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Charlie Backer: Hot Charlie’s Hot Sauce

Charlie Backer

Charlie Backer remembers “chugging” bottles of Tobasco with his brother when he was just 8 years old. So it’s no surprise that, as an adult, Backer has founded a fast-growing line of hot sauces under the brand Hot Charlie’s Hot Sauce. A former payroll and human resources consultant, Backer said his product line was born a few years ago when ...

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Startup Missouri to host inaugural Expo for entrepreneurs

Startup Expo 2019 NEW

Startup Missouri will host its first Startup Missouri Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield. This trade show is designed to connect new entrepreneurs and startup businesses with resources to help them develop, manage, maintain and improve their businesses. Register for Startup Expo The Startup Expo is a new venture under the brand of Startup Missouri, ...

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Grant Company: ‘We live the business’

Eric Grant

One of the most significant business lessons Eric Grant has learned is to always pick up the phone when someone calls you. Luckily for Grant, he took his own advice and discovered a ranch-owner in Warsaw, Missouri, was interested in funding the business he soon hoped to launch. Grant had worked as a journalist since 1986 for various agriculture publications ...

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The Photo Bus Company: More than just a bus

Photo Bus Company

Cate DePrisco and her husband, John, founded their company around a photo booth on wheels at events in 2012. Now they run a licensing program enabling people to open Photo Bus locations in 11 locations nationwide and share the company's biggest mistake as it began to grow.

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