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The Bourbon Friday Show with Janna Westbrook from Provider Pool

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Janna Westbrook, CEO and Founder of Provider Pool.

State of the St. Louis “Techforce”: Jobs are Plentiful but Employer’s Hiring Practices Remain...

We all want St. Louis to be a “hub” of something: in startup growth, in geospatial intelligence, in cybersecurity, in healthcare, in agtech.There...

7 Regional Imperatives to Strengthen the Impact of our Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

WEPOWER is launching a new accelerator for Black and Latinx founders of early-stage companies. WEPOWER's Founder and CEO, Charli Cooksey, explains what we as a business community can do to drive systemic change in St. Louis.

St. Louis Business Community Stands to Win from 2020 Census Going Digital

Census decision to drop citizenship question is a win for St. Louis entrepreneurs; internet-based Census brings opportunity and challenges. Caroline Fan is the new govtech and smart cities contributor to EQ.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Michael Powers from Tower Grove Pride

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Olamide Adeboye, CEO and Founder of Wakava.

The First Step in Making Your Startup’s First Hire

One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a startup founder has been meeting the nearly one hundred St. Louisans that I’ve...

Experience Inflation is Killing Our Talent Pool and Here’s What We Can do About...

When I transitioned out of the military in 2007, I was applying for jobs everywhere. I wasn’t sure "what I wanted to be when...

Innovative Strategies to Get St. Louisans Hired and Companies Fully Staffed

Join a panel discussion on this topic this Thursday, June 27 from 6:30-7:30 pm, at Venture Café.

21 Questions that Help You Pursue the Right Funding Options for Your Startup

On April 15th, Ched Wagner, Manager of Nvsted, is hosting a panel discussion at EQ Leadership Labs on Crowdfunding Your Business.

Spotlighting St. Louis Companies Solving Their Talent Shortages

When St. Louis Community College produced its latest State of the St. Louis Workforce report, 61% of the tech firms surveyed said that they...

What if St. Louis Addressed the Tech Talent Shortage Better Than Any Other City?

In 2017, St. Louis pulled together a cohesive, region-wide plan to woo Amazon to our area for its second headquarters. Yet despite our best...

Connecting St. Louis’ Gigabyte Corridor to Central Business District Shows Placemaking Potential

Completed Ballpark Village could serve as a "Perfectly Centered"​ CBD anchor for a connected set of St. Louis center City districts.

Some Kids Just Aren’t Meant for College (Just as Long as We are Talking...

“Some kids,” the Workforce Development Committee chair said, “just aren’t college material.”A version of that statement has been uttered by countless participants in the...

Don’t Drown in “Should”

Transform "Shouldha/Wouldha/Couldha," into "I can. I will. I did."

Step Up Your Social Selling in 2019 With These 4 Linkedin Outreach Tactics

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

The “I’m No Different” Paradox

Fundamental gaps in experience prevent investment in diverse startups.
T-REX Impact Report

How Relocating to T-Rex Brought Engility Closer to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Given the early success of T-REX for Engility and NGA, I think the venerable tyrannosaur may be my new personal spirit animal.

Partnership for Economic Impact: Financial Empowerment and Sustainability

Improving access to financial services and critical employment skills training for low-to-moderate income communities.

Social Entrepreneurs are Symbiotic With Traditional For-Profit Business

The goals of social good and for-profit businesses may not be opposed. There's a natural quid-pro-quo that social entrepreneurs can offer traditional industry.

Purchase with Purpose: Meet OneOddBird

Lori Samuels is the founder of OneOddBird, a unique women’s accessories brand that recently relocated to St. Louis from San Marino, California. Samuels is...

The Next Frontier in Leadership Development

Attend "Optimize Your Brain For Leadership" and learn Neuro-Activation techniques and tools this Friday, December 7th, at Return to Your Power’s small group intensive...

Your Enemy Is Indecision: How To Reduce Sales Cycle Times & Increase Close Rates

Structuring decisive approaches to long standing customer issues is what selling is all about.

St. Louis Needs A Sales Skills Accelerator

And we don't have one yet, so we're launching a series of sales skills training events to activate the sales community here in St. Louis.

3 Ways (and 1 Huge Context) to Break the Investing Spiral that Works Against...

It was a sunny Saturday morning and five alumni of a program renowned nationwide for its progress in closing the technological gap were evaluating...

Co-Working Becomes Mainstay as Freelancing is on the Rise

The first time I walked into a co-working space, it was an otherworldly experience. Listening to the tour guide show me each and every...

Integrity Drives Opportunity: It’s OK to Let Your Personal Values Influence the Direction of...

Starting a business is a long and difficult process, especially when going it alone. Erin Joy knows the difficult road of business ownership first...

With SLU’s Big Ideas Challenge Our Minds Are Fixed On the Future of St....

SLU is currently engaged in a bold reshaping of its future. We firmly believe universities have the power to inspire transformative thinking that translates...

Decision Making Made Easy: Follow the Next Right Thing

A decision matrix that hinges on a single question.

Social Entrepreneurship More About the Ends than the Means

This article was written with assistance and editorial by Ted Floros. The opinions expressed in this article are our own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Beyond Housing or Washington University.

IoT in Agriculture Makes Heartland Tech Really Sexy

We tend to think of the tech revolution in sexy terms – the sleek new gadget, the impossibly cool Silicon Valley, the enigmatic tech...

The Real Epicenter of the Talent Crisis

Today's Building Blocks curated conversation at Covo focuses on inspiring and nurturing leadership.

Scrappy Marketing Tactics for Growing Your Bootstrapped Business

For the bootstrapped entrepreneur the quickest path to failure is running out of cash. Sapper Consulting shares five marketing tips to stop that happening.

OPO Startups Members Have Raised $10M and Created a Combined Payroll of $12M. Here’s...

OPO is a co-working center for digital Startups located in the “Old Post Office” building on Main Street St. Charles. The 10,000 square foot...

Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Overlook The Low-Income Market

I’ve seen it over and over again: companies target their latest and greatest product to a demographic making $100k or more per household. These...

Investing in Apprenticeships In Cybersecurity Is A Safe Bet

"A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can't give you a formula for that" - Chet Atkins

Intelligent Messaging Is Getting Smarter, Everyday

Chatbots can be a smart way to interact and engage with your customers especially through messaging apps, but you’ll have to train them.Since...

Innovate Giving Event Explores How Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is Disrupting Philanthropy

Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy is innovating fast. We take a moment to talk about it. Join us at T-Rex this Friday, July 27th from...
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St. Louis’ SLAM! Agency Opens Office In Miami CIC

SLAM! Agency, the agency behind the podcast “Innovation City” is hosting a grand opening for their new Miami office in CIC’s Wynwood co-working space...

Farmers Are Businesspeople, Too

A farmer’s ultimate goal is to maximize his or her profits. For any business advertising new services or technologies to the farming community, that’s...
Guy Weitzman Atomation

Meet Me in St. Louis: Maintaining Team Cohesion Between the Midwest and the Middle...

Globalism has changed so much, including how we conduct business every day.

Stop Treating Your Failure Like it was the Ultimate Warrior

When I was a child, one of my heroes disappeared.Poof. Gone. No more.Like he never existed in the first place.It was 1992, and The...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Darryl Palmer on Bringing Singularity University to St. Louis

On this episode of The Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Darryl Palmer, CTO for Janus Choice, and Ambassador to...

Building a Fair Trade Clothing Brand in St. Louis: Meet Beautiful Mexicana

When you hear the word "fair trade", you might immediately think of the Guatemalan coffee from your favorite hipster coffee chain or tomato farmers; in reality, the scope is much larger. Fair trade encompasses the entire supply chain from getting the product made by the original producer to shipping it to a store, and into placing it in the hands of the final consumer.
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The Bourbon Friday Show: Tyler Kelley On Doing Something Bigger

The purpose of telling your story is to connect your story with another human being's story, and when that happens, magic happens.

Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its American Dream

We don't need no edumacation. Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its Entrepreneurial Potential

Farmers Aren’t Just the Backbone of America. They’re People Too.

Today's modern farmers are social, informed, and online. If you don't already know this, your ag business is likely missing out on some major marketing opportunities.

The Bourbon Friday Show: Featuring Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai

In this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai, about the AI...
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The Bourbon Friday Show Featuring Lisa Hu: Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Hu, Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx,...

Could St. Louis Become the Next Startup Nation?

When Atomation, my Internet of Things company, moved its headquarters from Tel Aviv to St. Louis last year, the choice likely puzzled some. Wouldn’t...

Innovation Hall is Emblematic Of All Our Achievements In Building The St. Louis Startup...

When a city invests in its entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs will invest in the city.

Ireland’s Dogpatch Labs Provides Global Model for Corporate-Startup Collaboration

Dogpatch Labs is a startup hub located in central Dublin in Ireland. In 2016, it was on the itinerary for a delegation of St....

Last Week Amazon Announced It’s Coming to St. Charles County. Here’s What It Means...

It isn’t often that two major e-commerce companies announce they will create nearly 2,000 combined jobs in one community.It’s even rarer when the...

Brian Lunt and Brett Kline on Collaborative Coworking for Media Makers

“I think we have, at a city level, gone after large organizations to come in and revive St Louis. You look at the Amazon...
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

7 Awesome Moments from VentureBeat’s #BLUEPRINT2018 Conference

As developments like Amazon's HQ2 search and the opening of Tesla's Gigafactory 1 demonstrate, the American Heartland is grabbing the new economy by the horns. Government officials, business leaders, and startup luminaries descended on Reno, Nevada to discuss how we take the next step up.

You Are (So Much) More Than Your Business Cards

Putting the "social" back in networking.

3 Strategies for Midwest Entrepreneurs Looking for Startup Funding

Do you dream of launching your own startup? If so, finance probably comes high on your list of priorities. As a founder myself, I’ve...

5 Things Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Chef

OlioCity discusses entrepreneurship with award winning chef, Gerard Craft, founder of Porano Pasta, a fast casual Italian restaurant that is a favorite of Downtown residents and workers.

Startup Growth: Slow and Steady — Or Fast and Furious?

Calling all hares and tortoises! The race is on!

STL Community Cast: Alderman Jeffrey Boyd on Reinventing North St Louis One Neighborhood at...

Jeffrey Boyd grew up in Hamilton Heights in North St Louis, a neighborhood he now serves as Alderman of the 22nd ward. Back in...

3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 is a Great Year to Start a...

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018.Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to...

Why Missouri Innovation Leaders Should Focus on AgTech and Autonomous Vehicles

I’m not originally from Missouri, so the first time I drove from St. Louis to Kansas City, I learned three things:Missouri has a...

Why Do We Let Political Fragmentation Hold Back Our Entrepreneurs?

St. Louis is home to world class universities, top-tier sports franchises, a powerhouse philanthropic community and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals any in the...

5 Fashion Designers That Will Make You Feel Like A New Person In 2018

We’ve all been thinking about our 2018 New Year’s Resolutions.Aside from starting 2018 at the newly opened Shake Shack here in St. Louis (ok...

On Last Week’s “Bourbon Friday Show” – Erik Lutenegger of Tenacity, and the “New...

Over the last two weeks, myself and a few other entrepreneurs at T-REX decided to organize a live-stream show on social media.In honor of...

Rewind 2017: A Year of STL Community Cast

I am the producer of STL Community Cast and 2017 was a milestone for me. It was my first full year of producing the podcast.

Facebook just announced major changes to its algorithm. Here’s what that means for your...

I was sitting aboard a plane last week when I read Mark Zuckerburg’s post announcing major changes to Facebook’s algorithm.He said the changes would...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (January 19th)

It's freezing, snowy, and generally miserable outside. Lucky for you, there are quite a few things going on this weekend worth leaving the house...

Rent the Runway CEO Taps St. Louis for its Re-Emerging Garment District

Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, will deliver the 13th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference keynote on January...

Lewis & Clark Ventures On Investing $100M In Heartland Startups

Scott Bernstein is a Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures, the first “$100,000,000+” tech venture fund in St. Louis.Before joining Lewis & Clark, Scott...

Vicia, A New Restaurant at Cortex, Named 10 Best in the Country by USA...

Vicia, a new restaurant at Cortex, makes the USA TODAY Top 10 list of Best New Restaurants of 2017.
4 Hands is located in St. Louis' Lasalle Park neighborhood. With a focus on providing a well-rounded portfolio, they offer four year-round beers along with a slew of seasonal beers. Photo by Wesley Law.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (January 12th)

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are over, which means it's no longer okay to gorge yourself on wine, cheese, meat, and more cheese. But...

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re Chasing In 2018

Welcome back! Yep, 2018 has already started. Crack on!

Maxine Clark on Bridging the Delmar Divide with Social Entrepreneurship

Maxine Clark, the well known philanthropist and creator of Build-a-Bear Workshop, is leading a redevelopment project to transform an old hospital on Delmar into...

What Would You Do With A 900 Meg Upload Speed?

This year's Startup Connection was hosted at The Globe Building which is known for crazy fast internet speeds.The potential of a 900 meg...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 22nd)

It's the weekend before Christmas, which means...not a lot is going on. If you really need to get out of the house and a...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 15th)

Two Blues games, Pauly Shore, and Portugal. The Man. What a weekend!

The Truth About Tax Incentives

With some adjustments to the city's tax abatement system, real estate developers can pursue successful projects that benefit all of St. Louis.

Dustin McKissen On Our Regional Advantages For Risk-Takers

"It's such a strong selling point for this region that the cost of living allows people to take a risk. The average age of...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 8th)

We've got winter markets, we've got the Garden Glow, and we've got some big comedians. If you hear someone saying St. Louis is boring...

Holiday Gift Guide: Giving The Gifts Of St. Louis Startups

Hello December, and hello holiday season! Time to bust out the Mariah Carey, untangle the lights, and start crafting your wishlists to Jeff Bezos.

Christina Hawatmeh On Founding Scopio And Storytelling Through User Generated Content

Whether you're getting someone to buy something, or experience something, or donate to something, user generated content is generally what's powering that decision making process.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 1st)

It's that awkward time of the year: you're sandwiched between fall and winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You just spent an entire week eating and...

Why the St. Louis Region Should be Proud of the Startup Scene (and it...

When I first became involved with the startup scene here in St. Louis, I heard one phrase get used a lot: St. Louis needed...
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Zach Winkler of SafeTrek on Dealing with Uncertain Decisions

What started as an idea for a college contest has become a promising platform for personal security and wellness.In my conversation with Zach...
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What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (November 10th)

It's hard to keep track of what's going on in town any given weekend, but Olio City makes it easy, curating all the best events in...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (November 3rd)

It's the weekend for music and hockey. And a full moon festival.

The Division Between the Communities of the Metro Area is Holding us Back, but...

EQ's new Editor-At-Large, Dustin McKissen, shares his perspective on one thing that stings as a new transplant to the region, but shouldn't hold St. Louis back.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 27th)

Thursday, October 26th Soulard Pumpkin Pub Crawl Drink beer at five different Soulard bars and raise money for Gateway Pet Guardians with this Pumpkin Crawl in...

Matt Homann From Filament On Making Unreasonable Requests

We use unreasonable requests to make people better at asking for things.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 20th)

The city is counting down to Halloween and Evil Dead: The Musical is running all weekend. Friday (October 20th) Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 13th)

Beer, Pixies and running to Rock 'n' Roll.

Daniel Fogarty From LaunchCode On Giving People Access to Tech Jobs

Tech jobs have a lot of high barriers to entry... What we want to do is pull down those barriers so that anybody that wants to work in this field has the opportunity.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 6th)

Go see Alison Krauss perform at the Peabody, catch a hockey game and devour your way through an artisanal food market or see who wins the competition for "Best St. Louis Style Pizza."

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