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story.lead_photo.caption Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council logo, California, Mo.

The Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council kicked off its Central Missouri Business Leaders meeting series last Wednesday.

Occurring each month from 8:30-10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Grind Gathering Place, Central Missouri Business Leaders provides attendees with an opportunity for networking with other area professionals and a chance to hear from representatives of some of the region's more established businesses. This kicked off starting with Burgers' Smokehouse President Steven Burger.

Burger shared some of the breakthroughs and achievements that have combined to make Burgers' Smokehouse one of the county's largest employers. The company has climbed from humble beginnings to employing 400-500 individuals, depending on the season, at five plants across three states.

Burger spent much of his time discussing seasonality and the challenges it can bring, such as uneven revenue flow. Burger said one way Burgers' Smokehouse has combated this challenge has been through staying at the "top of mind" for customers even outside of busier seasons. Predominately, Burgers' has accomplished this by staying in touch with customers year-round, sending out email communications and catalogs frequently.

Burger also mentioned the importance of peer groups for individuals looking to find success in their business pursuits, which he said made Central Missouri Business Leaders a good resource.

Though meetings take place in California, attendees can hail from outside the city and even outside Moniteau County. The next Central Missouri Business Leaders meeting will take place Oct. 16.

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