SCORE Mentors of Southwest Missouri and the Springfield-Greene County Library District have come together to create the annual E3 Women’s Conference focused on educating and empowering entrepreneurs. Our conferences are always full of educational and networking experiences.
SCORE: As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. SCORE Southwest Missouri mentors help entrepreneurs right here in our community develop their ideas, start their businesses, and maintain growth by passing on their knowledge in various industries to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Springfield-Greene County Library: The 10-branch Springfield-Greene County Library District houses a broad collection of current and classic books, special collections, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and digital collections including e-books, movies, music, audiobooks and magazines. Entrepreneurs, nonprofits and business owners enjoy free use of conference and large meeting rooms; assistance from a foundation and nonprofit funding expert on staff; and a rich collection of online resources for demographic, market and business research to instructor-led classes in business, computer, marketing and creative skills.
We build the business-to-business and community-to-community linkages needed to grow local ownership and lasting livelihoods from our deep rural roots. Collaboration is essential. Organizations working as a team with New Growth and West Central Missouri Community Action Agency include the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, the Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College, St. Clair County Economic Development, and the University of Missouri Extension.
People Who Make It Happen
Bob Headlee - Chapter Chair
The majority of my business career was in the Grocery Industry. While going to college I was assistant manager for a regional grocery chain then after college I managed supermarkets for another regional grocery chain until I joined Fleming Companies, Inc. Starting as a counselor to supermarket owners, than as Sales Manager before being promoted to President of Fleming Foods of Nebraska located in Lincoln, Nebraska then being transferred to Joplin, Missouri as President of Fleming Foods of Missouri. I left Fleming Foods to purchase a supermarket, then six years later sold that business to a regional grocery chain. After selling the supermarket I joined MSW, Inc. a company that manufactured restaurant furnishing for chain restaurants where I served as New Business Development Director until my retirement.
Stacy Frye - Committee Chair
Stacey Frye is a SCORE Mentor and a Principal/CFO for ProCFO Partners. She works with small to medium sized businesses in a Fractional CFO capacity.Stacey has over thirty years of professional experience with twenty of those being in a CFO role. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with a broad range of industry experience.Stacey thrives in rapid growth companies and never backs down from a challenge. She spent 19 years as CFO for one company that grew from $11 million to over $100 million in revenues.
Cassie Potts - Committee Co-Chair
Cassie Potts is a business mentor & community builder for ambitious female entrepreneurs. She founded her business FEMastermind (Female Entrepreneur Mastermind) as a way to help lady business owners feel less isolated on entrepreneur island so they can connect with each other, build lifelong friendships, and grow their businesses together!
Her background in business consulting, digital marketing, and creative development has served her as she created marketing campaigns, launched podcasts, and planned large-scale business-focused events.
Through her free local Facebook group for 417 Female Entrepreneurs, she’s creating a community of women business owners who are excited to learn about and engage with each other every day.
She’s a mom to three wonderful little future lady leaders and recently celebrated her 10-year wedding anniversary with her Aussie husband. She loves collecting houseplants, creating at-home “fancy lattes”, and jamming out to her fave Dave Matthews songs.
Katy Pattison - E3 Presentations Committee
Katy Pattison manages the Schweitzer Brentwood branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library, and helps coordinate and promote the library district’s services for businesses. In her previous position, she co-led the informational campaign that secured the Christian County Library its first tax levy increase in more than 40 years and helped that library to receive the 2018 Missouri Library Association Public Relations Achievement Award. Katy firmly believes there’s a library service you don’t yet know about that will make your life better, and she can help you find it.
Mackenzie Scherer- E3 Marketing Committee
Mackenzie Scherer owns Brokesite Website Design as well as Mackenzie Scherer, LLC in which she provides consulting services to small businesses and Nonprofits. With over 10 years of experience she teaches technology to businesses in a way that is easy to understand. She also serves as the Ambassador and Marketing Chair, Webmaster, E3 Marketing Chair and Mentor for SWMO SCORE
Chloe Spencer - Marketing Manager
Chloe owns and operates her own Marketing Virtual Assistant business helping business owners and entrepreneurs from around the world create unique brands and marketing strategies to connect with their customers. As a content guru, her main focus is helping people convey their personalities in fun and authentic ways via websites and social media. Chloe also owns her own online crystal business, Gemini Co., that enables people to learn more about the intuitive side of their lives through crystals. Outside of work, Chloe enjoys writing for her blog, working on one of her many crafts, and planning her next trip around the world.
Mary Overbey - Administrative Assistant
Mary is the Founder and Chief Innovator of Borealis Consulting, LLC. She works as an ecosystem builder, a small business consultant, a micro loan broker, and a non-profit consultant. Borealis Consulting, LLC was born to bridge gaps identified within the small business ecosystem, and to assist business focused organizations as they strive to do the same.
Lydia Paasch - Treasurer
I live in Springfield MO, with my husband, 3 teenage children and our dog, Buttercup. I own and operate an accounting firm, MLP Accounting & Consulting, LLC, where we focus on educating and assisting our clients create a profitable and sustainable business.
My education includes BS in Accounting, Advanced Certified in QuickBooks Online and Desktop, a Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB), and a Certified Profit First Professional.
I am an Enneagram 8 which means I am very passionate about righting injustices and protecting the defenseless, so I spend a lot of my time (when I’m not working) volunteering in the community with causes such as: fostering and child abuse prevention, sex trafficking awareness and rescue programs, Women’s rights and Black Lives Matter.
At the end of the day though, as an Introvert and a huge fan historical fiction, I love to curl up with a cup of chia tea and either reading a well written historical novel or watching my favorite period piece film or TV show (Outlander, anyone?) to recharge my batteries.
Justyn Pippins - Diversity Chair
Justyn is a longtime member of Minorities in Business and a passionate leader in the field of diversity and inclusion. Most recently, he had a high level leadership and diversity conference in Springfield featuring New York Times best selling author Stedman Graham.
Katie Hopkins is the Adult Programming Coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She oversees and supports staff with designing learning opportunities for adults across the library district, including author visits, lecture series, workshops, DIY classes, and more. She also serves on the library district’s Inclusion Committee and recently co-wrote a successful grant to make library programs and buildings more accessible to individuals with sensory processing challenges. She believes in the power of lifelong learning and the unique empowerment that The Library’s partnership with SCORE brings to small business owners.
Arianna is an inventor and three time brand ambassador for Daymond Johns from shark tank. She has a passion for helping other in the community. This led her to start the Ozark Community garden to give to those in need.
Zack Wilson - Dynamic EMCC Duo
Zack Wilson is the Marketing and Youth Development Coordinator for the Drew Lewis Foundation, where he serves to help increase the quality of life of undeserved communities. He also served for several years as the host of Visioncon, Inc. along with other conventions, renaissance festivals and more throughout Missouri. He has always firmly believed that business and fun do not have to be mutually exclusive
Tiffany Frost - Volunteer Coordinator
Heather Noggle has built a 25-year career in technology crafting all kinds of data into organized, actionable knowledge and stories. Key roles: export compliance work, cybersecurity advocate, professional geek speak translator, cancer survivor enthusiast, church trumpet player, wife, mom, and an owner of Global Wizard and Codistac, her “retirement” consultancy helping business owners navigate technology.
I am a Springfield local, where I continue live with my husband, two children and two dogs. I attended collage at MSU, obtaining my degree in Accounting and Human Resources. I worked in non profit Accounting for seven years and Human Resources for 13 years. I attended the Academy of Hair Design to learn how to provide excellent hair services and now have my own salon, Lavender Lounge Hair Studio, located inside Sola Salons. I love creating a custom experience for each of my clients.