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Letter from the Publisher

Some say “entrepreneurial thinking” is a state of mind. If you’re in it, you likely look to make necessary change — not just adapt to the status quo.

For me, that’s best illustrated in how The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation indexes business startup activity. The index not only considers the number and density of startups in an area when it ranks activity, but it also determines how many of those new businesses are driven by opportunity and not necessity.

If you quit your job to start your business, opportunity was guiding your decision.

And that defines the entrepreneurial spirit.

So welcome to Startup Missouri, where we celebrate and inform the trailblazers.

The bold.

The visionaries.


This bi-monthly magazine, a startup in its own right, will center its content on the unique needs of a new business, particularly those within the first year of operation. And its lens will provide a narrow focus on Missouri new businesses. Missouri ranks in the top 10 on startup activity among the country’s largest states. As you know, state lines make a difference, from taxes to laws, but it’s more than geography. By focusing, we recognize a sense of community — one that embraces the opportunity you’re following, specific to the footprint of the Show Me State.

While this magazine is new, its launch secures a place within Missouri Lawyers Media and its parent BridgeTower Media. We are one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies. Our success is rooted in the foundation of local focus on specific industries or interests. Missouri Lawyers Media has been providing trusted content and recognition of exceptional legal work to Missouri attorneys for decades.

We plan to do the same for the state’s startup community.

Enjoy this debut issue. And let us know what you think. Email me directly at lirwin@molawyersmedia.com. Your input is not only welcome, but it will help to guide future issues. This magazine’s success depends on providing information most important to you. And who better than you to keep us on task.


_liz-irwin_new-photoLiz Irwin


Missouri Lawyers Media

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