Open for Business: Ozarks Event Center


Ozarks Event Center
The Ozarks Event Center entertainment venue opened July 18 at 842 W. Guin Road in Nixa. Owner Marc Backes said he purchased the building and land from Excel Investments LP, noting that the 9,000 square foot space had been a shell for the past 14 years. His investment for its purchase and development was $1.3 million, he said. Backes said Construction Processing Co. LLC was the general contractor with Paragon Architecture LLC as the architect for the infill project. Ozarks Event Center, which has a full-service bar, provides space for gatherings including weddings, corporate events, charity fundraisers, and banquets. Additionally, Backes said the 476-person venue hosts cornhole competitions several nights a week. He said the event space was a natural addition to Ozarks Entertainment LLC, which he has owned since 2018. Ozarks Entertainment services include bingo games, casino facilities, DJ services, movie projectors and photo booths for private parties and fundraisers.
Call: 417-818-3638
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Zoomin Grooming
Missouri’s first franchise for Virginia Beach, Va.-based mobile pet grooming company Zoomin Groomin opened in Springfield on August 25. costs. The three-employee business serves dogs and cats of all sizes and breeds, offering baths, hair and nail trims, as well as ear, tooth and anal gland cleaning. Zoomin Groomin drives to clients’ homes in a conversion van equipped with grooming equipment, and her coverage area is Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Rogersville, she said. The founder of leadership development firm Ace Coaching Co. LLC, Readinger, said becoming a Zoomin Groomin franchisee was inspired by her family’s adoption of a dog amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she bought the franchise to provide a mobile grooming option for pet owners, including the elderly, the confined and those looking for convenience.
Call: 417-220-8177
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Agricultural RBW
Four years after its establishment, RBW Agricultural LLC launched a physical store on August 1 at 956 Highway 32 in Bolivar. Husband and wife Raymond and Britta Winfrey own the business, which employs six people and sells livestock handling systems, livestock feeding machinery, tractor and skid steer loader attachments, and a variety used agricultural equipment. RBW, which Britta Winfrey says incorporates her and Raymond’s initials in its name, also repairs and maintains farm equipment. The couple also own the Bolivar property, which was once a cattle pasture, Winfrey said, declining to disclose start-up costs. The store and office occupy 15,000 square feet, she said, adding that the equipment lot is about 4 acres. Winfrey said her husband started buying and selling used farm equipment as a weekend hobby before starting RBW in 2018. In the years since, she said they have continued to increase their stock of equipment, which was previously sold from their front yard.
Call: 417-422-4521
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