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Ignition Entrepreneurial Summit

The day’s programming offers a strong lineup of entrepreneurial firepower. You’ll hear from a spectrum of successful local entrepreneurs, participate in a Lean Startup mini workshop, and learn what make a successful pitch through live demonstrations. Meet and interact with a wide range of local resources from professional services to local entrepreneurial clubs at the lunchtime Resources Mart.


Site and Building Information

Find detailed information on sites, buildings, and locations for businesses looking to grow... right at your fingertips.

REDI Downtown Incubator

REDI's Downtown Incubator, next door to REDI’s headquarters, serves as an affordable, 24-hour office space for entrepreneurship in Columbia, providing resources and space for local entrepreneurs.


Columbia #1 "Best-Performing Cities"

Columbia ranks #1 with strong performances across the board. Growth in high-tech GDP and the number of high-tech industries drove its top ranking.

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On December 21, 1953 KOMU-TV8 broadcast its signal for the first time. The station is a full-power NBC Affiliate operating as an independent commercial property. KOMU-TV8 is the only university-owned commercial television station in the United States utilizing its newsroom as a working lab for students. Recognized throughout the broadcast industry as the premiere training ground for television journalists, KOMU-TV8's newsroom creates a real-life lab experience for students attending The University of Missouri prestigious School of Journalism. While KOMU-TV8 strives to bring the best education to its students, the news station also works to bring Mid-Missouri the best news coverage and has received numerous awards for it’s on air news coverage.

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City of Columbia, Water & Light Department

Columbia Water & Light was formed by voter approval in 1904. Since that time, the utility has been furnishing Columbians with low cost, reliable electricity and high quality water. Every customer is an owner of the utility and has a say in how the utility is run. Operational recommendations are made to the Council by the Water and Light Advisory Board. Final decisions concerning Columbia Water & Light are made by the City Council. The utility is run as a department of the City of Columbia. Contributions are made to city government in the form of a gross receipts tax, property tax and to the general fund for city services.

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