Catherine Bass Black walks the talk as she provides leadership and creates impact in civic and community efforts through her work with Bass Pro Shops. Black helped develop an initiative for Bass Pro associates to volunteer, worked to design a philanthropy web-based application system for nonprofit donation requests and played a key role in the launch of the Bass Pro Cares Fund to help associates in need nationwide. Black says the fund, which provided support for more than 1,500 associates in 2017 – many of whom were impacted by hurricanes Harvey or Irma – is her proudest and most rewarding accomplishment. In addition to her role at Bass Pro, Black also advises the recruitment and hiring for the new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? I volunteer on the boards with several organizations, including Ozark Greenways and Junior League.
What is your best productivity hack? I schedule everything. If it’s not in my Outlook calendar, did it even happen?
What do you miss most about the 1990s? Waiting for film to be developed. It was exciting to get back developed pictures.
What did you learn the hard way? Being super busy and working late hours are not a badge of honor. Quality time spent is far more important than quantity of time spent.
Have you ever met a celebrity? My husband and I spent a week with Michael Buble and his wife on our honeymoon.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.