SHOW ME WOMEN. The Governor's Economic Summit: Show-Me Women in Business, takes place April 19 at the Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City. The registration fee is $50, and the deadline is April 9. The event offers a slate of 17 concurrent sessions on topics ranging from Basics of Starting a Business, to Financing for Expansion, to So You Think You're An Effective Communicator. Transportation will be provided to the Networking Reception, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. Other features of the event include business-focused exhibits, luncheon and door prizes. For more information or to register, contact the Missouri Women's Council at 573-751-0810 or
AND THIS LITTLE PIGGY features a delicious honey glaze. Chef Wesley J. Johnson, of Highland Springs Country Club, took top honors at the first-ever Ozarks Taste of Elegance chef's competition at the Sheraton Hawthorn Park Hotel Feb. 21, sponsored by the Missouri Pork Producers Association. Johnson won $1,000 and will represent the Ozarks in the 1999 national Taste of Elegance competition in Washington, D.C., April 26. His winning masterpiece: Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Asian Spices and A Broccoli Rice Egg Roll. Chef Andy Dirnberger, of the Radisson Hotel in Branson, placed second in the competition, and Tower Club Chef Brad Lyons placed third.
RISING STARS. The Springfield Business Journal will present 40 Under 40, a new special section spotlighting up-and-coming young professionals, in our April 19 issue. If your company has a rising star under the age of 40 who exemplifies leadership and dedication, as well as excellence in personal/professional development and community involvement or service, let us know. Send your nominations to Clarissa French, special sections editor, at PO Box 1365 Springfield 65801, by fax at 831-5478 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, phone number and company name, along with the nominee's name and title, phone and fax numbers and a statement about what makes the nominee a standout, including accomplishments, awards, certifications and community service. The deadline for submissions is March 22.
SCHOLARSHIPS NEEDED. The Economic Summit for Young Women, slated for March 15 at Southwest Missouri State University, is seeking sponsors to provide scholarships for young women to attend the event. Each $50 scholarship allows one teen girl from the Springfield area to attend. There are now 40 girls awaiting assistance. Key speakers for the event are Carol Jones, of Carol Jones, Realtors; Nikki Sells, of Express Personnel Services; and Patricia Vitello, senior vice president for First Card. Program provider Independent Means Inc. will offer certified trainers leading workshops designed to focus teen girls on the language, concepts and possibilities of entrepreneurship as a career and lifestyle. To sponsor a scholarship, or to volunteer as a facilitator for the event, call Carol Hamilton at 358-5530, or at the chamber, 862-5567.
THE SHARING OF THE GREEN. The Springfield St. Patrick's Day Parade has named two winners in this year's poster design contest. Austin Kittleman and Megan Platou, both students at Espy Elementary in Nixa, tied for first place and will serve as grand marshals for this year's parade, March 20 in downtown Springfield. Austin's design will be used on the posters promoting the parade and Megan's design will be on the official event T-shirt. More than 100 entries were received in this year's design contest. Meanwhile, registration for parade entries is continuing. There's no charge to be in the parade, but participants are asked to pre-register. Entries may be dropped off at Corner Printing, 411 S. Campbell. For more information on the parade, or how and where to register a parade entry, contact Pat Flanigan at Corner Printing, 865-6651.
SLICE OF NICE. The Kiwanis Club of Springfield South will hold its 33rd Annual Pancake Day March 11. Pancakes and sausage will be served 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the South Haven Baptist Church, 2352 S. Campbell. Proceeds from the event benefit local youth organizations. Charities supported in the past include the Children's Miracle Network, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch and Project Graduation. Tickets for the event are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Businesses can purchase a package of 10 tickets for $25. To order tickets or for more information, call 882-2040.
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