8:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid

Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought. The deadline for loans is March and applications can be submitted online at

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4:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia activists fight urban blight label

A city of Columbia's effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.

The "blight" label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.

Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.

9:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia poverty rate above national average as Matthes delivers state of the city report

Columbia's poverty rate stands at 23 percent--nine percent above the national average.

The latest Columbia state of the city address reports mixed emotions about the city’s economic situation.

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4:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Missouri House votes to trim business taxes

Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses.

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4:47 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

1,500 veterans hired through new program

The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that.

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Arts and Culture
10:24 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Columbia living windows boosts ecnomy

The District hosts its annual Living Windows festival Friday night in Columbia.

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