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MOMENTUM

At the tender age of 20, Mark Fenner had an epiphany: he would never play professional football. A scholarship football player at Missouri Western State College for two years, Fenner’s athletic career had ended with an injury in 1983. He…

WHEELS

Columbia is on the move. Cars, trucks, motorcycles … no matter, we crave personal mobility. The local market that sates our appetite for mechanized wheeled contraptions has seen a flurry of changes in ownership and realignments the past few…

TORCHBEARER

At Central Missouri Auto Body, they like to say, “Some repairs you see … ours you don’t!” What you do see at the industrious repair shop on Columbia’s north side is the face of the auto body business here. And it’s a decidedly feminine…

PACK IT IN

Kim Stading was planning a hiking trip for her birthday when she came up with a business idea. The St. Louis native talked to friends and searched multiple websites to figure out what gear she needed, but she knew there had to be a more…

THE EXPRESS LANE

Last spring, Chris and Anita Nyenhuis made a business decision that took them 1,900 miles across the map. Their startup, Eyes on Freight, was ready to take off, so they decided to take off for a four-month stay at an accelerator in…

BOOTS TO BUSINESS

War is hell … and for some veterans, so is civilian life. When disabled veterans finally make their way back home from a tour of duty, it can be hard for them to feel like they truly belong in their community, much less in the workplace.

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Construction knows no season this year in Columbia. As 2015 winds down, it seems the cranes and the bulldozers are gearing up. Here’s a sampling of some of the major projects that will alter the landscape and the skyline of Columbia in…

2016 Sentiment Survey

The dark days of the Great Recession may finally be receding with the years in Columbia’s collective memory as the economic recovery slowly takes hold in the local business community. Our latest CEO Sentiment Survey reveals a…

MADE IN MID-MISSOURI

“Made in the USA” is a badge of honor proudly borne by the products of the American manufacturing sector. Did you know that many of those “Made in the USA” goods are produced right here in Boone County?

LIFE OF THE PARTY

Bartenders Rich Trippler and Aaron Rostad were enjoying some whiskey at the bar at Sycamore restaurant when they came up with the idea for a pop-up cocktail business. That same evening, Rostad came up with the name, CoMingle573, and set up…

PART OF THE SOLUTION

Growing up in Joplin, Andrew Grabau discovered early in life that people all around him were struggling. “I knew friends at school, families at church, folks at my first job as a teen sacking groceries at a local grocery store

COMO CREDIT COMPENDIUM

When was the last time you paid for something with cash? We live in a world where paying with plastic is considered the norm — whether you’re making a $5 or a $500 purchase — and it’s likely been awhile since some of us have even paid for a…

HEALTHY MOVES

Columbia has always been a medical mecca. The health care industry is a dominant player in the local economy, employing more people than any other sector. The city is home to the second-most hospital beds per capita in the country.

BETTER TOGETHER

For the owners of newly formed Peak Sport and Spine Rehab, that old adage proved to be good business advice. Athletic trainer Mark Dempsey and physical therapists Shaon Fry and Todd Ankenman are the former owners of Peak Performance…

POWER POINT

If you think “smart building” technology is a product of the 21st century, well … you would be wrong. Dial back your assumptions to the early 1980s, when a young, American-educated immigrant settled in Columbia

RETAIL THERAPY

Katie Essing is living the dream. Six months into her new job as director of the Downtown Community Improvement District, she has immersed herself in the downtown’s small-business culture, working in what she calls her “dream career.”

Crafty Business

Columbia is a creative place — just ask the Missouri Arts Council, which gave CoMo the council’s first “creative community” award in 2007. Art is all around us here but it isn’t that easy to make a buck in the creative field. There’s a…

THAT’S SHOW BIZ

Even before he knew how to read and write, Nicholas Rodriguez had a mind for business. The Columbia rapper and entrepreneur, who also goes by the stage name NicDanger, wore suits to school in kindergarten. As a young teen, he…