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Tiny Superheroes: Inspiring children, one cape at a time


St. Louis-based Tiny Superheroes sent out 35,000 capes to sick and disabled children worldwide in 2019, more than the total number sent by the company in the previous four years. Robyn Rosenberger, founder of the social enterprise that provides superhero capes to children with illnesses or disabilities, said her company has been successful and continues to grow. Yet it began ...

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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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