Women Who Mean Business

Meet the 2024 Biz 417 Women Who Mean Business

Each year, Biz 417 chooses five women who are guiding southwest Missouri into the future.

Jordan Blomquist

Mar 2024

Biz 417's Women Who Mean Business 2024 Winners
Photo by Brandon Alms Purchase Photo

This year’s Women Who Mean Business honorees were selected from reader nominations. We’re inspired by their confident leadership, optimistic resilience and ability to empower the people around them.

Do you know a woman who means business? Nominate her for our 2025 list.

Meet Our Honorees

Grenita Lathan

Dr. Grenita Lathan
Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools

Krystal Simon

Krystal Simon
CEO of Care to Learn

Laura Gates

Laura Gates
President of TransLand

Nancy Bogart

Nancy Bogart
Founder and CEO of Jordan Essentials

Sarah Adams Orr

Sarah Adams Orr
Owner of Adams Funeral Home

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