Arvest Bank Partners with OzSBI

Arvest Bank recently donated $6,000 to the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. For its support, Arvest Bank has a sign with its name installed in OzSBI’s large conference room and partners with OzSBI on providing educational workshops.  Representatives from Arvest Bank recently presented a check to OzSBI Staff. 

“We are very appreciative of Arvest’s contribution and look forward to working with their staff to create unique learning opportunities for small businesses in the area,” said OzSBI Executive Director, Heather Fisher. 



Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:03


OzSBI Receives $99,852 in Missouri Tax Credits

OzSBI has been awarded $99,852 in 50% tax credits by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Any individual or business with a Missouri tax liability is eligible to receive the 2018 tax credits by making a donation to OzSBI. Tax credits directly reduce the donor's state taxes by 50% of the donated amount, which is in addition to the standard state and federal charitable tax deductions.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 14:07


OzSBI Announces Business Highlights from 2018

OzSBI was an exciting place to be in 2018! Sixteen businesses resided within the incubator this year. Five new businesses moved into OzSBI while four businesses graduated out.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 14:09


OzSBI Board Welcomes New Directors

OzSBI recently welcomed three new OzSBI Board directors, Sam Currier with the Thayer Development and Improvement Organization, Juliet Cobb with ServiceMaster of West Plains and Myles Smith with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative. New directors are pictured with Ila Sloan, Financial Administrator at OzSBI, and Heather Fisher, OzSBI Executive Director.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 13:19


OzSBI Board Members Retire

(OzSBI) recently celebrated the retirement of three OzSBI Board of Directors, Dan Thompson, Brenda Smith and John Coleman. Thompson has served on the board for five years, most recently as chairman of the Board. Smith served eight years as the Board Secretary. Coleman served as a board member for nine years. Directors are pictured with Ila Sloan, Financial Administrator at OzSBI, and Heather Fisher, OzSBI Executive Director. (Not pictured: John Coleman)

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 13:18


Midwest Mobile Imaging is New OzSBI Tenant

Midwest Mobile Imaging (MMI) is a new tenant with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). MMI provides medical mobile imaging services for nursing home facilities and their patients. With locations in Springfield and now West Plains, MO, MMI services facilities from Thayer to the Springfield region. MMI is located in Suite 130 at OzSBI. For more information, visit

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 11:59


Innovative Chuckwagon Business Idea Wins First Place In Techstars Startup Weekend West Plains

A team of three Techstars Startup Weekend participants were selected as first place winners for their innovative business pitch for a “chuckwagon,” an on-the-go kitchen for campers. Over 40 people participated in Startup Weekend West Plains, which was held October 19-21 at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and learn how to build a company in a weekend. West Plains is the smallest city in the U.S. to host a Startup Weekend event.

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 14:45


Frankie Smith, Transforming Lives Counseling, LLC, Receives Microloan


Frankie Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor with Transforming Lives Counseling, LLC, recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) and Thayer Development Improvement Organization (TDIO). Transforming Lives Counseling offers mental health services and is located on the corner of 12th Street and Walker Avenue in Mammoth Spring, AR. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:52


MasterNodes.Pro is a New OzSBI Tenant

Jason Sponaugle, owner and developer of MasterNodes.Pro is a new tenant with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). Jason is located in OzSBI in Office 106.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:46


OzSBI Hosts Second Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurs will gather in West Plains, MO, October 19-21 for Techstars Startup Weekend. This 54-hour event will be held at OzSBI and will begin on Friday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m. and end Sunday, October 21st at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:09


OzSBI Welcomes ZCAPS Into Space

We're excited to have ZCAPS-West Plains at OzSBI during the 2018 school year! ZCAPS is a career readiness program with West Plains Schools - Home of the Zizzers. Students are fully immersed in a professional culture, solve real world problems and are mentored by actual employers.

OzSBI Executive Director Heather Fisher recently spoke with participating students about project and time management. The West Plains Industrial Development Corporation is sponsoring a work space at OzSBI for the ZCAPS students during their professionalism boot camp.

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:13


Mill Country Title Services, LLC, is a new OzSBI Tenant

Lindsay Collins with Mill Country Title Services, LLC (MCT), has made the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) home for a MCT West Plains location. Lindsay is located in OzSBI at 414 Washington Avenue, West Plains, MO, in Office 414. 

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:56


OzSBI Client Opens New Yoga Studio

Kandi Kimball, owner/instructor at ByrdByByrd Yoga and client of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, recently opened her new, full-sized yoga studio at 1536 Imperial Drive in West Plains. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 14:16


November Business Brief

OzSBI: Not Just for Startups

Since OzSBI is a “small business incubator,” it’s clear that we help new ventures get started. Through the right care and support they can grow strong and stand on their own. But I am frequently asked whether OzSBI also engages with existing businesses.  The answer is most definitely “yes.”

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 16:09


OzSBI Offering 2 Professional Development Courses in August

OzSBI Offering 2 Professional Development Courses in August


Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:53


Second New Tenant in June

Midwest Counseling and Assessment, owned by Dr. Jenny Long, joined OzSBI as a Tenant Business in June. Midwest Counseling and Assessment provides the region access to Psychological Assessments and Counseling in a discreet and professional atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on immediate access for psychological clearance of medical procedures for area physicians, in-office or online counseling services that offer clients discretion and privacy, and a wide range of psychological testing.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:35


June Business Brief


“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance…”   --Steve Jobs

The founder of Apple may not have been from the Ozarks, but Steve Jobs’s assertion has never been proven truer than it has been here in the last few weeks.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:33


2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

During EPIC, OzSBI’s Small Business Week celebration on May 2nd, the Entrepreneur of the Year was recognized.  Thirteen businesses were nominated for this prestigious award that recognizes an entrepreneur, who has demonstrated strong business growth, innovative business practices, and community contributions and involvement. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:25


New Tenant at OzSBI

Southern Missouri Surveying, owned by Tom Barnard, joined OzSBI as a Tenant Business in June.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:23


April's Business Brief

Show-Me Innovation and OzSBI

By Heather W. Fisher

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 13:48