Missouri Business Revenue Up
Columbia - Businesses in the state of Missouri finally have a reason to flash a million dollar smile. The Missouri Department of Administration announced that business revenue in the third quarter of this calendar year is 2.6 percent higher than it was last year. Businesses also saw 9.1 percent more profit in September this year than they did in 2009.
Some local businesses struggled in the poor economic climate, either going out of business or being forced to pinch every penny. Kimberly Joy-Perry, the owner of The Mississippi Fish Shack in Columbia, had to move to a smaller location and begin serving food as an "eat-and-go" location rather than a sit down restaurant. However, Joy-Perry explained that the recession has actually helped her business. "The recession helped me understand my business better. I had to look at who was really bringing money in and how to service them."
Director of marketing at Shakespeare's Pizza, Kurt Mirtsching, echoed Joy-Perry's statements. "Most places, they just focus on what they know and what they're good at during a rough time. If you really knuckle down, just work hard and show up and be sincere, you're gonna weather the times," Mirtsching said.
The last three months have been the first time in two years that Missouri has had a positive business revenue. Although they haven't all struggled with the recession, all business owners are ready to see it end. "For the future on the long span, I have looked at where I plan to be at. And if it continues the way it's going, I should be back on top," Joy-Perry said.