An ownership change occurred April 10 for longtime retailer Computer Innovations. Chad Albert said he bought the 26-year-old business at 308 E. Republic Road from Steve and Carol Yates for an undisclosed price. The company, which Albert said changed its name in 2015 from Computer Renaissance, sells new and refurbished PC and Mac computers. It also offers off-site and in-store repairs and sells computer parts, cables and peripherals. Albert said he signed a five-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Tillman Properties LLC. He leads a staff of six in the 2,835-square-foot store. Albert said he has been involved in the information technology industry for over 25 years. That includes being the former senior vice president of technical operations at Healthcarefirst Inc., where he was a part owner before exiting in 2017. Albert said he became interested in buying Computer Innovations after learning that the Yateses want to retire.
Bee Flight Aerial Services
Ozark home-based company Bee Flight Aerial Services took flight on March 12. Owner William Kinner employed three for his business, which offers aerial photography and video production using drones. He said the company provides services for many purposes, including real estate photography, hotel promotions and social events, such as weddings. Kinner and his employees are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as well as insured. Startup costs are $23,000, he said, adding plans by 2023 to establish an office in Highlandville. Kinner said his father, who did aerial photography in the 1960s using remote-control airplanes and film cameras with timers, inspired him to start Bee Flight. After taking photos and videos for his friends using drones for the past three years, Kinner said he decided to launch his first business.
Ozarks Elder Law
Another office for Springfield-based Ozarks Elder Law LLC relocated this year with the firm’s May 1 move to Bolivar. Owner and managing attorney Lori Rook said the law firm is expanding into a larger space with its move to 640 E. Buffalo St. Rook declined to disclose the relocation costs or the rate of his one-year lease with DCBC LLC. The Bolivar office is open by appointment only. The company’s original San Martin Street location opened in early 2021 and marked its debut in Polk County, Rook said, noting that the previous space was temporary until a long-term office was found. With other offices in Springfield, Branson, Joplin, Lebanon, Marshfield, Nixa, Ozark and Republic, the firm handles the legal needs of the elderly and disabled. The company also moved its office to Nixa on June 1.