Speaking Startup: The chalet strategy

In the eastern Missouri town of Bowling Green, the demolition of a pair of prominent buildings a few years ago left a void in the downtown district, and ultimately it inspired a revitalization effort.

City leaders are pursuing a host of ideas for reinvigorating the business district. Those big plans start with small, wooden structures. The downtown is now home to three chalets that provide short-term homes for young businesses looking to test their concepts without the burden of long-term leases.

“This is more of first startup entrepreneurs who are trying to get their feet wet in the retail world,” said Tracy Brookshier, president of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and chair of the downtown revitalization project. “So, hopefully, this is just kind of like a first step into getting that big brick and mortar down the road.”

The latest episode of the Speaking Startup podcast looks at how the chalet strategy is playing out in Bowling Green.

Plus, as the threat of cyberattacks has proliferated, so have businesses focused on cybersecurity. From technology companies trying to neutralize cyber threats to insurance firms looking to mitigate financial damage from hacks, Kansas City is home to a growing number of businesses addressing the needs arising from cyber threats.

The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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