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Hear from four exceptional professionals who are poised to become 417-land's next generation of leaders as they share their keys to success and what changes they'd like to see made in our community at Biz 417's B-School.

Get more from your Biz 417 experience at the B-School Breakfast Series presented by Elite Automotive Group and sponsored by Essential Strategies and Andy B's Restaurant and Entertainment. Network with the best in the biz over breakfast, then ask influential magazine contributors your burning questions in a panel-style discussion. B-School is the second Thursday of every other month.

Have a question for our panelists? Submit it here: [email protected]


Jeff Houghton
Host and Executive Producer, The Mystery Hour

Jeff Houghton has built his dream job in 417-land, but The Mystery Hour wasn’t always the success it is now. At B-School, you'll learn about the business side of the Emmy award-winning comedy show and Houghton's mission to make everyone love Springfield as much as he does, one hilarious skit at a time.

Joshua Widner
Co-owner, Scotch & Soda, Golden Girl Rum Club and Cherry Picker Package x Fare

Joshua Widner's cocktail empire almost didn't happen. Heading back home to 417-land was not the plan when Joshua Widner was finishing out his senior year of college, but when his job in Iceland fell through, that changed. Today Widner is a serial entrepreneur who has opened four bars before his 30th birthday. Discover Widner’s vision for 417-land’s future at B-School.

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership

Although she describes herself as risk-averse, Heather Hardinger will go out on a limb to try to fill Branson’s workforce needs. The Alaska native recently organized a trip to Puerto Rico so seven Branson employers could fill 300 positions. At B-School, learn how Hardinger adapts solutions from communities to work for Branson.

Catherine Bass Black
Head of Talent Acquisition and Community Affairs, Bass Pro Shops

Catherine Bass Black isn’t afraid to speak her mind or go after what she wants. That’s what led her from the nonprofit world to an executive recruiting firm. Hear what Black as to say about diversifying 417-land’s leadership at B-School on August 10.

Venue Information

1127 E. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 883-1234
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Organizer Information

Biz 417

2111 S. Eastgate Ave.
Springfield MO, MO 65809
(417) 883-7417

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