SBJ Publishing presents Business by the Book

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 9:00 am

The Missouri Literary Festival is proud to announce SBJ Publishing Inc., parent of Springfield Business Journal and Joplin Tri-States Business Journal, as presenting  sponsor of the Business by the Book luncheon, featuring business writers Bo Burlingham, Norm Brodsky and Springfield’s own Jack Stack.


“This is a perfect pairing,” said Literary Festival Board Chairman William Brandon Bowman. “We have the finest resources of business information in the region – Springfield Business Journal and Joplin Tri-States Business Journal – presenting some of the finest minds in American business strategy.”


Tickets for Business by the Book, held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Hammons Field Indoor Training Facility, are $35, including lunch, and may be purchased at Business by the Book tickets also provide general admission to the three-day Missouri Literary Festival.




NORM BRODSKY is a veteran entrepreneur who has started numerous businesses, including a three-time Inc. 500 company.  In December 1995, he began sharing his street-smart advice in a regular Inc. column co-authored with Bo Burlingham.  Last year, the column was – for the second time – a finalist for a National Magazine Award.  In October 2008, Portfolio/Penguin published “The Knack: How Street Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Anything That Comes Up,” by Brodsky and Burlingham.  Brodsky sold his company in a leveraged buyout in December 2007.


BO BURLINGHAM is the author of “Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big” and an editor-at-large for Inc. magazine. Burlingham also collaborated with Jack Stack — co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Co. and the pioneer of open-book management – on the “The Great Game of Business” and “A Stake in the Outcome.” 


JOHN P. (JACK) STACK is president and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation in Springfield and author of “The Great Game of Business,” the seminal work on open-book management, and “A Stake in the Outcome.” SRC, with sales of $300 million a year and 800+ employees, started out as an International Harvester plant. In 1983, plant manager Stack and the SRC employees bought the company, using open-book management to create what Inc. magazine proclaimed “one of America’s most competitive small companies.” Inc. has also called Stack the “smartest strategist in America” and Fortune Small Business Magazine has listed him among the “top 10 minds in small business.”

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.

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