Junior Achievement seeks virtual volunteers

Thank you to Junior Achievement’s Sheila Farrell, who spoke via Zoom at the August REDI Board meeting. Sheila spoke about Junior Achievement’s new JA Virtual Career Fair.

Junior Achievement is pivoting with the times and planning a JA Virtual Career Fair for 2020. With tomorrows more important than every, JA is seeking virtual volunteers to share their “job story” in short videos. The videos will be part of a virtual career fair to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

You can view Sheila’s presentation at https://www.columbiaredi.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/JA-Virtual-Career-Fair-PowerPoint_Fall2020.pdf

To learn more, visit www.JASTL.org, or contact Sheila Farrell at sfarrell@jastl.org or 636-634-1116.


Missouri Partnership seeks input

The Missouri Partnership held focus groups to gather information toward designing a way to promote Missouri across business attraction, tourism and talent attraction.

Please click here to view the statewide aggregated results of the multiple choice questions that were asked during the focus groups.

The Missouri Partnership is looking for more input on these questions. Below is the link to the survey for the public to add to the data the Missouri Partnership is gathering. This data is essential to make sure that what comes out of the focus groups and survey represents ALL of Missouri.

Visit the survey here: https://developmentci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daJR79PCCUheKBD

Thank you for your partnership in this important effort.

Mid-Mo Business Jumpstart August 13

On Thursday, August 13th, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Columbia Entrepreneurship Alliance will host the first Mid-Mo Business Jumpstart, an event aimed at providing entrepreneurs with the connections, resources and tools they need to achieve success.

“This virtual workshop is a great way to get your business off the ground and get plugged into all the community resources, support, and networking opportunities for new entrepreneurs,” said Scott Christianson, former small business owner who now teaches in the Management Department at MU. “I wish that I had attended an event like this when I started my business; it would have saved me a lot of time.”

Participants will hear from successful business owners about how they started their manufacturing, service, and e-commerce businesses and learn the ins and outs of Columbia’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, including community resources, cost-free government support, and networking opportunities for new enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Registration for the event is required. Participants can register at http://startmo.biz.

The Mid-Mo Business Jumpstart is organized by the Columbia Entrepreneurship Alliance, a growing group of economic development and educational organizations including:

  • Regional Economic Development Inc.
  • Missouri Business Alert
  • Columbia College
  • Missouri Women’s Business Center
  • Missouri Innovation Center
  • Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at MU
  • Novak Leadership Institute at MU
  • Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service
  • MU Office of Research and Economic Development
  • City of Columbia Supplier Diversity Program