Rock Port, Mo. – Owner, Stephanie Jakub, recently opened EM’s Emporium, a floral and gift shop in Rock Port, Missouri.

“I have added helium balloons and continue to provide floral, gifts, candy, and home décor,” Ms. Jakub said, “I also plan on having craft nights with kids, and adults.  My first kid’s craft day was held the weekend before I opened; we did a craft for the Mother’s for Mother’s Day.  The kids all did a great job and we all had a great time! “

Mother’s Day was a busy time for the new business and Ms. Jakub is excited for the future of her shop.

“I have always wanted to do something like this.  I was at a point in my career that I was ready for a change, this came up and everything fell into place,” she says of her new venture.

Ms. Jakub learned about Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) and facilitator Keli Morris from another small business owner, Judy Laflin of the Quilter’s Boutique, and is appreciative of the free services NWMEF provides.

“Keli has been a huge help,” Ms.  Jakub says, “She has given me tips and ideas on how to make a business successful and helped me set up Quick Books.

EM’s Emporium LLC, located at 404 S Main St, Rock Port, Missouri, will hold a business celebration hosted by the Rock Port Chamber of Commerce and NWMEF on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

If you are interested in starting or retaining your own business, Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) is here to help. NWMEF is an economic development project which serves six counties including Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth. Services are offered free and are strictly confidential. NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, contact Keli Morris, facilitator, at (816) 262-9400 or facilitator@nwmef.com. The Resource Board is comprised of more than 70 volunteer board members from each county as well as regional representation.