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Cheers to nine years! Another great (albeit unprecedented) year has gone by at Missouri Business Alert and we can’t wait to tell you about it.
In the late summer of 2012, we launched Missouri Business Alert to a small but engaged audience. Since then, we have grown steadily and achieved some major milestones that we are incredibly proud of. We are extremely grateful to our growing community of loyal readers and supporters.
Over the past nine years, we have had the pleasure of employing more than 450 students from the University of Missouri’s journalism and business schools. Our students have come from all over Missouri, all across the U.S and 20 countries around the world. Our students have gone on to successful careers with top news organizations including The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNBC, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as startups and digital agencies around the world. For more information, check out our Alumni Achievements page to see what some of our alumni are up to.
Despite the changes that COVID-19 brought to our newsroom over the past 15 months, we were excited to be able to offer our internship program this summer for seven University of Missouri students. These students are producing exciting projects, events and more – be sure to subscribe to what we’re doing so you don’t miss out on anything.
Additionally, we have partnered with several news outlets across the state for collaborative internship programs, where students spend time reporting for Missouri Business Alert as well as the other participating newsrooms. The work done by these students is cross-published by the involved outlets to increase their reach.
Since 2012, we have published more than 17,500 stories and have sent out more than 2,500 email newsletters. Our daily newsletters have delivered a wealth of news and information about the people, companies, ideas, policies, events and trends shaping the business landscape of the Show-Me State.
This year, COVID-19 has impacted our digital content. Our reporters have worked diligently to produce content that our readers would find helpful and relevant amid a global pandemic, including economic data, trend pieces, policy changes and resources for small businesses. Additionally, they researched and produced a black-owned business database and continued production on our weekly entrepreneur-focused podcast, Speaking Startup.
The hard work of our team and students also landed us a spot on the list of finalists for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year! We are incredibly honored to have been included among some truly impressive small businesses in the mid-Missouri area.
Here at Missouri Business Alert, we host events to help connect, inform and entertain our business community. At our events, we’ve enjoyed the chance to shed light on students with big ideas, engage with organizations fueling growth in Missouri, facilitate conversation among some of our state’s leading women entrepreneurs, bring together a tribe of moms making it work, and connect entrepreneurs and professionals through speed networking.
The pandemic showed us that informative and entertaining events can be held virtually. We have brought together more geographically widespread groups on a more regular basis to facilitate conversations through webinars.
In February 2021, we hosted the webinar Stories of Resilience. The webinar featured Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and included inspiring stories of Negro Leagues players overcoming barriers and challenges.
Since last summer, we have also co-founded the Columbia Entrepreneurship Alliance and have hosted 3 webinars geared at helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs get their business or startup idea off the ground.
Our most recent webinar, Staycations to Vacations, featured a discussion of what impact COVID-19 had on Missouri’s tourism industry.
Our team has exciting projects and programs in the works that we’ll debut in the near future including:
- Expanded coverage of entrepreneurship in small-town Missouri through our Outstate project.
- A new season of Speaking Startup.
- The 2021 Kindness in Business Awards, presented in partnership with Children’s Grove.
Our birthday wish
In challenging and uncertain times, news that informs and connects communities is more important than ever. It’s our mission to provide that every day, and to train the journalists who will continue doing so for decades to come. But we need your help.
Tax-deductible gifts from readers like you allow us to continue providing students with invaluable experience through paid internships and professional mentoring. We look forward to putting your generous gifts to work. And while you’re supporting the great work of our students, consider providing a match to a relief fund or human rights organization that is close to your heart.
But more than anything else, we’d love for you to stay involved with what we’re doing. The best way to do that is to subscribe to our daily newsletter, The Morning Minutes, and attend our future events. In addition, we’d love to hear from you. If you like something we’re doing or want to see something changed, please drop us a line. Your feedback is extremely valuable in helping us grow and improve.
To everyone who has supported, sponsored, advised, read or referred Missouri Business Alert over the past nine years, we are truly grateful. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to providing the information and events that matter to you for many more birthdays to come.