What’s it like to be the owner of a medical staffing firm serving more than 300 health care facilities nationwide? “My son asked me not to answer the phone on his birthday,” laughs Dan Latham, owner and founder of Pulse Medical Staffing, LLC in Columbia. “That’s what he wanted for his birthday.” Latham founded the…

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EquipmentShare.com Inc.

Willy Schlacks didn’t formally graduate from high school. Or college. And now he’s running a multi-million dollar business with double-digit weekly growth that has expanded from mid-Missouri to St. Louis and soon Dallas with the help of the BDP. He and his brother Jabbok, co-founders of the contractor equipment sharing firm EquipmentShare.com, were raised and…

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SBTDC clients Tyson Hunt, Logboat Brewing, and brothers Jabbok and William Schlacks, EquipmentShare.com, have been named to the 2016 Columbia Business Times 20 Under 40 list. Learn more: CBT 2016’s 20 Under 40: Tyson Hunt, Logboat Brewing CBT 2016’s 20 Under 40: Jabbok and William Schlacks, EquipmentShare.com The annual list celebrates 20 Columbia professionals under the age…

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Mobile Food Vendors

NAICS: 722330, SIC: 5812 By Theresa Ehrlich Street vendors no longer just sell hot dogs, tacos and snow cones. Today you can get anything from freshly prepared sushi rolls to grass fed organic hamburgers. Street food is having a significant impact on food culture. Professional chefs are leaving their restaurants to open their own trailers….

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The Small Business Development Center, a nationwide program that has centers in 27 cities and towns across Missouri, was created with two purposes in mind: to create jobs and to help entrepreneurs succeed. Columbia’s SBDC, located downtown, has helped business owners big and small thrive throughout the years. Past clients include local favorites Hot Box…

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NEMS/MEMS Works LLC

Nanotechnology once was confined strictly to the realm of science fiction. It conjured visions of vastly miniaturized submersibles coursing through the veins of patients in need of treatment, as in the ’60s sci-fi flick Fantastic Voyage. However the world of super small technology is no longer a dream. It’s here today. And a husband-wife doctoral engineering…

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Hot Box Cookies

On his 21st birthday, Corey Rimmel, instead of visiting a local watering hole with his buddies for a celebratory first legal drink, enjoyed milk and cookies at his newly opened business, Hot Box Cookies in downtown Columbia. Corey and co-owners Adam Hendin and David Melnick have barely had a moment to celebrate anything recently. Hot Box Cookies…

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The relationship of humans and their pets dates back millennia. That special human-animal bond, which started when the first caveman enticed a canine ancestor to team with him on a hunt, is as important if not as immediately utilitarian today. With the continual graying of our 21st century population and the ever-burgeoning population of animal…

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“If not now, when?” With those words and the air of confidence they convey, Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer entered the world of private enterprise a little more than two years ago. After much planning and extensive discussions with several people — including his wife, Birgit — the research veterinarian started a commercial pathology laboratory in Columbia,…

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