Columbia’s Shifting Auto Market Puts More Dealers In The Driver’s Seat by KATHY CASTEEL photos by L.G. PATTERSON Columbia is on the move. Cars, trucks, motorcycles … no matter, we …
At Central Missouri Auto Body, they like to say, “Some repairs you see … ours you don’t!” What you do see at the industrious repair shop on Columbia’s north side is the face of the auto body business here. And it’s a decidedly feminine face.
Kim Stading was planning a hiking trip for her birthday when she came up with a business idea. The St. Louis native talked to friends and searched multiple websites to figure out what gear she needed, but she knew there had to be a more efficient way to get ready. Her search prompted her to found Pakity, a Web-based company that prepares custom kits of lightweight, easy-to-use supplies for inexperienced hikers and backpackers.
Last spring, Chris and Anita Nyenhuis made a business decision that took them 1,900 miles across the map. Their startup, Eyes on Freight, was ready to take off, so they decided to take off for a four-month stay at an accelerator in California’s Bay Area, where innovation rules the day.