417 Magazine Congratulates Dake Wells Architecture on Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Award

417 Magazine is a top five finalist for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2024 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award!

by Jamie Thomas

May 01 2024 at 1 p.m.

417 Magazine team
Photo courtesy Springfield Area Chamber of CommerceThe 417 Magazine team attend the 2024 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award ceremony.

417 Magazine is proud to be counted in the top five finalists at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award! This award recognizes small businesses and their impact on our local economy, and we made the list along with other finalists Dake Wells Architecture, Ireland Architects, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center and Volt Credit Union.

“I'm incredibly proud of our team,” says 417 Magazine Publisher and owner Logan Aguirre. “They bring their best and brightest minds and hearts and creativity each day."

A huge congratulations from the 417 team to Dake Wells Architecture for taking the top spot at this year’s awards.

We wouldn’t have been selected as finalists without you, our audience. Thank you for reading, subscribing, engaging, attending our events, giving us feedback and giving us a community to cheer.

"We are passionate about cheering for our region and always pointing to what's best and what's next,” says Aguirre. “417 is just a reflection of all the amazing things people are doing to make this such a great place to live, work and play. It's a joy to produce content that is inherently positive that inspires others to live a life of purpose, pride, passion and experiences in 417-land.”

Chamber Announces 2024 Small Business Award Finalists

Press release courtesy Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, March 2024
Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce has announced five area businesses as 2024 finalists for the annual W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award. The finalists were selected based on written applications covering company history, management philosophy, responses to challenges, innovation in product and service offerings and contributions to the community. Entries were reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges.

In alphabetical order, this year’s finalists are:

417 Magazine: Owned by Logan Aguirre, 417 Magazine embodies entrepreneurial spirit and community engagement, originating from the career change of journalists Gary and Joan Whitaker. The magazine features positive regional content and highlights connections through their various platforms.
Dake Wells Architecture: Established in response to a need for local entrepreneurial ventures, Brandon Dake and Andrew Wells founded Dake Wells Architecture in 2004. The firm has maintained its commitment to core values while experiencing significant growth.
Ireland Architects: Under Stephanie Ireland’s leadership, Ireland Architects evolved from a one-person drafting service to a respected architectural firm. The company has contributed to the community through meaningful partnerships with non-profits.
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center: Originating in 1937 with a vision for community events, the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center has grown into a modern complex hosting over 100 events annually, serving as an entertainment and community hub.
Volt Credit Union: Founded in 1935 as Springfield MFA Employees Credit Union, the institution now known as Volt Credit Union has expanded its membership and services, currently serving nearly 7,000 members in the Springfield area.

Representatives of the finalist companies will participate in a panel discussion at the Chamber’s Good Morning, Springfield! event on April 4. They will also be celebrated during the Chamber’s Small Business Award event on May 1 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, which culminates with the announcement of the 2024 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award recipient. The event will feature keynote speaker Jackie Stiles, the renowned former Missouri State women’s basketball player, emphasizing the importance of hard work, determination and self-belief.

For more information about the Small Business Award event, visit