a rapid rate. 

Interested in working with the Hiperion team on your next project? Schedule your free consultation today to get started!

What do you love most about what you do?

  I love owning small portions of exciting tech startups and the possibility of massive growth!

What problem do you help people solve?

Hiperion helps businesses bring their concept to life and works as a technical partner to promote the scale and growth of your company.