Author Archives: Jacob Luecke

Plans for Rock Island bike path prompt small-town entrepreneurship

It’s a Thursday in early June, and Kim’s Cabins in Windsor are completely booked. A group of out-of-state bicyclists is staying here, filling all three of the cabins. Owner Kim Henderson is thrilled. “It’s a little overwhelming how much traffic we’re seeing,” she said. A year ago, Henderson didn’t have space for a group this size. She had just one

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Boat industry ‘golden age’ leads to growth in Lebanon

If you’ve been thinking about buying a boat this summer, you’re not alone. Boat sales this year are the strongest they’ve been in nearly a decade. That’s led to a high tide in Lebanon, where the manufacturing economy rises and falls with the popularity of aluminum boats. “Just this year alone we saw several expansion projects,” said Brian Thompson, president

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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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