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‘A trade that nobody can take away’: The Grooming Project equips parents with skills, helps break down job barriers

The Grooming Project

L ike many entrepreneurs, Natasha Kirsch started her business in response to a problem. Kirsch is the founder and executive director of the Kansas City-based nonprofit group Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child, also known as EPEC. The organization operates The Grooming Project, a pilot program with a mission of helping parents break the cycle of poverty for their ...

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Show-Me Innovation: Incubators bring startups to life around Missouri

Codefi Space conference room. Photo courtesy of Codefi

Startups in Missouri are changing the way people grow crops, do business, find cures for diseases and play. Many of its flourishing new businesses and entrepreneurs owe their success to incubators: organizations that nurture startups by providing advice, physical space and links to capital, government resources and economic-development programs. At least three dozen incubators can be found throughout Missouri, while ...

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Wired world: Missouri-based startup pioneers’ software technology keeps other businesses growing and innovating

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Technology is everywhere, and it often seems as though every entrepreneur wants to incorporate the latest gadget, platform or app into their operations. But finding the best ways to employ all of this modern-day wizardry to benefit their own operations remains a tricky challenge for many startups. A lot of companies offer solutions, but which ones are really bending the ...

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Confusion and challenges: Blockchain technology brings struggles for lawyers and regulators

Caroline Lynch of Copper Hill Strategies and Dale Werts of Lathrop Gage discuss the regulatory issues that blockchain users can face during a conference on April 24 in Kansas City. Photo by Scott Lauck

Story by Scott Lauck At a recent conference on the promises and perils of blockchain, a cartoon by artist Tom Fishburne flashed up on the screen. A business owner asks an employee, “Where should we focus this year?” “’Blockchain,’” the employee responds. “It will change everything. Everybody is talking about it. The potential applications are endless. We don’t want to ...

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‘Your thoughts have power’

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Virtual reality venture StoryUP creates immersive experiences that reduce stress and improve mental health. In 2012, after spending more than two decades as a reporter and anchor at radio and television stations around Missouri, Sarah Hill had become unsettled by all of the trauma she was witnessing. “Rapes, murders, homicides, having to interview people who have lost children,” said Hill, ...

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