Author Archives: Jacob Luecke

Overcoming Obstacles to Starting a Small Business in the Show-Me State

Small business constitutes a large part of the Missouri economy and provides sustainable jobs for many Missourians. Missouri has 461,259 small businesses, according to the most current federal data. Of those small businesses, 131,405 have employees. The remaining 329,854 are small businesses that have no employees. These small business statistics for Missouri do not include all self-employed individuals working in

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The origins of right-to-work in Missouri

Earlier this year, the Missouri General Assembly passed a right-to-work bill that was signed into law by Gov. Eric Greitens. The whole process took less than five weeks — lightning speed in legislative terms. However, what seemed like a swift passage actually ended what was likely one of the longest advocacy campaigns in state history. As reported in the archives

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Independent ice manufacturers fight being frozen out

In the ice business, mid-May typically marks the beginning of the busy season. This year, the season opened with a bang. The Mother’s Day holiday and school graduation ceremonies coincided with ideal picnic weather during the May 13-14 weekend. It seemed like almost everyone needed ice. The following Tuesday, the biggest freezer at Hilke’s Ice in Freeburg was still half

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Cool and connected: Refrigeration technology revolutionizes Prime Inc.

Consider the challenge of moving a trailer full of ice cream through the Mojave Desert. Temperatures can top 110 degrees on these desert highways. Ice cream, on the other hand, must be kept at negative 20 degrees to stay fresh. This might sound like a ridiculous scenario, but it’s actually a real job handled by Springfield-based Prime Inc., which operates

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