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Uber begins rideshare services in Columbia

Uber driver Dan Salter uses an iPhone to locate passengers during Uber's first day of operations in Columbia on Thursday. The online taxi business has stirred up regulatory questions in other cities.

The company agreed to offer free rides for the next weekwhile it works out an agreement with the city on how it will be regulated.

Tigers on the Prowl help charities raise money

Buy a tiger and help a Missouri charity was the theme of Tigers on the Prowl auction.

Loveless takes helm of development council

Former councilman says experience from City Council, Job Point and volunteer work will help him bring a new perspective to the Central Missouri Development Council.

New video game draws crowd to midnight release

"Destiny" makes much-anticipated release, keeping up several Columbia residents who attended the midnight Tuesday release. It's an online, first-person shooter game.

H&M fashion store set to open in Columbia Mall

The store is scheduled to open at noon on Wednesday next to Dillard's. The Columbia Mall location will be H&M's fifth store in Missouri.

Tax breaks sought for proposed biotech office park in Kansas City

Backers say the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site. But critics question whether it would extend tax incentives too far.

Entrepreneurs happy to be in St. Louis

Low cost of living and connections potential make the city attractive to startup companies.

Online taxi service Uber advertises for drivers in Columbia

The San Francisco-based company is considering expansion to Columbia. However, Uber is not currently regulated as a typical taxi service, so questions about insurance, background checks for drivers and other requirements have been raised in recent months.

Failure to reauthorize Export-Import Bank could affect Missouri companies

Five mid-Missouri businesses might need to find alternatives to finance their business overseas if Congress fails to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Pizza Tree back in business, to offer full service in October

Pizza lovers will soon get a taste of Pizza Tree’s rectangular and specialty pies again as it opens doors this fall at 909 Cherry St. in downtown Columbia.

City, Lucky's Market to host environmental sustainability awards event

Awards program recognizes environmentally-minded local businesses and organizations 

Downtown pedicab business benefits from Columbia's nightlife

ZOU Cabs, a bicycle taxi service started by an MU finance student, began transporting customers in mid-June. The business' now six bikers look forward to continuing their late-night pedaling into the fall, when its founder thinks demand will switch to a higher gear.

ANY QUESTIONS: Vacant hotel building has history of crime

A hotel building under renovation at the Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 interchange was the site of two grisly crimes in 2007.

AB InBev buys Czech 'Budweiser' brewer

Budvar and Samson are based in the town of Ceske Budejovice, also known as Budweis, from which the traditional Budweiser beer is made.

Dairy farming in decline in Missouri

The state Dairy Revitalization Act is an attempt to help the industry overcome economic, weather and other challenges.

 

REDI President Mike Brooks announces retirement

After five years of service, president Mike Brooks is retiring from REDI and Columbia. 

Small Business Administration pushes for more communication, counseling with clients

Leader of the Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, says being a Hispanic business-owner has helped her be a more culturally competent and respectful administrator.

Entrepreneur couple's 'aha moment' spawns fashion website

The Columbia company 9th & Elm will mark its first anniversary Tuesday. Elly Bethune said she realized the online platform's potential after watching the growth of a fashion shop that she and Clay Bethune founded in Columbia in 2006.

MU student group to invest in prediction app

Kansas City-based startup Knoda will get a $50,000 boost.

Columbia startup combines charity with online ticket sales

Competing against similar companies like EventBrite and StubHub, EveryTicketGives brings a charitable twist to online ticket selling.

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