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Simple Starts

Photos by L.G. Patterson Admittedly, Clayton Neuner may be a little green when it comes to business, but that hasn’t stopped him from establishing a small startup and learning as he goes. At 18, this Columbia native’s venture began to…

Meet Your Baker

Photos by L.G. Patterson From Pinterest to Etsy, consumers are on the lookout for unique art to brighten up their homes — and their party menus. Many of these consumers take notice of true craftsmanship, and are willing to pay a little more…

Wonder Woman

It’s been said that the entire universe is contained in a single atom, but for Bea Doheny, the weight and wonder of the cosmos can be found on her wrist instead. As the owner and founder of the jewelry line AstronoBEAds, Doheny sits at the…

Cobbling Together

Photos by LG Patterson Bob Wood, owner of Dawson Shoe Repair, takes his position each morning behind the vintage wooden and glass counter at his shop at 212 S. Eighth St. If he looks out the large storefront window directly before him, he…

CITIZEN McDAVID

Bob McDavid presided over his last Columbia City Council meeting on April 4 and moved out of the mayor’s office later that week. After two terms as the city’s CEO, the 69-year-old retired obstetrician announced last winter he would not seek…

Business In A Heartbeat

Dan Latham doesn’t embrace the 9-to-5 workday. By 4 a.m., the CEO of Pulse Medical Staffing is on the phone fielding calls from health care facilities. His company provides temporary supplemental staff and medical professionals to more than…

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…

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…

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

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…

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 booked…

SHOW ME THE SALES

John Sebree hasn’t lived in the Show-Me State for long, but he likes what he sees. “I am really loving Columbia,” he says. “Everyone has been so incredibly nice and welcoming, too.” The 48-year-old native Kentuckian arrived in Columbia…

COACH’S CLIPBOARD

In the high-profile world of SEC football, “care” is typically not among the first words used when discussing the key ingredients of a winning program. The list is a long one: dedication, sacrifice, hard work, excellence, no excuses,…