Success stories

I Can Too! Learning Center – Salem

Small business creates lasting impact one child at a time

Sunnen Products Co. – St. Louis

Got home safely last night? Thank Sunnen.

Craig Jennings – Davis Creek

How do you grow lettuce without soil?

Farm to You, LLC – Washington

Doing it the natural way pays.

Better by Design, LLC – Brookfield

Woman-owned construction firm succeeds with MO PTAC help.

Mo-Sci Corporation – Rolla (Where are they now?)

Helping wounds faster with – glass? Yes.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking, LLC – St. James

Building great cabinets by building great lives.

Joy & Gladness Children’s Academy LLC – Jefferson City

Joy and gladness in child care? Definitely.

EquipmentShare – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Securing millions and expanding nationwide.

Nanova, Inc. – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Finding global markets for a new surgical clip.

MIDSCI Inc. – Valley Park

Where’s the global demand for DNA reagents? The International Trade Center knows.

Civil Design, Inc. – St. Louis (Where are they now?)

Woman-owned engineering firm named a workplace star.

Midway Development Co., Inc. – Columbia

A business started in a pool performs swimmingly.

Roam Sticks, LLC – La Plata

Oh, give this family a home where the piggies roam

CellARide, LLC – Springfield

Tech firm texts their way to success.

A-Plus Contractors LLC – Saint Charles

“The St. Louis SBTDC is really good at what they do. Where we are at today would not be possible without them.”

Etegra, Inc. – Olivette

How can a small firm get big? By acting big. And where are they now? Making money from the people who make money.

Hannibal Machine Inc. – Hannibal

MO PTAC helped narrow these entrepreneurs’ vision.

Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. – Columbia

Energy problem? Who you gonna call? P2

Missouri Moisture Analyzers, LLC – Maryville

Living the good life in northwest Missouri.

Logboat Brewing – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Expanding and winning Columbia’s small business of the year award

Aspen Spas – St. Louis

Going head to head with the conglomerates can be daunting. Luckily there’s help.

k12itc, Inc. – Kansas City (Where are they now?)

Winning the Mr. K Award, one of the most prestigious awards around.

Public House Brewing Co. – Rolla, St. James

They wanted this to be the place for everyone else. They didn’t realize just how many everyone elses there were.

Custom Powder Systems, LLC – Springfield

They don’t just think outside the box. They build the box.

DTE, Inc. – Lebanon

DTE makes products that span human life, but spanning foreign competition was tougher — until TAAF.

Babyation – St. Louis (Where are they now?)

Fully funded and ready to ship next year, is where.

Silgan Plastic Food Containers – Union

You probably used a Silgan PFC food container today, and with ITC help, people globally soon will, too.

Charles Tool Company, LLC – Eminence

How do you tell if foreign companies making inquiries are legit?

BeWell Health, LLC – Columbia

Ancient Hindu practice updated for 21st century health

Logboat Brewing Co. LLC, Inc. – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Two BDP clients named to Columbia Business Times 20 under 40 list.

Pulse Medical Staffing, LLC – Columbia

Meet the mortar in the brick wall of health care.

Babyation – St. Louis

Wife and husband ask: Why can’t it be as smart as a smartphone, quiet as a luxury car?

Innovet, Inc. – St. Louis

Tenacity learned in the service leads to tenacity as an entrepreneur …

Veterans Worldwide Sales and Services, LLC – Gravois Mills

How can smaller firms compete in the federal marketplace?

Nanova – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Got cavities? There’s an innovative, MU-developed solution for that. Firm manufactures dental varnish, plans to add jobs.

Paradise Locker Meats, Inc. – Trimble

Just a little bit of paradise for carnivores

Elemental Enzymes Inc. – St. Louis (Where are they now?)

Helping feed 9 billion people by 2050, is where

Bur Oak Brewing Company – Columbia

What’s brewing in Columbia? Business success. Inc. – Columbia

Meet the Airbnb of equipment rental.

M3 Engineering Group PC – St. Louis

Happy hour leads to happy, busy days.

On the road to a new life

METP gave this father of four the confidence to start a new life.

Intek Corporation – Union

Business is heating up for this Franklin County firm.

Stronghold Data, L.L.C. – Joplin

Caves and high tech don’t normally go together. But this firm is anything but normal.

Brandt Contracting, Inc. – St. Peters

Sedrick Brandt is in the dirt business.

Theodosia Family Medical Clinic, LLC – Theodosia

Health care in rural Missouri is in crisis, so this entrepreneur decided to do something about it.

Vazquez Commercial Contracting, LLC – Kansas City (Where are they now?)

Contracting firm finds success in federal marketplace with MO PTAC help; wins No. 1 spot on Ingram’s Corporate 100 list.

Weaver Manufacturing Inc. – Columbia

Life isn’t easy for an American manufacturer.

Missouri Thistle, Inc. – Owensville

Meet the largest small manufacturer you’ve never heard of.

Production Products Manufacturing & Sales Co. – St. Louis City (Where are they now?)

Chemical and biological protective shelter maker tackles Ebola — and the future.

Restoring Hope, LLC – West Plains

BDP Excellence in Business Award winner restores hope to people with developmental disabilities while boosting family income in one of the U.S.’ poorest regions.

Shatto Milk Co. – Osborn

Innovative organic dairy recognized as 2015 Excellence in Business Award winner for outstanding contributions to economy of northwestern Missouri.

ALL Solutions Inc. – St. Louis

Government contracting specialist Carolyn Jones helps owner of strategic analysis firm land DLA contract worth up to $3 million.

EnCircle Technologies – Columbia

Business counselor dives in with business planning, research, crowdfunding, more to help firm train individuals with autism.

Halcyon Shades – St. Louis (Where are they now?)

Habitata president gives major props to BDP for multiple government contracts, resulting in profitable year, hiring new employees.

JUNK Architects – Kansas City

What do a 2001 medical tragedy and MRIs in Saudi Arabia have in common?

Mercury Communications & Construction Inc. – Fenton

TAAC gets results for wireless services provider and general contractor.

Civil Design, Inc. – St. Louis

Vicki LaRose is in civil design but her real business is changing lives.

Mark Hall Cabinetry – Columbia (Where are they now?)

Good things happen when businesses listen to their BDP counselors.

LMG Construction Services, LLC – Kansas City

Lisa Garney’s CV reads like a superheroine’s: Construction supervisor and jack-of-most trades, attorney, pilot, White House intern, London School of Economics graduate, Corps of Engineers-certified quality control manager, master plumber. Plumber?

EyeVerify, LLC – Kansas City (Where are they now?)

‘Eyeprinting’ BDP client lands on Main Street.

TD4 Electrical, LLC – St. Louis

What do St. Louis’ gleaming new Ballpark Village, its new art museum addition, the Iowa State Cyclones, the NFL’s all-time top rusher Emmitt Smith, IBM and the rain have in common?

Mark Twain Cave – Hannibal (Where are they now?)

BDP helps make this business much more than a hole in the hillside.

Pinckney Bend Distillery – New Haven

The crafts spirits industry today is like the craft beer industry 20 years ago — people are tired of the same old same old and thirsty for artisanal local brews like Pinckney Bend’s award-winning gin, whiskey, vodka and tonic syrup.

Triple R Recycling, LLC – Joplin

Recycling is all in this family.

STI Technology Solutions, Inc. – Jefferson City

John Smallwood misses the Alaska winters. Really.

Comfort of Home Healthcare, LLC – St. Joseph

The co-owners and co-founders of this home health care service saw their loved ones suffer from sub-standard care and thought, “We can do better.”

Infinite Energy Construction, Inc., – Kansas City (where are they now?)

BDP client named SBA’s Missouri Small Business Person of the Year

k12itc, Inc. – Kansas City

Brad Sandt looked at the sorry state of education tech and thought, “There has to be a better way!”

Lumate, LLC – St. Louis and Rolla

Tech company boldly goes into the final advertising frontier — mobile devices.

SCD Probiotics – Kansas City

Matthew Wood had a strong incentive to improve health and the environment — his mother, who died of cancer when he was just 18.

Hufft Projects, LLC – Kansas City (Where are they now?)

Internationally acclaimed design firm Hufft Projects, LLC, profiled here last year, will relocate to Roanoke Park and hire 12 employees.

PSRI Technologies, LLC – Jefferson City & Chesterfield

We celebrate Black History Month with this story of a talented, hard-working woman who found a niche and stuck with it.

Logboat Brewing Co. LLC – Columbia

They thought they had the business plan down cold — until they met with the MO SBTDC.

ACE Midwest, LLC — Parkville

How does a cable cross the road?
Very carefully.

InnovaPrep LLC – Drexel

The price of vigilance

Central Ozark Machine, Inc. – Alton

Triumph over adversity in Oregon County.

Major Custom Cable, Inc. – Jackson

MCC finds big potential in little Liechtenstein.

HY-C Company, Inc. – St. Louis

HY-C has been warming American homes since 1947, but import competition almost extinguished its fire.

Express Scale Parts, Inc. – Shawnee, Kan.

Manufacturer of bagging scales; bag hangers; closing, positioning and transfer conveyors; palletizing equipment; and portable bagging.

American Stitchco, Inc. – Mountain Home, Ark.

Manufacturer of stitched accessories and production parts for the automotive industry

InfernoTek – St. Joseph

Turning temperatures of 35 below to profit … the Inferno Element Protection System.

Phoenix Textile Corporation – O’Fallon

How did a small healthcare textiles firm make it to the big time? Government contracting.

JHS Specialties – Valles Mines

The discipline, drive and determination to get the job done

Lew’s Fishing Tackle – Springfield

Bringing back the ‘70s … lighter, faster, stronger.

Green Field Energy Group – Lee’s Summit

Who says government contracting is dying?

DoctorOn LLC – Columbia

Where were you 17?
Disease diagnosis via smart phone … there’s an app for that.

TwoAlity, LLC – Columbia

Twins with a flair for footwear … boots with clear plastic uppers

RK Stratman Inc. – Wentzville

Harley-Davidson T-shirt maker RK Stratman revs up international sales with help from MO SBTDC business development specialists.

Halcyon Shades – St. Louis

Habitata brought jobs back. from Mexico, creating jobs and transforming a St. Louis neighborhood

Mark Hall Cabinetry – Columbia

Mastering financials spelled the difference between success and failure for this Columbia firm.

Mark Twain Cave – Hannibal

Floods are not normally a good thing, but this multifaceted business reaped valuable lessons from the flood of ’08.

Rockridge Group – Springfield

These partners formed their own firm rather than stand by and watch their jobs disappear.

Joplin 3D4D Imaging Center

Custom ultrasound center takes clients into the fourth dimension.

WideBand Corporation – Gallatin

Big ideas from a small town … how computer network manufacturer WideBand Corporation developed additional technologies to win government research grants.

EyeVerify LLC – Kansas City

The eyes have it …
are you who you say you are?

AmiraLin Innovations – Columbia

A lot of inventions we see are looking for a problem to fix. This is just the opposite — an invention that solves a real problem.

American Food Exporters, LLC – Creve Coeur

As the developing world’s purchasing power grows, so does interest in the American lifestyle, including snack foods

Dacor Manufacturing, LLC – Fenton

Exporting to Bangladesh

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. – St. Louis

Awnings, canopies, displays and more

Mike’s Daylight Donuts – Moberly & Macon

Mike and Susan Davis, current co-owners of Daylight Donuts franchises in Moberly and Macon, were tired of working for other people.

Hufft Projects – Kansas City

KC design firm wins international kudos.

Vazquez Commercial Contracting, LLC – Kansas City

From $38,000 to $1.3 million and 25 federal projects

C & M Contractors, Inc. – Doniphan

They’d never worked in the conditions they found in Joplin

Innovating Solutions LLC – Belton

There’s an app for that!

BagBowl – Kansas City

It’s in the bag!

Broyles Transfer & Storage – Kirksville

Veteran Jacob Condon of Broyles Transfer and Storage in Kirksville hasn’t followed a conventional path to business success. But it’s worked for him.

Infinite Energy Construction – Kansas City

FastTrac Growth Venture courses pay off for this construction company.

Foxhole Technology Inc., Springfield

As a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, Foxhole Technology accrues distinct advantages in procuring government contracts through MO PTAC.

Frank B. Powell Lumber Co. – Licking

Former veteran finds his niche, explores new markets

Ridewell Corporation – Springfield

Ridewell Corporation was hesitant to step into the contracting arena. Until MO PTAC came calling.

Robinson’s Cleaners – Columbia & Jefferson City

What’s a little laundry between friends? So reads the website of Robinson’s Cleaners, a third-generation business owned a brother and sister team.

Prier – Grandview

Making international business flow

Cardinal Scale Manufacturing – Webb City

Helping one of the most recognized but unnoticed American brands compete globally

Window Technology, Inc. – Monett

Fighting back against cheap imports

Cap America, Inc. – Fredericktown

Feeling the pinch of foreign competition

Wildwood Vision Specialists, LLC – Wildwood

Far-seeing optometrists open own business

Frontier Environmental Technology – Rolla

Saving lives with revolutionary waste water treatment

Accurate Rx Pharmacy – Columbia

Home infusion and specialty pharmacy services

Billy Goat Industries, Inc. – Lee’s Summit

Providing an entire go-to-market model

Creative Blow Mold Tooling – Lee’s Summit

Supplying life’s essentials doesn’t always mean you’ll survive and thrive

Amplify Gymnastics – Joplin

Return to normalcy

MO-SCI – Rolla

Rolla-based MO-SCI combines R&D and manufacturing capabilities to make extraordinary glass products for specialized applications.

FINSPEED – Moberly

Moberly is the right place to set up shop for high-performance auto parts maker

JMARK Business Solutions, Inc. – Springfield

Springfield-based computer network services firm expands with advice from MSU SBTDC

Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro – Columbia

Energetic owner of Columbia-based Asian bistro offers sumptuous cuisine in a soothing atmosphere

Chiropractic Wellness Center of South County – Fenton

Young chiropractor team enlists help from MO SBTDC to seek financial backing for new practice in Fenton

Forest City Footwear and Screen Printing – St. James

St. James native happily transitions from 9-to-5 job to business ownership

Elemental Enzymes Inc. – Columbia

Tech startup in Columbia focuses on developing cheaper, longer-lasting enzyme products to treat contaminated water, soil

Simms Building Group Inc. – St. Louis

General contractor turns construction experience to business success in St. Louis.

Genesis Environmental Solutions Inc. – Blue Springs

Blue Springs environmental services firm makes positive strides with advice from MU Extension business development experts

Respond Right EMS Academy – St. Peters

EMS experience, solid business advice prepare two St. Peters entrepreneurs for constant change

Comparative Clinical Pathology Services – Columbia

Veterinary clinical pathologist creates profitable commercial laboratory in Columbia

I3 Technology Group Inc. – Joplin

Young tech-service company tackles growth challenges with guidance from MSSU SBTDC business experts

Mobile Media Technologies LLC – Parkville

UCM SBTDC tech client helped county emergency management office respond to Northwest Missouri floods

Affordable Moving Services Inc. – Branson

Branson moving company taps SBTDC expertise during business downturn

Danni Nicole’s – Hannibal

Upscale women’s clothing store taps unmet market in northeast Missouri

Hensley Technologies – Kansas City

KC tech equipment supplier rapidly reaches milestone in government contracts

Interdisciplinary Design Collaborative LLC – Rolla

S&T students win University of Missouri entrepreneurship award

Old World Spices & Seasonings Inc. – Concordia

Seasoning company adds spice to nationwide food-industry customer base

B.K. Bakery LLC – Jefferson City

Pastry chef comes home to start upscale bakery in Jefferson City

A.M. Pyrotechnics LLC – Buffalo

Childhood vision becomes entrepreneurial reality for pyrotechnics manufacturer.

QM Power Inc. – Greenwood

Entrepreneurism proves habit forming for founders of firm developing new magnetic force control technology

Nanoparticle BioChem, Inc. – Columbia

Nanotechnology firm capitalizes on advice from MU business development team.

Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction – Columbia

Columbia-based researcher explores benefits of human-animal bonds.

Five-Star Houseboat Vacations – Kimberling City

Iowa natives launch houseboat rental business on Table Rock Lake

Hot Box Cookies – Columbia

Enterprising college students find themselves in the dough at their Columbia cookie shop

Nanova Inc. – Columbia

Chinese engineer makes Columbia his entrepreneurial home to produce better dental, orthopedic materials for patients.

Patric Chocolate – Columbia

Missourian’s heartfelt business of fine chocolate making leads to discriminating taste buds worldwide.

NEMS/MEMS Works LLC – Columbia

MU engineering researchers aim to take nanotechnology to the marketplace

Brick City Custom Works – Mexico

Three Mexico, Mo., motorcycle enthusiasts team up to transform their avocation into serious business.