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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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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

This is part of a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startup businesses. Cate DePrisco’s husband, John DePrisco, was a wedding photographer in 2011 when he decided he needed to find a way to stand out from his competition. Melding a passion for photography and a family history ...

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‘You have to go with it’

Lia Glynias , center, is shown with her employees at LAUNCH , Carla Behin, left, and Maya Harlan, right. Photo Courtesy LAUNCH Clothing & Access ories

Part of a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startups. Fashion is in Lia Glynias’ blood. The St. Louis native is the great-granddaughter of Greek immigrants who settled in the city and opened a dry-cleaning business. Their daughter — Glynias’ grandmother and namesake, Olympia — became a seamstress, ...

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

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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 ...

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