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.

Group of local entrepreneurs launches custom T-shirt company

After more than 13 years of professional design and marketing experience, Reid Lyle created Fast Yeti Tees, which specializes in custom T-shirts and embroidery.

Applicants, bosses both blamed as jobs go unfilled

Small business owners are frustrated by many potential employees who don't follow directions on job ads, are no-shows at interviews and sometimes accept job offers only to turn them down at the last minute. Human resources consultants say it's an issue across the age spectrum and pay scale.

Museao evolves from furniture store to eclectic space for startups

The original purpose of the Museao Building was a furniture store called Pavilion. After Pavilion closed, the building became a creative space for startup businesses. 

Les Bourgeois winery, Jonny Ver Planck distillery launch craft rum

The line, Planck & Anchor Distillers, will include gin and vodka, as well.

MU freshman pioneers art-lettering business

Karen Spears, who owns an art business she calls The Korean Pears, creates hand-lettered, colorful, abstract paintings.


Property owners inching toward Community Improvement District on Business Loop

Proponents of the community improvement district say it would use a half-cent sales tax to fund beautification projects on Business Loop 70.

The Broadway hotel set to open downtown on Wednesday

The hotel, a part of the DoubleTree line in the Hilton chain, has 114 rooms, a restaurant and two bars, including one on the roof.

Missouri cities resist legislation that would change control over telecom companies

The bills would set pricing standards and limit local say over utility placement, but companies say the changes are necessary to curb price abuse and expand connectivity.

Dogecoins help send Jamaican bobsled team to Sochi Olympics

Initially conceived as a joke, Portland programmer Billy Markus and Australian marketer Jackson Palmer needed a symbol of philanthropy and jest to exemplify their vision of the Internet.

Warner Baxter to become president, CEO of Ameren

Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.

Columbia antique dealers seek new outlets as The Market Place prepares to close

The Market Place's current space is to be rented out to another tenant within the year.

MFA Oil CEO Jerry Taylor announces retirement

Chief Operating Officer Mark Fenner will take over Sept. 1. MFA Oil owns Break Time gas stations and convenience stores.

Cable merger future-proofs against Internet's rise

As people use more mobile devices and watch more online videos, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable. Now the Internet is the primary reason for hooking up cable and the most profitable for companies.

Post to buy PowerBar, Musashi brands from Nestle

Post hopes to create an active nutrition group, specializing in premium bars, protein powders and other sports nutrition foods.

Columbia looks for way to accommodate downtown development

A proposed downtown taxing district could finance expansion of the electric and sewer systems to make way for pending high-density residential developments.

Postal customers purchase stamps before Sunday price increase

Both stamp prices and shipping costs are set to increase Sunday. Stamps will cost 49 cents, and shipping costs will rise by 2.4 percent.