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 ...Read More »
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Last spring, Karl Stiefvater received a package from a 3D-printing service bureau and opened it with care. Inside was a tiny transparent bubble no wider than a pencil eraser. It encased three human figurines the size of gnats. To view them, Stiefvater had to use a magnifying glass. “They were smaller than I’d expected,” he said. “But it was a ...Read More »
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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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 ...Read More »