Missouri Business Alert holds first-ever StartUp Crawl COMO

4 months 1 week 5 days ago Tuesday, October 10 2017 Oct 10, 2017 Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:47:00 AM CDT October 10, 2017 in News
By: Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

 

COLUMBIA – Business owners from around the state are arriving in Columbia on Tuesday to participate in the first-ever Startup Crawl COMO.

 

“Columbia’s never had anything like this before,” Startup Crawl COMO Organizer Lorah Lackland said. “There isn’t a lot of interaction between students, the entrepreneurial and business communities and we want there to be.”

 

Lackland and her co-workers in Missouri Business Alert wanted to create an event for the vast business people in the area to get together and build relationships.

 

Missouri Business Alert’s goal is to connect business owners with someone who can help expand their brands, the crawl is a more organic way of fulfilling the goal.

 

“A lot of times we hear about how isolated a business owner feels. Knowing the right people is everything, it kind of takes a village to get a startup off the ground,” Lackland said.

 

Noah Barnes is the owner of the Clarity Float Spa located in Columbia. He said the spa has only been open a year, so he’s still trying to gauge how successful the business is.

 

Barnes said he registered for the crawl because he wanted to let people know about his business, but also because he believes creating relationships between business owners is necessary.

 

“Anything like this promotes a startup community and has a lot to do with Columbia’s atmosphere,” Barnes said. “We try to do anything we can do to support other startups and get our name out. That’s what’s important.”

 

Oners of another startup company, The Connection Exchange, joined the crawl because they felt they would be able to network with a larger circle of people to help expand their business. In addition to Columbia, there are two other locations - one in Springfield and one in St. Charles county.

Co-owner Jennifer Schenck said she wants The Connection Exchange to become a franchise in the near future, and believes meeting the right people can help make that dream a reality. 

"We're hoping to meet new people that we have not come across before," Schenck said. "As we look forward to expanding Connection Exchange into other locations it'll put us in contact with some great entreprenuers in different parts of the state."

 

The public is invited to come downtown and visit companies’ booths and tables from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- It’s no secret anything related to a Disney character can dazzle a child. Lauren Kight, a senior at... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM CST February 21, 2018 in News
Jefferson City - In mid-Missouri, there are few opportunities to take to the ice like your favorite Olympic figure skater,... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:30:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
SEDALIA - Icy weather hit Sedalia and other western counties on Tuesday. The conditions are expected to continue through... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:03:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018 Economic Outlook Conference kicked off at Columbia College with a laugh and speakers discussing how... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:06:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn." ... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:34:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in Top Stories
KOMU-8 viewers shared their favorite pictures of their pets for National Love Your Pet Day Tuesday. Show your pets... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:04:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri team of researchers created a massive new area of research. A multi-disciplinary... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:00:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday he is taking a stance against harassment and discrimination in the... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:14:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A judge sentenced Anthony Quin Hodges of Fulton on Tuesday for receiving and distributing child pornography. ... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:23:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in Top Stories
ASHLAND - The Southern Boone County District superintendent said police presence in the district's schools is just a part of... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:15:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Gov. Eric Greitens visited the Veterans Home in Mexico on Tuesday, after releasing investigation results from an assessment... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:10:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday morning, a group of more than 300 advocates for gun control filled the state Capitol to... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:23:00 PM CST February 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City council approved a community policing resolution on Monday night. This came after City Manager Mike Matthes selected... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:28:00 AM CST February 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — One rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM CST February 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The “Me Too” movement may seem to be a recent phenomenon, but the creator, Tarana Burke, has dedicated... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, February 20 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:01:00 AM CST February 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's city council approved a resolution Monday night in support of a citywide community-oriented policing program. This... More >>
1 day ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 11:43:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri students may have access to programs for gifted children if a bill passes. A hearing was... More >>
1 day ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 9:47:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's waste management department presented its plans for an expansion to the city's privately owned landfill Monday evening... More >>
1 day ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 24°
8am 26°
9am 27°
10am 29°
11am 31°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
9:00a
Megyn Kelly TODAY
10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
7:00a
Maury
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld