Show-Me MO Success

Show-Me MO Success

Show-Me MO Success brings you biweekly stories of success from businesses and communities across Missouri. Listen in to get insight and inspiration for your own business or community. #entrepreneuer #smallbusiness #community #changeagents #successstories #Missourians

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February 19, 2024 18 mins

Tune into the second episode in our child care series where we have with us the director of Little Precious Angels Child Care Center in St. Louis, Samantha Cross. We will dive into her experience as a child care provider and the resources she was introduced to by Lynette Watson, Missouri SBDC director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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To start off this season, join us as Amber Allen, field specialist in human development and Aileen Garcia, state specialist for early childhood development, talk about their experience in working with childhood educators through the trainings provided by MU Extension, Health and Human Sciences.
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Welcome to Show-Me MO Success Season 2! To kick off this season, we dive into the lessons learned from 2023 by our team and their tips for 2024!

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This week we talk to St Louis Resident Aaron Dohogne about his recognition as as a 2023 Engaged Neighbor recipient for his “Trash for Trees” neighborhood program and Community Specialist David Burton on his promotion of the Good Neighbor Week program and its origins in his backyard. 

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Tune in to hear about The MERS Goodwill Excel Center, an adult education center, and hear how and why it became the first educational center in Missouri to receive the Recovery Friendly Workplace designation. To shed light on this topic, we have Abby Courtney and Micheal Reynolds from the Excel Center, and Ann McCauley, the director of the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance program.

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For this episode, Representative Kevin Windham joined us to talk about his experience in the Neighborhood Leadership Fellows. Tune in to learn how it helped him in his political career and get insight on the program from Dr. Dwayne James, field specialist in community development at MU Extension.

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Join us to go through the journey of the annual Current River Food Truck Festival which was established in 2021 despite the challenges of mounting an event during a pandemic. We have with us, Jennifer Williams, county engagement specialist (CES) in community economic development who planned and organized this festival in Carter County. 

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This episode is about the transformation of Ace Pipe Cleaning into a recovery-friendly workplace. Eric Cohen, a company data technician, joined us to talk about his journey and destigmatizing being in recovery alongside Douglas Swanson, MU Extension field specialist in Labor and Workforce Development. 

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October 9, 2023 22 mins

Your Fall Food Fashion Pro Tip: Elderberry is the New Black

We talk with St. Louis area resident Emilia Rizzuto - founder of All Things Elderberry - about her journey from discovering elderberries when seeking out a natural remedy for better health to creating a tasty elixir and selling it from the trunk of her car to creating a company and owning and working an elderberry farm. And what a journey it has been! We also talk to Becky...

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This episode takes you to the Civil War-era house, known as the Dorothy Day Cabin. After Platte County spent $1 million to preserve that cabin, tune in to see how MU Extension is transforming it into a creative space for artists and the community.

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This episode looks back at the Connecting Entrepreneurial Conference that took place in Hermann, MO in 2022. This conference is designed for stakeholders, economic developers, businesses, local government, educators, and nonprofits seeking to learn how to create a network that increases a community’s potential for entrepreneurship. Tune in to know more!

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August 29, 2023 14 mins
Tune in to this episode where MU Extension's Passport to Arts program comes together with The Creative at Klondike to provide a multifaceted creative space for arts, artists, and the community. The Creative at Klondike is a creative arts center, offering gallery space and curated exhibitions, artist studios, artist in residencies, studio workshops for photography, ceramics, and fiber arts, community art and nature programs, and mu...
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This is the story of a home created for providing peace and care with compassion to those who are at the end of their lives. Jackie Reed, co-founder of Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia and graduate of MU Extension’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy, worked tirelessly to bring her vision to life.

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Springfield, MO resident Wes Hester’s journey to build his cybersecurity-focused Foxhole Technology as well as developing the technology education infrastructure in Missouri. Join us as we talk to 27-year Army veteran Wes Hester and how he leveraged his experience in technology-based military service to found and manage a cybersecurity company to protect critical data infrastructure for the Department of Defense and other frontline...

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July 17, 2023 26 mins

The Fattened Caf In St. Louis not only serves finger licking Filipino barbeque but also shares the Filipino culture and provides a network of support. Tune in to see how their participation in Neighborhood Leadership Academy helped their business and the people around them. 

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July 3, 2023 14 mins

Hunger in the Heartland is a study that focuses on identifying the depth and breadth of food insecurity in the state of Missouri. Join us with Bill and Joanne, who were a part of this unprecedented study, to learn what we should know as a community to help those in need of food assistance. Check out the full study here.

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Theresa Pearson was elected to the Normandy Schools Collaborative Joint Executive Governing Board in April for a three-year term. Tune in to see how Pearson continued her leadership journey with Neighborhood Leadership Fellows and became an elected school board member to not only improve the quality of education for her children but for all of her community. 

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Ciara Imani May went from an enterprising middle schooler in Kansas City to MU Trulaske College of Business graduate to CEO and founder of her company, Rebundle, makers of the first U.S. made plant-based hair extension.

Tune in to the latest episode of Show-Me MO Success to hear Ciara’s entrepreneur journey.

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When opportunity is dressed as hard work - the only way out is through. Nikki Gardner, Chief Marketing Officer and Business Development Lead for RC Landscape Services in Kansas City shares with host Mike Quinata how she and founder Chris Henry took rolled up their sleeves and put the work in to take their small lawn services company with a single client to half a million in revenue by navigating the gauntlet of government registrat...

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In 2014, Columbia, MO entrepreneur Gina Overshiner explored what it means to be vegan and committed fully. In 2020, she attended a vegan cooking academy in New York City and in 2021 she opened her part-time vegan mobile food service "Gina's Vegan-A-Go-Go" serving a plant based menu of tasty and familiar comfort foods. Along the way she got a little advice and some straight talk from MU Extension's Business and Communities program v...

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