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The Shops at Sharp End Celebrates Grand Opening in Columbia

The Shops at Sharp End officially had its grand opening last month to showcase the innovative retail incubator for entrepreneurs in Boone County. On Jan 31, the community came together to celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon cutting, a chance to meet the participants, buy the unique products and enjoy refreshments. The Shops at […]

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Job Point President and CEO Announces Retirement Plans

Job Point officially announced Steve Smith, the president and CEO, is set to retire this year. Until the transition, Smith plans to continue his efforts to ensure a strong and stable future for Job Point. According to a press release, Smith says he was honored to work for Job Point since April 28, 2015. “I […]


John Baker to Retire from Community Foundation of Central Missouri

The Community Foundation of Central Missouri announced the retirement of its executive director, John Baker Jan. 4. Baker is leaving his position after 13 years and says he will miss his wonderful coworkers the most. “I will miss meeting with and working beside so many terrific people who work in the non-profit sector and donors […]

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Ronald McDonald Welcomes Dynamic Trio to Board of Directors

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri is excited to announce the appointment of three distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. Christina Devine, compliance director at Boone County Family Resources; Desiree Reed-Francois, director of athletics at the University of Missouri; and Keri Simon, chief hospital operations officer at MU Health Care, bring a wealth of […]

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Endeavor Agency Names New Vice President of Business Development

In a significant development for Endeavor Agency, Inc., Brian Spielbauer was appointed as the new Vice President of Business Development on Jan. 4. Tasked with steering the agency’s new client acquisition endeavors, Spielbauer is set to play a pivotal role in shaping innovative business development processes, providing comprehensive training to the growing team and overseeing […]

EquipmentShare Opens New Center in Moberly

EquipmentShare Opens New Center in Moberly

EquipmentShare celebrated opening a new industrial and upfitting center in Moberly with a grand opening party Nov.28. The company is investing more than $46 million for the new center, creating 151 new jobs over the next four years. EquipmentShare was founded in 2015 as a nationwide construction technology equipment solutions provider with headquarters in Columbia. […]

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Council Swears in New Police Chief

Jill Schlude was sworn in last night at the city council meeting as the new police chief for the city of Columbia.  Jill Schlude has been working with the Columbia Police Department since 2005 as an assistant police chief, the deputy chief of police, a police sergeant and a police officer. According to a press […]

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CycleBar Closing in Columbia

CycleBar announced it is closing its studio doors in Columbia at the end of the month. According to an email from CycleBar, the studio will close on Nov. 22, with the last ride at 6:45 p.m. “With such sadness, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to close the studio,” the email says. “We love […]

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Brady Dubois is Named the New CEO at Boone Health

The Boone Health Board of Directors has announced a new CEO for Boone Health to start at the end of the month. According to a press release, Brady Dubois will be the next CEO of Boone Health, tentatively starting on Nov. 20. Troy Greer has been the CEO of Boone Health before Gene Meyer took […]

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Columbia Seeks Interest in Building on Lemone Industrial Boulevard

The city of Columbia, Missouri, is actively seeking proposals for the lease or purchase of the former IBM/Kyndryl building located at 2810 Lemone Industrial Blvd. This Request for Expression of Interest provides an opportunity for interested parties to explore the potential of this 93,145-square-foot facility situated on 9.5 acres. The building holds a Leadership in […]

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Black and Gold Auctions Upgrades to New Location in Columbia

Black and Gold Auctions, LLC has recently upgraded its space, moving to a newly renovated warehouse in Columbia. Owner Adam Rau says they had so much inventory and needed more space to thrive. “We are now able to really showcase our larger items; we can display more items and take in more goods,” he says. […]


Modern Litho Expands its Reach into Columbia

Modern Litho, a leading name in the printing industry, is making a significant move as it expands its operations into Columbia. Modern Litho is recognized nationally as a full-service commercial printer and mailer based in Jefferson City, St. Louis and Kansas City. Its capabilities include high-performance offset print, finishing and distribution of marketing and member […]

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Elevate Salon & Spa Studios Lifts Off in Columbia

Elevate Salon & Spa Studios has officially touched down in Columbia, bringing a new level of luxury and pampering to the heart of Missouri. On Sunday, Elevate Salon & Spa Studios had its grand opening, at 2101 Corona Road, suite 103. Owner Kelly Jackson says there was a ribbon cutting, a prayer and gifts to […]


Elk Park Event Center Rebrands Under New Management

Elk Park Event Center has entered an exciting new chapter with Eclipse Catering and Events taking the reins as the new management team. Elk Park, formerly known as CBO Event Center at the Elks Lodge, has revamped the space and is currently booking events. This new partnership with Eclipse Catering and Events signals a fresh […]

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Missouri’s First Mobile Cannabis Bar Coming Soon to Columbia

Get ready to elevate your next event with The High Bar, Missouri’s first luxury mobile cannabis bar. Chloe Loughridge, owner of The High Bar, says the mobile cannabis bartending service is perfect for private events, weddings, backyard parties and more. “We work with the clients that would like the service, create a custom menu and […]


New Tesla Rental Company Opens in Columbia

Resla, a new Tesla rental company, has opened in Columbia and is spreading across the state. Resla offers Columbia residents the opportunity to experience the future of transportation firsthand. Landon Moore, an employee at Resla, says the company is located in Columbia and St. Louis, as well as in Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona, and […]


Platinum Paws Hosting Grand Opening This Week

The perfect spa day for your dog is right around the corner. Platinum Paws LLC is hosting a grand opening from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 3410 W. Broadway Business Park Court, suite 107, with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce planned for noon. Owner Melodi Wisswell says she has various […]

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Lizzi & Rocco’s Owners Reopening Papa’s Cat Café

The owners of Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market have announced they will reopen Papa’s Cat Café. According to a post on social media, the last day of Papa’s Cat Cafe’s building lease was Monday, and on the same day, the previous owners of the cafe sold the business to Jessica and Kyle Schlosser of […]

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New Member Moves into Arcade District

A new venture capital fund and studio has moved into the Arcade District in Columbia. Brett Calhoun, managing director and general partner at Scale VC, says Scale VC is an early stage venture capital fund and studio investing monetary and social capital in tech founders across North America. “Scale VC provides hands on support to […]


David’s Bridal Closes in Columbia

David’s Bridal has officially closed its doors in Columbia. An employee at the David’s Bridal in Blue Springs says the Columbia location closed more than a week ago as a part of nationwide closures. According to CNN, David’s Bridal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, after being hurt by factors including inflations and competition […]