This program is targeted to help any person who aspires to create or expand a business in one of six Northwest Missouri counties: Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway or Worth.
The NWMEF board provides an Enterprise Facilitator who gives intensive, one-on-one assistance to the entrepreneur, educating him or her in the “Trinity of Management”, a concept that teaches each entrepreneur how to put a successful business and a business team into place. The Facilitator tests the personal motivation and skill of the client and develops the client's capacity to assess his/her own management strengths and weaknesses.
Besides using the intelligence and resources of the community-wide Board, the Facilitator also links clients to programs and resources offered by economic development organizations and professionals. The service is free and confidential to any local individual with an idea for starting or expanding a business.
Announcing a New Eatery with a Catchy Name: Toad Hollar Bar & Grill
Mound City, MO -
Nathan Livengood and Jason Finney have opened a restaurant, the Toad Hollar Bar & Grill in Mound City. In addition they will be offering Conference rooms for rent and catering services in-house. They say that what makes them unique is that they make all their food from scratch, with no preservatives or additives. “Our biscuits, hamburger buns, hoagie rolls, dinner rolls and loaves of wheat and white bread are all made from the simplest of ingredients, starting with flour, eggs and sugar. We also make our salad dressings from scratch, so few name brands will be found in our facility,” says Nathan.
The entrepreneurial venture started with Nathan getting time off from his job at a factory due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Since times were uncertain, and time at home was plentiful, he planted a garden and added a chicken coop to the barn. For Jason, the greenhouse at which he worked was cutting hours because the planting season was coming to a close, so he was looking for a job. They started selling produce from the garden at local farmers’ markets and preserving jams and jelly to sell to those who attended. Popularity for the jam and jellies grew until it outgrew the “Cottage Law” which led the two to search for a certified kitchen. “While we are still unable to sell our preserved jams and jellies to customers, we ended up opening a restaurant featuring these items on some of our menu items. Being our own bosses and building our business outside of a corporate setting set well with us. Also the enjoyment of providing people with a product that they come back for gives us pride in what we do”, says Nathan.
“The biggest struggle we have faced at this point is guessing how many people we can plan on visiting our restaurant on any given day and how much food to prepare to limit waste and labor cost,” says Nathan. The entrepreneurs are working through the steps successfully and looking forward to the future. They plan to grow the business by getting more involved with the community and planning activities that will encourage community togetherness. They will be holding volleyball, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments on the premises. Nathan encourages other entrepreneurs with these words: “Be aware of risk, but don’t let it defeat you before getting started. Every adventure may have risk involved but having a back-up plan to offset that risk and understanding the aspects of that risk fully will give you the ability to plan for the unexpected. Furthermore, enjoy what you are doing and what you are selling. You are more likely to work harder when you enjoy what you do.”
Nathan and Jason heard about Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation services through one of the organization’s board members that owns the lease to the building where they are tenants. They say that they used the Enterprise Facilitator, Keli Morris to help guide them in an industry they knew little about in terms of the “details” and legalities. “While we were able to cook up a storm in the kitchen, the business portion in terms of licenses, agreements, taxation and overall laws and rules of running a business that serves food to the public was very new to us. NWMEF has given us the guidelines and guidance to complete forms, applications and others documentation necessary to be successful in what we do”, says Nathan.
We’re Sew Crazy! – Custom Quilting, Fab Fabrics, Notions, Classes and More!
Savannah, MO -
Pat Chatman and Lynne Miller have opened a custom quilting shop in Savannah called We’re Sew Crazy! This business was a dream that the two had talked about and joked about until they finally decided that it was the right time to take the plunge into this entrepreneurial adventure.
In addition to the custom quilting, the shop has more to offer: fabulous fabrics, notions and patterns. The two will also offer classes, “sew-ins” and hopes in future to give “sewing retreats.”
This venture has not been without some challenges, such as shipping problems and obtaining other pre-requisites of starting a small business. But the two entrepreneurs have prevailed. They say, “It has taken patience. But as hard as it has been at times, and frustrating, we are confident that it is coming together and will be worth it at the end.”
Both women give credit to Keli Morris of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation for help in getting their business up and running. They heard about NWMEF’s free and confidential business service at the courthouse and are pleased that Keli was able to introduce them to needed contacts and guide them through the steps to get them where they are now.
New Counseling Practice to Open in Maryville
A new mental health counseling practice is opening in Maryville that will serve the entire northwest Missouri region and beyond. Janet Luzmoor Counseling, LLC, will provide professional counseling services to adults and couples, offering in-person sessions at the office in Maryville, and throughout the state via telehealth.
Janet, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), reported being excited about the new venture and the opportunity to provide this service, while fulfilling a longtime dream of having a private practice. She says, “It is especially important right now to seek help for mental health symptoms that have intensified for so many people due to the pandemic. We are seeing an increase in depression and anxiety in the general population, not just those with a history of mental health concerns. I look forward to meeting the growing need in our communities.”
Education and experience are assets that Janet brings to her practice. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from NWMSU in 1994, and she holds two master’s degrees. Janet graduated from Rockhurst University in 2009 with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and from University of St. Mary in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She holds a wide variety of life experiences and has worked for the past six years in community mental health, giving her a valuable combination of skills for the profession.
Janet is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and she utilizes numerous therapeutic techniques to treat a wide range of issues. She enjoys relational counseling using primarily integrated approaches, but is trained in multiple interventions. She added, “I tailor individualized treatment based on client needs and preferences, and I look forward to serving all populations with caring and respect.”
Keli Morris of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) has been an asset for Janet in the process of opening her practice. Janet noted, “Starting a business has been much easier with Keli’s help and the assistance of the professionals she recommended. She had an answer for every question I had throughout the entire process.”
In her free time, Janet enjoys being with family and friends, travelling, and flower gardening.
New Business Provides Family Health Care in Maryville
Maryville, MO – A business celebration will be held at the new office of Mullock Health Care at 2332 S Main. The public is invited to meet Dr. Dallas Mullock, who has started a private practice medical clinic specializing in Family medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.
Dr. Mullock notes, “Mullock Health Care offers a variety of services that many family practice physicians don’t perform, allowing us to provide our patients the convenience without having to go to multiple providers. Examples are: trigger point and ultrasound-guided joint injections, laceration repairs, ingrown or toenail trimming/removal, skin biopsies, abscess incision and drainage, and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, EGDs and colonoscopies.”
The doctor already had the idea of being an entrepreneur in high school as a participant with Future Business Leaders of America. He continued with the business courses and experiences in college and adult life prior to medical school. His biggest struggle with opening this business had to do with timing. He says, “COVID-19! When I set out to start a medical practice, I never imagined a pandemic would occur just as I opened our doors. With healthcare across the country struggling to get PPE and medical supplies last spring, being a new business put us as low priority in getting basic supplies. Additionally, we have had to rely on a lot of word of mouth and traditional advertising to get our business name to the public as so many in-person events were cancelled.
Dr. Mullock persevered through it all and encourages other entrepreneurs to understand that the key to success is to take time for planning. He says, “It benefits the business to do your research and business planning which helped me get off with the right foot. Don’t get discouraged with small setbacks even if it costs extra time.” The doctor heard about the services of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation through the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. He credits Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation for their help in providing business plan feedback, resources and contacts, and marketing strategies.
Maryville, MO – Tara Myers, owner of the Simply Posh Boutique, will be featuring women’s clothing, shoes and accessories at the business on 2206 S. Main Street. She will be running the business with her daughters. Tara is excited to offer a fun alternative to big box stores. She says, “Our products are unique in this area because we will offer exclusive brands that can’t be purchased elsewhere. We have competitive prices as well as a loyalty program that keeps our customers engaged and coming back time and time again. We are also in a small community where loyalty runs deep. The nearest big box shopping is 45 minutes away and so from last minute outfit changes to just getting in some retail therapy many women come to us!”
Tara was inspired to become an entrepreneur because she wanted to establish a business in which her family could get involved. “Owning your own business is a lot of hard work and to be successful takes time and energy. We have six daughters and I wanted a business that would inspire and encourage them to not only work the business with me but also be able to spend more time with them while we grow our business. A boutique was a great way to do that because who doesn’t love clothes!” But at the same time this entrepreneur is realistic – she admits her biggest struggle will be to figure out how to balance the home/work schedule.
Tara credits Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation’s Keli Morris for putting her in touch with a finance option and giving her business advice. “It also helps to simply have someone in your corner to help point you in the right direction.”
The new owner’s goals for the boutique in the next years are ambitious. “We want to grow the store in the next 5 years and hopefully move into a bigger location as well as expanding the lines and sizes available.” For others who might also aspire to starting a new business, she gives this advice: “Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help from other business owners and most importantly, don’t be afraid to take a chance you believe in.”
Tuck Point Bar and Grill is having a Business Celebration!
Ravenwood, MO – Ryan and Megan Cordell have recently purchased Tuck Point Bar and Grill in Ravenwood, MO. Tuck Point was founded by Megan’s brother and sister-in-law, Colby and Megan Wiederholt, in 2019. Megan Cordell stated: “When I found out that they wanted to sell the restaurant, we all wanted to keep it in the family and thought it would be an exciting adventure for my family!” The restaurant is located at 101 South Main Street, Ravenwood, MO. “We offer great food and a fun atmosphere for the community says, Ryan.”
Talking about a family adventure, Ryan and Megan are learning everything there is to know about the restaurant business in general! Ryan is a farmer and seed dealer and Megan’s career has been a nurse since 2009. They are both excited about expanding into a whole new world and carrying on a well-established business for the community and region.
Megan envisions the business to grow over the next 5 years. They will make changes to the menu and hours as time goes on. They also would love to host more events throughout the year. Megan gave a sneak peek to the future, “we would LOVE to have an outside patio area in the future.” When asked what advice she would give to other entrepreneurs, Megan suggests “Educate yourself on the business, be open to changes throughout the years to keep your business thriving and always be prepared for the unexpected.”
The Cordells learned about Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation from Colby and Megan Wiederholt and were appreciative of the assistance they received from Keli Morris, Facilitator, with helping get the restaurant going by providing helpful information and resources they needed.