Innovation-Led

Chrystal L. Graves of Liquid Hair Institute

How a Missouri Hair Stylist Went from Salon Owner to Tech Founder

Successfully starting, growing and transforming a business is a journey filled with hurdles, triumphs and lessons learned—especially when it comes to leveraging your brick-and-mortar experience to create a tech startup. Chrystal L. Graves has plenty of experience chasing and achieving her entrepreneurial dreams, from building a roster of clients as an...

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Luke Phelps and the Vroom Solar team

How This Missouri Startup Is Bringing Solar Power to Rural America

Sometimes, the idea for a new business is right under your nose. That was certainly the case for Luke Phelps’s Vroom Solar, which came about when he saw a need for power in remote and mobile situations in rural Missouri. But let’s back up a bit to see when this idea...

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A chicken at a farm

What Is Value-Added Agriculture, and How Can It Make a Huge Difference in Your Business?

What if there were a way for farmers and agriculture producers to enhance their profitability and diversify their product offerings. You’re in luck … there is! In recent years, value-added agriculture, as it’s called, allows those tied to ag to add value to their agricultural products, tap into new markets,...

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St. Louis downtown skyline featuring the Arch

Which 9 Missouri Companies Made Inc.’s List of Best Workplaces for 2023?

Inc. Magazine is out with its 2023 Best Workplaces list, and nine companies in Missouri made the cut — ranging from a tech firm that offers communication software for churches to a real estate company that specializes in student housing. The magazine honored 591 companies across the nation. To qualify, companies...

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A view of Columbia, Missouri

Opportunity for Budding Missouri Tech Startups as Scale VC Closes Second Fund

Scale VC, a venture capital fund based in Columbia, Missouri, has announced the closing of a $5 million fund that will invest in and support early-stage tech founders. Through the new fund, Scale VC will invest $50,0000-$150,000 in 30-40 companies over the next three years. The new fund includes a $1 million...

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Dave Alburty and Ann Packingham of Innovaprep LLC

How a Missouri Tech Startup Became a Key Player in the Global Fight against COVID

Dave Alburty isn’t afraid to think outside of the box. When he started his business, he didn’t want to live close to work. He wanted to work close to home. “I chose Drexel, Missouri, for my first company because I wanted to start a company where I wanted to live,” he...

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$700K USDA RISE Grant Primes Green Hills RPC, MOSourceLink to Grow Agriculture Jobs in NW MO

MOSourceLink and Green Hills Regional Planning Commission have teamed up to create more opportunities in agriculture entrepreneurship in Northwest Missouri.

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How a Small Town Tech Startup Became a Key Player in the Global Fight against COVID

Thanks to several entrepreneurial resources in Missouri, InnovPrep was ready when opportunity knocked during the pandemic.

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MO Tech Startups Add 74% More New Jobs in 2021 vs. 2020, Number of Total Startups Rises

The newest MOSourceLink "Show Me Jobs" report highlights an increase in the number of startups, jobs and wages in Missouri.

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Events and Classes to Grow Your Missouri Business after the Pandemic

These upcoming classes around Missouri can help grow your business.

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