Youth Empowerment Zone is scheduled to have its first annual fashion show on September 23. YEZ is a program that focuses on teaching life skills needed to be successful in the business world. The fashion show will help distinguish what is and what is not appropriate for young adults to wear to a job interview. YEZ Director Lorenzo Lawson says that appearance is an important aspect of the interview process.
“We teach that you can’t go to an interview when you’ve got your pants sagging and you are showing all of your tattoos,” Lawson said.
Researchers Katie and Brian Thompson of the University of Missouri took the plunge to start a company a few years ago. They relocated to the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, which provides them office space and mentorship support. The husband and wife team developed a technology that stabilizes enzymes. They created a platform technology, which has applications in many industries.
Columbia software startup Zapier won the first ever Columbia Startup Weekend and rode that success all the way to Silicon Valley. When I last spoke to the trio, they had finished a mentorship program at the Y Combinator in California and were confident about the future. When I last spoke with Zapier in late September, I asked founder Wade Foster if he was talking with investors. He would say only "our biggest thing is just getting back to work and growing the product and user base." Now Zapier is hiring their first employee and pouring resources into the next iteration of their web-based services.
As Zapier wrapped up its three-month stint in seed accelerator Y Combinator earlier this year, the founders of the Columbia, Mo.-born startup fielded ample advice on how to handle funding. "We heard, 'Get fundraising done as fast as possible. Don't worry about it. You want to finish it, and ...
Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. 125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.
What do these companies have in common? Yes, they're big companies, they employ a lot of people and they're successful. But here's one more thing--all of these companies were created in a period of economic downturn. The Fortune 500 is littered with stories like this.
Business Beat spoke with Maria Figueroa-Armijos who's one of the authors of a new study which suggests that certain types of entrepreneurs are on the rise and it’s not in spite of the recession--it’s because of it.