Entrepreneur helps students start businesses

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, June 11 2015 Jun 11, 2015 Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:19:00 AM CDT June 11, 2015 in News
By: Dani Sureck, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A young entrepreneur is helping fellow students achieve their goals of running a business.

John Larrick started Eon Home Services over a year ago. The company did household maintenance work such as cleaning gutters. Larrick said he wanted to have a more direct impact in his community and with peers that shared similar aspirations. When Larrick found the chance to help start up businesses through the University of Missouri's Entrepreneurship Alliance he said he decided to pursue it.

"It happened really organically," Larrick said. "You just see an opportunity and experiment with it and see if this will work and when it does work you try and repeat it. That's what happened."

Larrick helped students start Tidy Tigers and Truman's Windows.

Tidy Tigers is a housekeeping service started by Natasha Brewer three months ago; Truman's Windows is a window-cleaning business started by Curran Van Waarde two months ago.

"By working with this, it's kind of helped me learn what I want to do," Brewer said. "The experience has been very educational. We've definitely learned a lot in the last few months."

Van Waarde said the experience taught him aspects of starting a business he wouldn't have learned in a classroom setting.

Larrick worked with Brewer and Van Waarde on strategies to start a business and build clientele. Larrick said he enjoyed the direct impact of helping people find jobs.

Tidy Tigers and Truman's Windows have customers that overlap, but both businesses operate independently.

Homeowner Greg Bier uses both services and said hiring a business run by young adults has its advantages.

"I think one of the key things about students is they're just more responsive," Bier said. "They're trying hard, they're returning phone calls, returning text messages and they show up when they say they're gonna show up."

Larrick said the experience has taught him about more than just the logistics behind running a business.

"I've learned how to work with people a lot better," Larrick said. "I've learned to understand other people's goals and then to try to align yourself with their goals to try and make them achieve what they want to make."

Brewer said she has seen her business grow and recently hired an employee to help her. Van Waarde also said he has seen business expand and that the company recently purchased a machine to help clean windows faster and with a smaller chance of leave streak marks.

Larrick said the best part of this experience is seeing the relationships and businesses blossom.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — MU's Office for Civil Rights & Title IX is investigating a Snapchat video that was widely criticized... More >>
38 minutes ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 12:51:48 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two hair stylists at the downtown location of The Clip Joint have tested positive for COVID-19, KOMU 8... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 9:11:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
CENTRALIA – Corsages and boutonnieres filled Chance Gardens in Centralia as high school students lined up to take their prom... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. -- The Camden County Health Department said Friday a Boone County resident who has tested positive for... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 6:08:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Love Coffee received a surprise $10,000 donation from the Veterans United Foundation on Tuesday. The nonprofit will use... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 4:37:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians marched and held signs in Columbia on Friday morning to bring awareness to police brutality against African... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
CLARKSBURG, Mo. - Two people were arrested in Clarksburg, Mo., on drug charges after a search on May 21, according... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 1:32:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 12:46:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri River is expected to reach moderate flood stage in Jefferson City, Glasgow and Hermann this weekend.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 11:30:00 AM CDT May 29, 2020 in Weather
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 6:39:00 AM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- A student at the West Location of Tiger Tots Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 6:37:00 AM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced an extension of the phase one reopening... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:42:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As Boone County moves into the next phase of reopening, hair salons can now open their doors to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:17:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City Manager of Columbia announced plans to further cut city budgets due to the effects of COVID-19.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:40:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY - While other sports adjust the game plan to respect social distancing, some are just playing things business... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:16:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
2pm 74°
3pm 74°
4pm 75°
5pm 75°