Business of the Year

2016 – 2017 SBW Business of the Year
Ragar Banners by Design
Congratulations! 

Myrna Ragar

Myrna Ragar

Ragar Banners is a woman owned  and operated business with thirty-two years of experience in supplying promotional graphics and products for a wide variety of clients. Myrna Ragar started her business in 1983, designing banners for area schools and athletic teams. For three decades, Ragar Banners’ reputation has grown, and their work has been shipped to Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Florida, California, New York, Kansas, and Missouri. In Sedalia, Ragar Banners’ work can be seen at Amtrak depot, Horace Mann School, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, both Smith-Cotton Junior and High Schools, the Farmers Market and Break Time stores.

Ragar Banners is often a beehive of activity and creativity. While Myrna performs the design work, her staff oversees orders and deliveries. Ragar Banners offers flexible work hours for their team. Their staff attends numerous conferences and seminars to market their products, as well as promote the business and the staff’s professional development.

Ragar Banners has donated many hours and dollars-worth of art to local causes including the Literacy Council, the Katy Depot, the Chamber of Commerce, area school districts, Rotary Club, CASA , and others. Myrna encourages her team to give back to the community through membership in civic organizations, board memberships, and event committees.

Myrna Ragar is an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church, founding member of the Sedalia Visual Arts Association, the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, the American Business Women Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters. Previously, she served on Sedalia’s Sesquicentennial committee and was a board member of the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society. She is often called on to judge art events in the area.

She has been married to Stan Ragar for over fifty years, has two children—Brett and Stacey, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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2015 – 2016 SBW Business of the Year
Starline Brass
Congratulations! 

Starline Brass, Robert and Barbara Hayden

Starline Brass, Robert and Barbara Hayden

Robert & Barbara Hayden moved to Sedalia from the State of California in 1992. They built and opened Starline, Inc. shortly after.  Starline is a family owned and operated business that  prides itself on producing the highest quality brass case available. With a production process focused on quality not quantity Starline makes the finest brass and has for more than thirty years.

Barbara is president and CEO of the company and is described as compassionate, generous, friendly and an excellent role model.

Starline Brass has long been a very generous supporter of many organizations and groups in Sedalia/Pettis County area. Their generosity has been extended to the Sedalia Animal Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, CASA, Child Safe, Boy Scouts of America, Pettis County Juvenile, Retrieving Freedom, Liberty Center, Trails End, Missouri State Fair Foundation/Missouri State Fair, Show Me Christian Youth Home, Applewood Christian School, Pettis County Jr. Livestock, West Central Missouri Veterans, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Ducks Unlimited Sedalia Chapter, Salvation Army, Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation, United Way, Central Missouri Ag Club, State Fair Friends of the NRA, Breaking Barriers for Prader-Willi Syndrome Local Chapter, Children’s Therapy Center, Missouri 4-H Foundation, Sacred Heart School/Sacred Heart Foundation, and Sedalia 200 School District.

Starline has 74 employees and work to accommodate needs of those employees allowing them adjustments in work time to accommodate life situations. Employees are encouraged to participate in community projects and many are serving on boards of community groups and volunteering as firefighters in our area.

After six full months with Starline, all fulltime employees have the opportunity to participate in a 401k program and matches funds up to a certain percentage.

The Hayden’s have been a great asset to our community and many members of the community have benefited in some way from the many aspects they have given to our community! We are so lucky to have them as part of Sedalia/Pettis County, and Sedalia Business Women would like everyone to join them in thanking the Hayden’s for their generosity.

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2014 – 2015 SBW Business of the Year
Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop
Congratulations! 

SBW is pleased to announce the selection of Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop as the 2014-2015 Employer of the Year.

Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop, is owned by David and Rhoda Moore and operated by Dave and Rhoda, their son Kevin and his wife Melinda, their daughter Becky Leiter, and their longtime employee, Jonathan Rear.

Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop has a long history of giving to the local community. They are involved in community organizations, serve on community boards and are very involved in their church, donating both their time and resources. They support and organize campaigns within the community, helping in any way they can.

When these business owners, their family, and employees see a good community cause, they dig in and work hard to support it. They have, and continue to devote their efforts to many different organizations by providing flowers, plants, and other beautiful ideas for table decorations and prizes for fundraisers and events. They give freely of their time to these organizations and help within the organizations to plan and implement fundraisers and campaigns.

Dave and Rhoda say their goal in business is to give good customer service and higher quality plants than you can purchase elsewhere. Their goal in the community is to serve in any capacity they can, and that they do well.

They are modest about their giving and believe their business is only as good as their customers and the community they serve.

Congratulations, Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop, SBW’s 2014-2015 Employer of the Year.

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2013 – 2014 SBW Employer of the Year
Bothwell Regional Health Center
Congratulations!

SBW is pleased to announce the selection of Bothwell Regional Health Center as the 2013-2014 Employer of the Year. BRHC meets all of the criteria for this award as illustrated in the following points:

  • Leadership: Of their thirty directors seventeen are female.
  • There are opportunities for advancement. Bothwell sponsors an internal job posting system and encourages employees to take advantage of promotion opportunities. Many training opportunities are offered at the department and organizational level.
  • They support federal laws in place to grant parental leave for child birth, adoption, and illness, and regular full and part time employees earn generous sick, vacation, and holiday benefits.
  • They provide opportunities for Development for New Talent. Bothwell is an active partner with State Fair Community College and local middle and high schools. They work with educational professionals in the region to identify students interested in healthcare career opportunities. Many programs and services are sponsored by the hospital to support prospective healthcare workers.
  • They have a Business and School Agreement for Resources and training. In addition to serving as a clinical rotation site for many healthcare programs in the region, the hospital offers the opportunity for business and health information management students to job shadow and work as interns.
  • Community Involvement is evident as Bothwell supports a variety of groups and activities throughout their Pettis and Benton County service areas, especially those activities that promote healthy lifestyles. For instance, they provide athletic trainers at no cost for school teams in Sedalia District 200, Warsaw, and Cole Camp. They underwrite the cost of matching funds for EBT customers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Sedalia Farmers Market they provide Safe Sitter, CPR and smoking cessation classes, and participate in multiple health fairs throughout the year, including several at major employers, and
  • Bothwell encourages and is supportive of employee involvement in the community. They run an active in-house United Way campaign and employees help with screenings and provide health nutrition information at various health fairs.

Congratulations, Bothwell Regional Health Center, SBW’s Employer of the Year, and thank you for providing exceptional care, close to home.

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2012 – 2013 SBW Employer of the Year
Whiteman Air Force Base
Congratulations!

Whiteman Air Force Base is the home of the B-2 bomber, the most technologically advanced bomber in the world. But more significantly, Whiteman Air Force Base is the home to much more important assets – nearly 6,000 uniformed service members and civilian men and women volunteering to protect our freedoms, along with approximately 4,500 family members, and 900 civilian employees. The welfare of these men, women and children is the number one concern of every leader on Base. Numerous programs are offered to address needs the needs of the Airmen and their families in the areas of education, professional development, training and family support. A Professional Development Center is located on Base, along with classroom space for State Fair Community College, Park University, and Webster University. Whiteman also has an agreement with the University of Central Missouri for reduced fees and tuition for military members, retirees and their dependents. The Air Force also provides up to $250 of tuition assistance per credit hour for students pursuing their first bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

The Whiteman Child Development Center provides dependant care for approximately 160 children from 6 months of age to 5 years. Fees are set on a sliding scale based on the parents’ income. The Airman and Family Readiness Center operates special respite care programs for parents who need additional help or just need time to decompress. The Family Advocacy and Chaplains program is also available to provide flexible assistance and counseling.

Whiteman Air Force is a valued employer in the Sedalia area and is an important partner in our community. The Security Forces Squadron is Sedalia’s liaison squadron with over 600 young men and women ready and willing to volunteer on a local level. They have helped our community in many ways, including clean-up after the tornado last year, providing manpower on homes with Habitat for Humanity, and providing support with their Honor Guard and participation in local parades.

Congratulations Whiteman Air Force Base! We are proud to have you as an integral part of our community.

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2011 – 2012 SBW Employer of the Year
U.S. Bank
Congratulations!

Sedalia Business Women selected U.S. Bank as the 2011-12 Employer of the Year. SBW member Julia Bowers nominated U.S. Bank and Branch Manager Joyce Taylor for the award because of the work environment and employee opportunities for women. Eight out of nine managers in the Sedalia area are female.

U.S. Bank offers a comprehensive sick leave, vacation, and holiday schedule. Employees can use sick leave for themselves or their immediate family. Employees have flexible schedules and the ability to trade schedules within their job function.

The U.S. bank philosophy of career progression and training encourages personal development for both lateral and vertical career opportunities. The bank offers extensive training via web, conference calls, and in-house for all job functions. Leader Forums offer leadership development opportunities to connect, learn, share best practices, and collaborate with leaders across the company on a variety of topics.

In addition, U.S. Bank offers dependent care accounts. The Bank offers maternity leave of two weeks before delivery, and eight weeks after the baby is delivered for both moms and dads.

U.S. Bank supports United Way, backpack for schools, and hosts a Make a Difference Day. Employees also work the charity auction at State Fair Community College Foundation and Boys and Girls Club. After one year of employment, U.S. Bank provides eight hours of paid time to volunteer locally.

Employer of the Year 2011-2012 is presented with honor to U.S. Bank

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2010 – 2011 SBW Employer of the Year
SYLVIA G. THOMPSON RESIDENCE CENTER
Pam Osburn, Administrator
Congratulations!

Sedalia Business Women Recognized Sylvia G. Thompson Residential Center as the 2010-2011 Employer of the Year. One of the reasons SBW Member Dianne Simon nominated Sylvia G. Thompson is because of employment opportunities for women at all levels, including management. Of 105 total employees, 98 are women. All management staff are women, including Administrator, Director of Nursing, Clinical Care Manager, Charge Nurses, Human Resources, Food Management and Environmental Resources

SGTRC has a goal of improving employee’s skills with on the job training and by providing educational incentives. SGTRC has offered and has provided certified nurse’s aid training to prospective employees, and has covered the costs for current employees to take the next step and become certified medication technicians. They also offer a scholarship and educational loan program for current employees wanting to further their education. Currently, two employees are taking advantage of this program. One is in the LPN program at Boonville, and one is applying for the RN program at SFCC.

SGTRC also works with SFCC to provide on-the-job training for SFCC students in the health occupation classes, including CAN and CMT classes, and the LPN, RN and Occupational Therapy programs.

The residential center offers employee benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, holiday pay and a retirement plan. Each month an employee is recognized with a monetary award and annually a larger award is given to the employee of the year. Other incentives are given throughout the year at various times to recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff.

SGTRC opened in 1992 with 12 skilled care beds and 24 residential care. They now provide skilled care for 90, with 30 more to be available in January. SGTRC will open a Memory Care wing dedicated to meeting the specific needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Sylvia G. Thompson donated three million dollars to build this facility to serve the elderly of Pettis County. She stipulated that the facility be furnished luxuriously and staffed lavishly to provide the highest quality of care attainable. With professionally decorated rooms and common areas and double staff that the state requires, the goal remains to ensure a superior quality of care and quality of life for our residents. The Administrator, Pam Osborn, has also made it a goal to take care of her employees.

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2009 – 2010 SBW Employer of the Year
Central Missouri Electric Cooperative
Congratulations!

On November 5, 2009, Central Missouri Electric Cooperative was recognized as Sedalia Business Women’s employer of the year. Central Missouri Electric Cooperative is a rural electric cooperative that has served member-owners in rural Pettis, Benton, and Saline Counties since 1938.

CMEC’s office is open five days a week, eleven hours a day to allow ample time for members needs. Office employees work four 10 hour days with rotating days off which allows many three and four day weekends. With cross training, employees are able to cover for each other, allowing for a more flexible work schedule.

The Cooperative usually promotes from within. Each job is considered important to fulfilling the cooperative mission. Each person is considered to be manager of his/her own job position and accepts responsibility for performing his/her job efficiently and effectively. Employees may be assigned additional duties/responsibilities based upon their initiative. CMEC pays competitive wages and reviews wages annually for salary increases.

CMEC provides a defined benefit pension to all employees. The Cooperative also offers a 401K plan and contributes 2% of gross wages if the employee contributes 1%. The Cooperative offers early retirement incentives to pay for medical insurance until the retiree reaches Medicare eligibility age.

CMEC has always been flexible and understanding when it comes to dependent health or other needs. The company provides dental, vision and health insurance for every employee at no cost. Dependent coverage is available and partially paid by the company with a minimal cost share paid by employees. Employees earn sick leave hours each year which can be accumulated.

Development plans are reviewed and employees are given an opportunity to work on special projects. Examples of special projects are coordinating the Annual Meeting, Wellness Program, Advertising (including radio spots), Member Services, Grass Roots Legislative, Web Design, and Youth Tour. Employees are encouraged to voice ideas they have to make improvements to operation of the company.

The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperative provides industry specific training for linemen and office staff. CMEC has an education policy that reimburses costs for classes related to the employee’s position. Reimbursement is based on prior approval and acceptable completion of the class. Two employees are currently participating in this program, and one employee (and SBW member) graduated earlier this year from Central Methodist University with a bachelor degree in accounting. The company provides internships for students in related fields-office and linemen.

CMEC worked with State Fair Community College to qualify the college for an RUS interest free loan for their Multipurpose Building. CMEC’s manager and line superintendent participated on an advisory committee at State Fair Community College to offer advice on training needed and degree requirements for a lineman program the college was contemplating adding to their course schedule. Another employee (and SBW member) served on an advisory committee for the Business and Computer Technology program for high school students attending the college and an advisory committee for women in transition.

CMEC supports charitable organizations, community projects (economic development), schools, scholarships, and the A+ program (for elementary & high school students). The company sponsors community teams if employees or their children are on them. The Cooperative has sponsored fund-raising teams when employees are involved, such as the March of Dimes, Memory Walk, and Relay for Life. The Cooperative has been a corporate sponsor of both Memory Walk and Relay for Life. CMEC’s employees are encouraged to attend graduation and present eight $500 scholarships the Cooperative awards throughout their three county service area.

CMEC’s employees, along with employees from other cooperatives throughout Missouri, volunteer to work in the Missouri Electric Cooperative building on the fairgrounds during the Missouri State Fair. This year employees worked at the Our Energy, Our Future booth provided by Electric Cooperatives for the Tour of Missouri. CMEC participates in providing emergency assistance to other cooperatives during major storms for power restoration. These employees often out of state.

Sedalia Business Women are pleased to honor Central Missouri Electric Cooperative as the 2009-2010 Employer of the Year and extend congratulations to General Manager Darren Eckhoff and Office Manager Linda Fisher.

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2008 – 2009 Sedalia BPW Employer of the Year
State Fair Community College
Congratulations!

On November 6, 2008 State Fair Community College was recognized as Sedalia BPW employer of the year. The college employs 468 full and part time faculty and staff and student employees. Out of the 45 management staff, 32 are females.

State Fair Community College is a “family” of employees. Even though the college is quite successful with the business model they exhibit through strategic planning and technological advances, it still maintains an employee/family friendly workplace. State Fair Community College has an unprecedented 35-hour-work week for the non-exempt employees which entitle them to full benefits. The college has a lucrative vacation and sick leave policy and a shared sick leave program for employees with catastrophic illnesses. When possible, the college supervisors and employees may utilize a flexible schedule through arrangement with the HR Department.

SFCC has a full-time Professional Development Office that works jointly with the HR Office to coordinate development of employees on a consistent basis. The college provides 100 percent tuition waiver for employees and their qualified dependents who take courses through SFCC. Faculty and staff are recognized for educational achievement through annual reviews and when appropriate pay increases above the board of trustee annual adjustments.

The college has an on-site daycare for students, faculty, and staff. SFCC follows the Family Medical Leave Act for family and maternity leave.

SFCC participates in the Missouri State Teachers/Public Employers retirement system which is one of the most financially solid and stable in the country. Certified employees (faculty and professional staff) contribute 13 percent of their annual salary and the college matches this percentage, vesting occurs after five years of service. Non-certified employees (non-exempt) contribute 6.5 percent with the college matching 100 percent. The college also provides additional investment opportunities through the 403(b) plans.

SFCC thrives on the history of the past and the future through embracing new employees who have experiences prior to working at SFCC. Employee talents are valued at SFCC and are developed through mentoring of new faculty, employee associations, and human resource events that develop relationships.

SFCC promotes development of new talent and advancement opportunities via the SFCC Leadership Academy which provides an integrated approach to leadership development. SFCC also offers internal professional development opportunities, which are open to all SFCC employees interested in advancing talent, knowledge, and skills; and interested in activating change in educational environments. The employee’s experience is enhanced by the collegiality and professional relationships that are developed within the workshops and academies.

The college has a representative on the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Board. The majority of college employees contribute to the United Way campaign. Many employees are involved in local civic organizations and assist with their respective community projects. Student organizations, which are sponsored by SFCC employees, participate in many community projects such as family adoption during the holidays, adopt-a-highway, blood drives, and fundraisers for nonprofit organizations such as the March of Dimes. The college has a student service learning organization, sponsored by a faculty member, which organizes a service learning project in the community each year.

SFCC embraces community by serving a thirteen county region. SFCC encourages their faculty and staff to get involved in community programs. Part of the faculty and staff evaluations for performance includes a community service element.

Sedalia BPW is pleased to honor State Fair Community College as the 2008-2009 Employer of the Year and extend congratulations to Dr. Marsha Drennon and State Fair Community College.

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2007 – 2008 Sedalia BPW Employer of the Year
Child Safe of Central MO Inc.
Congratulations!

On November 1, 2007 Child Safe of Central MO Inc. was recognized as Sedalia Business Women business of the year.

Child Safe of Central MO Inc. is a Child Advocacy Center whose primary goal is to ensure that sexually abused children are not further victimized by the systems designed to protect them. This is accomplished by providing a child-focused, child-friendly environment where representatives from many disciplines – law enforcement, child protection, juvenile office, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy – work together, conducting forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases. On-site sexual abuse medical examinations are provided by specially trained physicians.

By providing this environment, children are not subjected to multiple, duplicative interviews by different professionals conducted in cold, sterile government buildings – such as interrogation rooms at law enforcement offices. As a result, more offenders are held accountable through improved prosecution of child abuse cases.

During 2006, over 350 abused (about 90% sexual abuse) children and their non-offending family members were served by Child Safe. This number has almost tripled since we opened in 2001, serving 108 children. All services are provided free-of-charge. Our primary funding (about 45%) comes from State General Revenue. We also receive grants for our Child Advocate positions (2) and some smaller grants which pay for specific needs. We receive United Way funding from both Pettis County and Saline County. We rely heavily on donations from individuals, community organizations, businesses, and fundraising to make up the rest of our budget.

Child Safe is non-profit and is governed by a Board of Director’s. A separate Program Board made up of service providers oversee daily operations and make recommendations concerning program and policy to the Board. Staff include: Executive Director, Forensic Interviewer, 2 Child Advocates, Office Manager and contracted medical providers.

Child Safe is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, the national accrediting agency for Child Advocacy Centers and of Missouri KidsFirst, the network of child advocacy centers in Missouri. Our Director, Carolyn Green, currently serves as President of the Board of Missouri KidsFirst and is a member of the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, a statewide 21 member task force charged with making recommendations to the Governor concerning children’s issues.

We are very proud to present our 2007 BPW Business of the Year Award to Child Safe of Central MO Inc.

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Employer of the Year Application can be found on the Resources page

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