Mid-Missouri businesses aim to make a difference in their work

4 months 1 week 2 days ago Tuesday, April 11 2017 Apr 11, 2017 Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT April 11, 2017 in News
By: Shanna Grove, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc. encouraged business owners on Tuesday to institute practices that benefit the community.

The Catalyzing Social Entrepreneurs event was designed to improve the community through teamwork of businesses and community members.

“I think a lot more people are activated,” said Collin Bunch, REDI entrepreneurship coordinator. “They realize they can do something, they can pull people together and so this is a way for us to tap into that energy, see how we can help support it, make people better business owners in their social ventures, have a bigger impact and connect them to other resources in the community.”

Some attendees are incorporating social entrepreneurship into their own businesses.

“Our part of social entrepreneurship is we help kids be respectful online,” said Joe Chee co-founder of Ukatsu, a youth development program. “There’s a term around this community called ‘digital citizenship’ and that’s what we do.”

Jen Wheeler created the City of Refuge in Columbia and shared her experiences as a social entrepreneur and the organization she started.

The City of Refuge helps refugees and immigrants in mid-Missouri with tasks such as finding jobs, teaching them to drive, taking them to the doctor and helping them enroll in school.

There is also a cleaning service program that is a part of City of Refuge.

“I spoke at the social entrepreneurs event because I am a social entrepreneur,” Wheeler said. “I started a cleaning company to solve the problem of refugees needing work.”

The City of Refuge has served around a thousand refugees over the last seven years. Many people the organization helps arrive with just a couple pieces of clothing and very little money.

Ali Said is an Iraqi refugee, who was a physics teacher for 15 years, before he arrived in the United States almost 7 years ago.

“One day I’m taking my daughter from the school and they shoot on our cars and its good thanks for god we were saved that day, but this is the last day for me. I just came back to the unit I work in the American Army and I told them okay I cannot do more this is the last day for me be because what’s happened. The I just left everything in the night.”

He said the City of Refuge helped him feel a part of the community.

Columbia REDI recently started holding events the second Tuesday of every month in hopes of making social entrepreneurship a focus in the community.

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS — Rural Missouri is preparing for its moment in the sun. Check that: Its moment out of the... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 4:25:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Police arrested Christopher Moore Sunday night after a standoff that began in the afternoon, according to... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - While many people are preparing to look into the sky for the eclipse Monday, one airport is... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is coming on the fifth day of school, and Columbia teachers are trying to... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:38:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Researchers are getting ready for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Not only will they be watching the... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a man pushing his disabled car on Interstate 70 was killed... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:14:03 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man was injured when a St. Louis sidewalk collapsed under the forklift he... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:09:41 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FLORISSANT (AP) — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are calling for the closure of a suburban St. Louis day... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:37:23 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Parks officials in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 83-year-old Confederate memorial will be removed after it... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:17:00 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pastor Henry Price of St. Louis is ready to take your prayer request, and you don't... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:42:11 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERRELVIEW (AP) — A member of a small western Missouri town's governing board is leading an effort to oust the... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:20:36 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
CUBA (AP) — Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural, Republican strongholds as... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:56:21 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – In preparation for a large number of visitors to Missouri for Monday's solar eclipse, the State Emergency... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:49:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The incoming freshmen at Blair Oaks High School will become the first class to not have a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:59:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Angela Speck, the director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, gave a presentation titled, "Doing Science in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:36:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
PIKE COUNTY, Mo. - A man was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action after Alexander Koch died... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With mid-Missouri preparing for the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Laws Observatory played host to an event made to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
6am 75°
7am 73°
8am 77°
9am 80°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Midnight, Texas
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld