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Brian Ash

Brian Ash is a Springfield MO native. After graduating from Missouri S&T with a degree in Computer Science, he originally wrote flight software for the F/A-18 fighter jet at Boeing in St. Louis MO. In 1994, Brian teamed up with his best friend, Andy Faucett, to start the original Bambino’s Italian Café in downtown Columbia MO. Two more locations followed in Lawrence KS and Springfield MO. While living in Columbia, Brian was elected to the Columbia City Council from 2003-2006.

Future Job Creator: Meg Goddard

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Being an international student herself, Meg Goddard fully understands the challenges of acclimation to a new country, culture, and educational system. At the age of 18, Meg packed her suitcase and left England to begin a new chapter in life. This chapter would have Meg studying abroad in the United

Missouri.com Featured Start-Up: Whobaloo

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If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, you need to know about this company. Whobaloo is a cloud-based design application that can be utilized for printed design and web graphics. In short, they completely simplify the process of design for the end user. This company is true testament

Missouri.com Featured Start-Up: We Are Fine Line

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Known as the Expedia.com of modeling agencies, We Are Fine Line founders Erika Klotz and Scott Hanson have developed a program that is disrupting the delivery of modeling services. The company created a unique business model that quickly gained traction in Kansas City. From there, We Are Fine

Building Missouri’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: The Betablox Program

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Many of you will remember Wes Bergmann from MTV’s The Real-World: Austin.  At the age of 19, Wes took a brief hiatus from college to put his life, all of it, in front of the camera for three months. Known as the ultimate villain in the history of MTV ‘Challenge,’