AmiraLin Innovations

Born of necessity What do you get when you cross an engineer with an MBA and a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) professional? An HVAC gauge hanger. To be more specific, a magnetic strap that clings to a HVAC unit, holding the temperature, pressure and other gauges at high level for the HVAC technician. The…

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Nanova, Inc.

With the help of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers, Nanova Inc. was incorporated in 2007 by Dr. Hao Li, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at MU’s College of Engineering; Dr. Qingsong Yu, MU associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Dr. Meng Chen, Nanova chief scientist; and Dr. Kenneth Lambert, an orthopedic…

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Q: What do you do when you lose a wheelchair? A: Create one-of-a-kind wheelchair covers and start a conversation with the world. Sharon Paulsell had lost something. And it wasn’t something easily lost. But amid the dozens of others just like it in the same location, it was nearly impossible to spot. Sharon Paulsell had lost a…

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TwoAlity, LLC

Bailye and Brynne Stansberry are not typical entrepreneurs. They’re twins and just 22. They took a teenage idea and turned it into commercial reality. While brainstorming a marketable product in a high school class one day, Bailye asked Brynne: “What do we wear?” The cold, dreary day outside prompted Brynne to contemplate the bright boots…

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DoctorOn LLC

Nahush Katti and Vikram Arun, both university freshmen, are very confident about their product, a smart phone app that takes clear, accurate pictures of the human eye for ophthalmological diagnosis and treatment. The app would allow anyone with a cell phone to send an image of an affected eye to a trained ophthalmologist. The partners…

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It’s a bright, cold day in January. Traffic is sparse and sunlight glitters on freshly fallen snow. Inside the industrial-zoned building on Fay Street just northeast of downtown Columbia, sparks fly and construction workers grind, weld, nail and otherwise ready the former meatpacking plant to become Logboat Brewing Co. LLC in February. Tyson Hunt, CEO and…

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In 2009, we profiled Dr. Kattesh V. Katti, co-founder of SBTDC client Nanoparticle BioChem, Inc.. The Columbia firm, founded by a team of MU researchers in 2004, focuses on nanotechnology applications in medicine, health and hygiene. Katti, now an MU Curators Professor of Radiology and Physics, has won the 2015 Hevesy Medal Award for his decades of…

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Life isn’t easy for American manufacturers. Life is even harder for smaller American manufacturers like Weaver Manufacturing Inc. (WMI), Columbia, which manufactures and assembles cable parts, 3M disposable respirator masks and other often very technical assemblies. This niche is dominated by low-wage overseas firms. The firm was founded in 1983 by James Weaver, a plant manager…

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What happens when the school bus doesn’t come to the door anymore? By any standard, autism is growing alarmingly worldwide — some studies say as many as 3 percent of our children may fall on the autism disorder scale — and vocational options are few and far between after high school. For every success story…

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Mark Hall Cabinetry

Owned by husband and wife, Mark and Stephanie Hall, the firm has created thousands of custom cabinets, entertainment centers, office pieces, bookcases, bars and furniture pieces since 1995.The Halls recently purchased a new building; secured a large loan, as celebrated in this Columbia Business Times ad; increased annual sales to nearly $1.4 million and added…

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