SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's a Springfield success story. From welfare and poverty to best selling author and entrepreneur, Jason Baudendistel is making waves in the business world. He was raised by a single mother, in poverty, with the odds stacked against him. Instead of letting it drag him down, he used it as fuel for a better life.
Baudendistel, 27, is a man of many talents.
"[I] started my first company. I look at it as a minor success because I got to work with some major artists from the music industry," he said.
"[I] spent a little while in the tech startup industry."
His latest project is one he started himself.
"What I do is I help people put together an Internet marketing strategy."
People are starting to notice. He's been named one of the top young entrepreneurs in the country.
"It is really awesome. It's a huge honor," Baudendistel said.
It's called the Empact 100. Empact's work, according to its website, "focuses on facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship in communities across the world through exposure, celebration and early stage start up support."