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Entrepreneurs in Columbia might get a boost from a program being designed to help business startups.
The Columbia City Council last week allocated $150,000 to Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, with an original goal of providing loans for new small businesses.
But REDI is instead working with the University of Missouri and the Small Business and Technology Development Center to devise a program that would do more than simply provide loans.
Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city.