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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

“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,…

Read More

Elemental Enzymes Inc.

Research and business partners Drs. Brian and Katie Thompson have collaborated on two new developments in the past year. As husband and wife, they are the proud parents of Luke, their ten-month-old son. As biological scientists, they are the proud founders of Elemental Enzymes Inc., their five-month-old technology startup business in Columbia, Mo. Luke brings joy…

Read More

Columbia restaurateur Jina Yoo is a diminutive, concentrated bundle of energy. She combines the soul of an artist with the drive of a determined entrepreneur. She opened Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro more than four years ago in the trendy, growing southwest section of Columbia. Her unique approach to dining has been so successful Jina is planning…

Read More

Accurate Rx Pharmacy

Growing up in Fulton, Mo., Jay Bryant-Wimp, co-owner and founder of Accurate Rx Pharmacy in Columbia, Mo., had a friend with hemophilia. They did all the things small-town Missouri kids do, but Bryant-Wimp couldn’t help but notice his friend was a little different. When he was injured, he didn’t just shake it off like the other kids…

Read More