Category: Community Spotlight

September 2021, Community Spotlight

Shatto Milk Co. Finds Success Connecting Cows and Customers

The 500 Holstein cows at Shatto Milk Co. may outnumber the human residents in their hometown of Osborn, MO (pop. 423). But they still get an awful lot of love here. They have a herdsman dedicated to their care, along with a team that includes agriscientists and a nutritionist working to keep them happy and cool in the summer heat. They have farmers growing some of cows’ favorite foods just…

Community Spotlight, August 2021

Business Blooms at Family Tree Nursery

It all started with some geraniums and a newspaper ad. A young flower grower who primarily sold his products wholesale found himself with a bumper crop of the popular annual. So he placed an ad to sell the extra supply — and the community responded in droves to his high-quality flowers.  What was originally planned as a one-time sale turned into an annual sale, and, before long, the business expanded…

July 2021, Community Spotlight, Expert Advice

Cherry Co. for the Win

Playing catcher in softball is not for the faint of heart. There’s the mask and other protective gear. The heat and the physical toll of crouching behind the plate inning after inning. And let’s not forget the critical job of catching every ball thrown at you even as opposing players swing metal bats inches from your face. None of that stopped Thalia Cherry when her college softball coach asked her…

June 2021, Community Spotlight, Expert Advice

Winco Flying High with Black Cat

In a July 1776 letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams predicted the Declaration of Independence would be celebrated for generations to come “with pomp and parade” and with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” He certainly nailed that one — especially the illuminations part. And Winco Fireworks International is at the forefront of making those national celebrations possible. Winco is one of the…

May 2021, Community Spotlight, Entrepreneurial Journey, Expansion, Expert Advice

Finding Business Success in Something Nobody Wants to Buy

Travis Burch and Carter Clond realize they sell something nobody really wants to spend money on when it comes to a home: new gutters. “Who thinks about gutters,” Burch asked. “It’s like the last thing on a home.” Yet when the two discovered a unique product offering in 2015, a lightbulb went off. They realized that, together, they had the right customer service and business background — combined with the…