It’s encouraging to see the excitement growing over the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council’s (MRED) Startup Moniteau program which is set to launch on September 14. Entrepreneurship is more than starting your own business. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. A good entrepreneurship ecosystem helps these startup businesses grow and thrive.
Here in Moniteau County, that is exactly what we are trying to create. Several of the long running businesses in the county started with someone who took an idea, whether it be a product and/or service, and had the skillset, will, and courage to take extreme risk to do whatever it took to turn that concept into reality. These entrepreneurs not only brought their idea to market but made it a viable product and/or service that people desired or needed. That’s exactly who we are trying to reach through our Startup Moniteau program.
On September 14 from 6-8 PM at Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Tipton, entrepreneurs are encouraged to come out and share some burgers and brats with us. These events will happen again in October, November, and December. MRED will have professionals there who can help plug them into resources that will help them take their business idea, whether it be a product and/or service, and turn that idea into a reality. Once we know who our entrepreneurs are, MRED will pay their way through the LaunchU Program offered through the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at State Fair Community College. At the end of the 4-6-week course, these entrepreneurs will participate in a “pitch” competition with the possibility of being awarded financial and business service incentives.
Startup Moniteau can be a win-win for the entire region and we need to know who our entrepreneurs are. If you have a business idea, know someone with a business idea, or are operating an early-stage startup, then we want to talk to you. Let’s start growing businesses from within!
To learn more about Startup Moniteau visit www.mred.biz/startup-moniteau/