Author Archives: Nicholas Phillips

St. Louis apparel company Made for Freedom combats human trafficking

Dawn Manske

Social enterprise is hard — hard to succeed in, even hard to explain to those ensconced in dog-eat-dog capitalism. Just ask Dawn Manske. In 2011, she launched Made for Freedom in the city of St. Louis. It’s an online apparel company that sells jewelry, bags, shirts, pants and more, all produced by women — mostly overseas — who have escaped ...

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Low-income entrepreneurs get boost from Legal Services

Tracy James outlines services for low-income entrepreneurs through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Community Economic Development office.

Syrian immigrants. Ex-convicts. Recent graduates of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. These are the varied kinds of clients who recently needed help with the legalities of launching a small business — and they got that help, thanks to attorneys working pro bono through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. They shared their success stories and other data in January at the ...

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My Biggest Mistake: ‘It’s really easy to get discouraged’


First in a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startups.   Richard Lozano’s cell phone used to be a problem. As a St. Louis defense attorney, he needed to be accessible to clients. Traditional SMS texting, though, allowed for late-night messages from unknown numbers; it also constituted billable ...

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