Missouri Minute: English carmaker scraps plans for Hazelwood; flights suspended at Columbia Regional Airport

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Sunday was National Beer Day, when beer lovers toast the bill that ended Prohibition. If you missed the chance to celebrate on Sunday, start your Monday by catching up on the business of beer in our interview with Boulevard Brewing’s founder. Also on tap today: e-scooters in St. Louis, MLS stadium updates and a corncob pipe-maker.


From our newsroom

As Boulevard Brewing nears 30th anniversary, John McDonald reflects
The founder of the Kansas City brewery discussed his original business plan for Boulevard, his more recent foray into glass recycling and his go-to beer.

MU ag tech startup wins $30,000 as program gives students guidance, capital
Veterinary medicine student Libby Martin won the top prize in the EQ Student Accelerator with her startup, Calving Technologies. All told, 12 student startups won $150,000 through the new program.

KC entrepreneurs provide strong backbone to local workforce, report says
Businesses with 20 or fewer employees created 58 percent of all net new jobs in Kansas City between 2013 and 2017, according to KCSourceLink’s sixth annual state of entrepreneurship report.


Stay alert

English carmaker scraps plans for factory in Hazelwood
London EV had plans to build a new hybrid electric delivery vehicle in the St. Louis suburb to bid for a $6 billion contract with the U.S. Postal Service. (KSDK)

What’s going on with flights at Columbia Regional Airport?
Regional carriers for American Airlines and United Airlines temporarily suspended operations at the airport over the weekend, citing runway conditions. (Columbia Missourian)

Lyft applies to rent e-scooters in St. Louis
If approved, Lyft could potentially compete with three other e-scooter companies in the market. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

KC-area logistics company sells to Spanish firm
Overland Park, Kansas-based MIQ Logistics had sold for roughly $39 million in 2010 to Austin Ventures. (Kansas City Business Journal)

St. Louis group to release MLS stadium designs by May
The group is putting “finishing touches” on corporate sponsorships and stadium designs as it tries to land a Major League Soccer team in St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kansas City tapped as first US city for Google Arts & Culture website, app
The app will allow users to explore the arts and history of 15 of the city’s cultural institutions alongside other power players in the art world, such as the Louvre. (Kansas City Business Journal)

St. Louis neighborhood development philanthropy raises $4 million in first year
Invest STL, which is run out of the St. Louis Community Foundation, also hired its first executive director, Dara Eskridge, last month. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CBD popularity on the rise in Missouri
The market for CBD, one of the naturally occurring chemical compounds in marijuana, is projected to reach a value of $22 billion by 2022. (Columbia Missourian)

Craft brewery, apparel company among KC’s Top 10 Small Businesses
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s finalists in-person at each individual business. (Kansas City Business Journal)


Say that again

“In Colorado, (cannabis business) regulations are about 800 pages long, but Missouri only has about 15 to 20 pages so far. … You don’t know what the final rules and regulations are, and frankly, even when the rules are finalized, they’re going to change every eight months.”

Attorney Steve Levine, a partner at the Kansas City law firm Husch Blackwell, says Missouri’s legal infrastructure for commercialized medical marijuana remains bare bones, even as thousands of applications for cannabis businesses have flooded in. In an interview with the Kansas City Business Journal, Levine, who specializes in cannabis and corporate law, said the lack of legal clarity could potentially lead to partnership disputes.


Go figure

12 percent

That’s the proportion of Missouri seniors who lacked consistent access to food in 2015, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. About 170,000 seniors suffer food insecurity due to cost, lack of transportation or other factors, St. Louis Public Radio reports.


Hello, my name is

Missouri Meerschaum Co.

The maker of corncob pipes in Washington is turning 150 years old this year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. To celebrate, the company is hosting a party on Friday and Saturday and tours of its factory, which is usually not open to the public.

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