Children’s Grove, Missouri Business Alert Announce Inaugural Kindness in Business Awards Honorees

Columbia, Mo. – October 15, 2020 – ​Children’s Grove​ and ​Missouri Business Alert​ have announced the inaugural honorees of the Kindness in Business Awards, a celebration of Boone County businesses and nonprofits that have shown and promoted kindness in dealings with customers, employees, youth, and the community at large during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honorees were chosen by a local committee following a public nomination period. In total, over 75 Boone County-based businesses and service organizations were nominated for consideration in categories including Kindness to Youth, Kindness to Employees and Kindness to the Community.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Kindness to Youth: Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia, Broadway Diner, Grade A Plus, Jabberwocky Studios
  • Kindness to Employees: Burrell Behavioral Health, Columbia Housing Authority, Donut D-light, Influence & Co.
  • Kindness to the Community: City of Refuge, Dive Bar, EquipmentShare, Turning Point

This year’s honorees will be featured at a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, November 13. More information, features on each of the honorees and a complete list of nominees is available at ​​.


The ​Children’s Grove​ mission is to inspire kindness and civility and to support the mental and emotional well-being of our youth. We want to foster a culture of mutual respect, meaningful inclusivity, and sincere compassion. Success of the Children’s Grove endeavors depends on building a shared vision — of parents, neighbors, teachers, youth/service groups and faith-based leaders, school volunteers and business people all joining together in a firm commitment to support the safety and nurturing of our youth and young adults. This vision and commitment motivates us all to act upon the belief that “a single act of kindness can change a life forever” — because it can, at the Children’s Grove and everywhere.

Missouri Business Alert​ is a digital newsroom with a dual mission: Train tomorrow’s business journalists in the latest reporting methods and technologies while providing the top business news across the state of Missouri. Housed in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Missouri Business Alert is run by professionals and staffed by students. It is one of seven professional news outlets and two strategic communication agencies at the School where students practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.

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