What Cities Gain When They Embrace the Artisans

The multi-year process of rewriting the city’s development code caused a significant amount of sturm und drang, especially among the downtown folks, but here on Business Loop, we saw some new avenues open up. Under the new codes, activities on mixed-use corridors such as ours have been expanded to include uses previously prohibited but now recognized as […]

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Designing Cities

In urban development circles, it’s common to talk about public art as a way to create a strong identity for an area. For hundreds of years, cites have placed works of art in their public squares and that tradition continues today. What we tend to overlook is the power of graphic design in our cities—using […]

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Startups, start your engines!

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business, don’t miss the 5th Annual Ignition Entrepreneurial Summit hosted by REDI. You’ll hear local entrepreneurs share their startup stories, learn about creative funding opportunities, discover some small business resources, do some speed networking, and even prep for April’s Pitch Competition. Two things I’m most excited about […]

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Creative Incubator

Here in Columbia we have a new business incubator focusing primarily on life sciences.  It fits nicely with the University of Missouri’s focus on biomedical (particularly veterinary technology), agriculture and sustainability and renewable resources. We also have an arts incubator of sorts, Orr Street Studios.  Artists can rent small studio space and share a public […]

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Size Does Count

A Kauffman Foundation report offers some interesting insight into the job market: “If one excludes startups, an analysis of the 2007 Census data shows that young firms (defined as one to five years old) still account for roughly two-thirds of job creation, averaging nearly four new jobs per firm per year. Of the overall 12 […]

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