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Why Get Involved?

  • Sign up and all events are free.
  • You will be connected with screened investment opportunities according to your profile preferences.
  • Entrepreuners will have recieved coaching and mentoring by successful businessmen before presentation.
  • Grow Mid-Missouri will host regular investment forums to allow the 10 most promising businesses to meet with 10 investors during a speed-pitching session.
  • You will help grow your community, support local businesses, and increase your investing/lending opportunities.

Why Small Business?

MAEDC is a sponsor of the Grow Mid-Mo initiative. Our goal is to see new small business start all across the MAEDC region. Why are we committed to small business growth and not just large business growth? Take a look at this data from the US Small Business Administration:

How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy? Small firms: • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. • Employ half of all private sector employees. • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. • Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years. • Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP. • Hire 43 percent of high tech workers ( scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others). • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises. • Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY 2008. • Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau and Intl. Trade Admin.; Advocacy-funded research by Kathryn Kobe, 2007 ( and CHI Research, 2003 (;U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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