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COLUMBIA 2018-2019


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Heather Hargrove General Manager

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Regional Director of Sales

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Columbia Profile Fast Facts

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Important Contacts About the Chamber

16 Business 26 Arts & Culture 32 Recreation 38 Real Estate 44 Education 54 Health Care 63

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Advertiser Index

This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 300 S Providence Rd | P.O. Box 1016 Columbia, MO 65205 Phone: (573) 874-1132 www.ColumbiaMOChamber.com Copyright© 2018 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone Vice President / Director | Scott Ray Production Manager | Joseph Nugara Editor | Gail Gaboda Content Coordinator / Client Liaison | Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer | Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators | Tiffany Hogan and Neila Frontier Directory Coordinator | Michael Sumrak Contributing Writers | Dave Gathman and Jill Tridgell Cover photography | Notley Hawkins Photography Acquisition Manager | Scott Ray Advertising Sales | Rader Walker

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COLUMBIA PROFILE FAST FACTS  Age Distribution: Columbia (2016 est.)

 Population (2016 est.) Columbia

Boone County












Under 5 years



5 to 9 years



10 to 14 years



15 to 19 years



20 to 24 years



25 to 29 years



30 to 34 years



Percentage of Households:

35 to 39 years



40 to 44 years



45 to 49 years


50 to 54 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 Household Income & Benefits (2016 est.) Columbia

Boone County

Less than $10,000



$10,000 to $14,999




$15,000 to $24,999





$25,000 to $34,999



55 to 59 years



$35,000 to $49,999



60 to 64 years



$50,000 to $74,999



65 to 69 years



$75,000 to $99,999



70 to 74 years



$100,000 to $149,999



75 to 79 years



$150,000 to $199,999



80 to 84 years



$200,000 or more



85 years & over



Median Household Income





Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Median age (years)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 Age Distribution: Boone County (2016 est.) Male

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 Educational Attainment Columbia

Boone County


High School Grad or Higher





Under 5 years



Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

5 to 9 years



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

10 to 14 years



15 to 19 years



20 to 24 years



25 to 29 years



30 to 34 years



35 to 39 years


40 to 44 years


45 to 49 years

 Field of Bachelor’s Degree for First Major Columbia

Boone County



Science and Engineering


Science and Engineering Related Fields












50 to 54 years



Arts, Humanities and Other



55 to 59 years



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

60 to 64 years



65 to 69 years



70 to 74 years



75 to 79 years



80 to 84 years



85 years & over


Median age (years)


 Unemployment Rate Columbia Metro Area


November 2012



November 2013




November 2014




November 2015



November 2016



November 2017



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 Cost of Living Index: Columbia Metro Area (U.S. Average 100) Groceries












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Source: Council for Community and Economic Research, Third Quarter 2017 (via Missouri Economic Research and Information Center)

 Climate Monthly Average Temperature High






































Monthly Average Precipitation 1.9”























Source: Weather.com

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 County Contacts www.showmeboone.com

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Boone County Government Center 801 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Assessor .................................... (573) 886-4251 Auditor ...................................... (573) 886-4275 Collector .................................. (573) 886-4285 Commission.............................. (573) 886-4305 County Clerk ............................ (573) 886-4375 Recorder of Deeds.................. (573) 886-4345 Resource Management: Planning ............................... (573) 886-4330 Inspections ........................... (573) 886-4339 Engineering .......................... (573) 886-4480 Treasurer ................................... (573) 886-4365 Voter Registration ................... (573) 886-4375 Application Form: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/ forms.asp Must be registered to vote by the Fourth Wednesday before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

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Boone County Courthouse 705 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Court Administrator ................. (573) 886-4060 Circuit Clerk ............................. (573) 886-4000 Prosecuting Attorney .............. (573) 886-4100 Public Administrator ................ (573) 886-4190 Boone County Health Department 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-7355 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Boone County Public Works 5551 S. Tom Bass Rd. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 449-8515 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Boone County Sheriff’s Department 2121 County Dr. | Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 875-1111 (573) 442-6131 Non-emergency dispatch Hours of Operation: 24 Hours Administrative Support Services: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Department of Revenue/DMV Locations Columbia License Office 403 Vandiver Dr., Ste. B Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-4700 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last Saturday of the Month: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Columbia South Office 1101 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 103 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 442-2134 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Columbia Contacts www.como.gov

City Hall 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7111 Animal Control 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-1888 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, Closed all city of Columbia observed holidays.

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Police Department For All Emergencies Dial 911 600 E. Walnut St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7652 Non-emergency line 311 Public Health and Human Services 1005 W. Worley St. | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-7355 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Utility Customer Service Office 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7380 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. www.como.gov/utilities

UTILITIES (Other than city of Columbia): Ameren Missouri (800) 552-7583 | www.ameren.com/missouri Boone Electric Cooperative (573) 449-4181 | www.booneelectric.com


Chamber of Commerce 300 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-1132 Convention and Visitors Bureau 300 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-2489 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. www.visitcolumbiamo.com Fire Department For All Emergencies Dial 911 201 Orr St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7391 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (573) 874-7450 After 5 p.m. and weekends

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Your source for power and development For more than 80 years.

Go COMO Columbia’s Public Transit (573) 874-2489 www.gocomotransit.com Bus service: Monday through Friday, 6:25 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, no service Municipal Court 600 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7230 Office of Neighborhood Services 701 E. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 817-5050 Parks & Recreation 1 S. Seventh St. | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-7460 www.como.gov/parksandrec

Advantage Metals Recycling, LLC (metals/scrap) 705 N. Proctor Dr. | Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 442-1771 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.advantagerecycling.com

LIBRARIES: Columbia Public Library 100 W. Broadway | Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 443-3161 www.dbrl.org/columbia-public-library Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Southern Boone County Public Library 109 N. Main St. | Ashland, MO 65010 (573) 657-7378 www.dbrl.org/southern-boone-countypublic-library Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, Closed

Getting people off the ground! Built by volunteers using donations & given away free to those who can’t walk. $300 is needed for each Mobility Cart to build and ship overseas. Currently building 35 carts per week in 3 styles (large & small crank, pull). Bartalomayo - 50 year old cancer survivor who had bilateral above knee amputations in 2012 - Uganda

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1908 Heriford Rd., Columbia, MO 65202 Shop Hours: M-F, 8-3pm. • Phone: 573-886-7877


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CABLE & SATELLITE SERVICE PROVIDERS: CenturyLink (877) 862-9343 Order new service www.centurylink.com DIRECTV (800) 777-2454 | www.directv.com Mediacom (844) 385-5773 http://mediacomcable.com Spectrum (833) 694-9256 Order new service www.spectrum.com

INTERNET & TELEVISION SERVICE PROVIDERS: CenturyLink (877) 862-9343 Order new service www.centurylink.com HughesNet (877) 429-1958 www.hughesnetinternet.net Mediacom (844) 385-5773 http://mediacomcable.com Quantum Wireless Internet and Television (573) 256-1166 http://quantumwirelessinternet.com Socket (800) 762-5383 | www.socket.net Viasat Satellite Internet (844) 605-2426 | www.exede.com

PRINT MEDIA: MAGAZINE Columbia Business Times (573) 499-1830 http://columbiabusinesstimes.com NEWSPAPERS Columbia Daily Tribune (573) 815-1600 | www.columbiatribune.com Columbia Missourian (573) 882-5720 www.columbiamissourian.com


Taxi Terry’s (573) 441-1414 www.taxiterryscolumbia.com Taxi service Tiger Trolley Tours (573) 567-0850 | www.tigertrolley.net Sightseeing service White Knight Coaches & Limos (573) 814-5466 | www.gowhiteknight.com Coaches & limos

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Third largest fire department in the State of Missouri covering 500 square miles with 15 fire stations and 250 volunteer firefighters. Annual budget of $3.5 million dollars compared to a paid department our size costing 10 times as much.

FULL SERVICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDING: ■ Fire Suppression ■ Medical Response ■ Rescue ■ HazMat ■ Public Education ■ Code Enforcement ■ Plan Review ■ Fire Prevention ■ Continuing Education and Training ■ Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1) One of only 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the country ■ Wildland Firefighting ■ Volunteer Residency program Boone County Fire Protection District Headquarters 2201 I-70 Drive NW Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 447-5000 www.boonecountyfire.com facebook.com/BooneCountyFire twitter.com/boonecountyfire

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 Who is the Chamber? The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the business community. As a five-star accredited Chamber, the Columbia Chamber is in the top percent of all Chambers in the country. Since 1905, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce has been a voluntary, member-supported organization of business, industrial and professional people who are dedicated to developing, promoting and maintaining a sound and healthy economic climate for Columbia. The Chamber is a non-profit organization with about 1,000 members working together to enhance the Columbia business community. WHAT IS OUR MISSION? The mission of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce is to lead our community, drive commerce in our region and advance community and regional collaborations, thereby enhancing the quality of where we live, learn, work and play. WHAT IS OUR VISION? Through persistent commitment to our mission, we see a future characterized by unprecedented achievements in both public policy and economic vitality. We are dedicated to nurturing and providing leadership to ensure community aspirations become realities.

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WHAT ARE OUR STRATEGIC ISSUES? • Be the voice of business • Deliver value to members • Advance community excellence • Support sustainable economic development • Develop organizational sustainability HOW IS THE CHAMBER FUNDED? The Chamber is a nonprofit, 501(c)6 organization funded by membership dues, programming and events. WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS? Members include businesses of all sizes, from one-person shops to large corporations. Approximately 80% of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce membership is small businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

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Our members represent almost every industry. From agriculture to construction and everything in between, the business community is well represented.

 How the Chamber Serves You As the voice of the business community, the Chamber is directed by the needs and desires of our members. Whether it is addressing issues at a local, state or federal level, the Chamber is always making sure the business community will not be negatively affected. The Chamber has a consistent presence at the Capitol in Jefferson City and at Columbia City Hall. Chamber staff has worked hard to

develop relationships with decision makers in almost every business. If there’s a problem, we listen and find solutions to your issues or guide you in the right direction to get those solved. The Chamber is complete with staff that are experts in their fields. Whether it’s needing guidance with communications, marketing, or laws, the Chamber is a safety net for the business community. If there’s a problem, there’s staff experience to help with almost any problem. On top of being the voice of the business community, we also take the role of advocating for it seriously. Most of this

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is done through the legislative real. The Government Affairs Committee heads those efforts. The committee provides leadership, information and advocacy which strives to enhance the economic environment and represent the political interests of the Columbia. One of the key components of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts is developing cooperative relationships with organizations and to establish relationships with local, state and federal officials. One of the newest addition to the Chamber is in this area. The Columbia Community partnership is a division of the Chamber which is comprised of Boone County, City of Columbia, Boone County Government, Columbia Public Schools, University of Missouri and Moberly Area Community College meet monthly at the state Capitol to talk with lawmakers about specific bills or ways to make Columbia even better than it already is. The Chamber strives to promote economic development in Columbia and Boone County. The Chamber works closely with Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to promote positive economic expansion while maintaining a high quality of life. In addition, the Centennial Investors Angel Investor Network which the Chamber helped establish and provides support for meets the early capital needs of university and private sector entrepreneurs. The organization assists with bringing to market exciting ideas generated in university labs and private businesses. This ultimately produces revenue for the business, city and state. The Chamber works to actively develop and provide opportunities for leaders in the community. The Leadership Columbia Program identifies and nurtures future leaders who can guide the community to achieve economic vitality that will provide lasting benefit for the future. The Junior Leadership Columbia Program works to

motivate high school students and develop their potential for community leadership. The Leadership Visit program is an annual trip coordinated by the Chamber to another city for a diverse delegation of leaders from our community’s public, private and nonprofit sectors. The visit provides an opportunity for interaction with leaders in the host community, facilitates exchange of best practices, and allows for high-level networking opportunities.

• EMERGING PROFESSIONALS IN COLUMBIA (EPIC) Purpose: To engage, develop and celebrate emerging leaders through professional growth opportunities and social interactions.

The Chamber hosts a variety of programs throughout the year to give our members the opportunity to build and solidify relationships. These programs are a time for the business community to get together in one room at one time. This induces conversations and connections that otherwise might not be had. The largest events hosted by the Chamber include four Quarterly Membership Breakfasts, Chamber Classic Golf Tournament, Economic Outlook Conference, Small Business Week, Business Showcase, Civic Appreciation Breakfast, Agricultural Recognition Banquet, Legislative Reception and the Annual Membership Banquet. The other divisions of the Chamber also host luncheons, mixers, volunteer events.

• FAIR MISSOURI FOUNDATION Purpose: The Fair Missouri Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation formed exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The nine-member Board of Directors for the Fair Missouri Foundation includes, but is not limited to, certain officers and the President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Digital communications provide exposure and keep members up-to-date on local businesses and Chamber and community activities. These publications include the weekly Chamber Activities Calendar and the monthly Chamber Business Line Newsletter.

 Chamber Divisions and Affiliations • AMBASSADORS Purpose: To reinforce the Chamber’s mission in the hope of advancing economic development in Columbia and the surrounding trade area by “helping celebrate what’s important to you… Your Business!”

• WOMEN’S NETWORK Purpose: To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.

• CENTENNIAL INVESTORS Purpose: Centennial Investors is focused on investing in and establishing Mid-Missouri entrepreneurs and their companies.

 Chamber Committees • AGRIBUSINESS & BIOSCIENCE COMMITTEE Purpose: To support and stimulate growth of agribusiness and build awareness within the Chamber and surrounding community. • BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE Purpose: To assure financial solvency of the Chamber. • BUSINESS SHOWCASE COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide a networking/sales/ marketing opportunity for business professionals.

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• CHAMBER CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Purpose: To provide a networking opportunity between business professionals, friends, clients or prospects while enjoying a day on the Links. The money raised goes to support and build Chamber programs. • EMERGING ISSUES COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide a forum to discuss critical issues that are affecting the business community. • GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Purpose: To provide leadership, information and advocacy that enhances the economic environment and represents the political interests of the Columbia business community.  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Purpose: To encourage, grow and educate our members on the importance of active involvement with Chamber activities. • SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE Purpose: To promote the growth, profitability and recognition of business.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce 300 S Providence Rd PO Box 1016 Columbia, MO 65205

Fax: (573) 443-3986 Online: www.ColumbiaMOChamber.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/COMOChamber Twitter: www.twitter.com/COMOChamber

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• TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE Purpose: To facilitate discussion and decision-making to improve highway and roadway transportation infrastructure in the Columbia area.


• TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN STEERING Purpose: To plan and implement the Total Resource Campaign, the Chamber’s annual fund raising campaign.

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 Columbia: The perfect place for a business person to turn a dream into a reality If you make a living by doing what you love, it has been said, you never “work” a day in your life. Amanda Quick dreamed of creating a new business that would help other new businesses.

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Anne Churchill, who describes herself as a restless “serial entrepreneur,” dreamed of turning her knack for arranging weddings and parties into a career. Aaron Banks was fascinated by craft beers and dreamed of turning that fascination into the first retail establishment of its type in Missouri. And, like those of so many other entrepreneurs, those three dreams have turned into reality thanks to the ideal business climate found in Columbia, Missouri.

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Columbia has the kind of economy that towns large and small envy – nationally recognized educational institutions; a bustling health care sector; a vibrant and eclectic central commercial district; and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. All these attributes work together to make Columbia a sought-after location for business. “The economic climate here is exceptional,” said Stacey Button, president of the Columbia area’s Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, a nonprofit organization that maintains a strong business climate in Columbia and Boone County. “We have a strong pipeline of projects now and into the future.”

 Hatching a Hatchery Helping stock that pipeline is Amanda Quick, who opened a coworking office with onsite childcare called The Hatchery at 206 Corporate Lake Dr. in July 2017. “We offer a community work space for small businesses,” she said. “We offer a place where entrepreneurs, parents, remote workers

and more can get out their laptops and get to work. We also have the added bonus of childcare as well as conference space and a private office where they can hold meetings.” Quick, 32, grew up in Ashland, Missouri, (15 miles from Columbia) and attended Central Methodist University in Fayette (30 miles down the road). After graduating from Central, she moved to Columbia and began a career in real estate and direct sales. Her career and family continued to grow. However, after working at home with a toddler, she quickly realized a very common problem: working from home with kids in tow isn’t exactly distraction free. She realized she and other people who work from home needed a space to work while developing their professional network. Plus, those with children could definitely use a few hours free of the special set of distractions that comes with working while trying to entertain a toddler or infant. “Some people think you have to choose between having a child or having a career.

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But that’s not true,” Quick said. “I have a slight obsession with networking and working. I had heard of a similar concept in the St. Louis area, and after doing plenty of market research I realized this would be a good fit for Columbia as well.” Half a year later, The Hatchery has 38 members and continues to grow weekly. “Columbia is a strong community for businesses,” Quick said. “People like to share. They ask each other, ‘What have you learned that can help my business?’ We have used the mentoring resources of the Small Business Technology Development Center at the university and the Women’s Business Center.” ➝


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á Weddings with a serial entrepreneur One local business woman who has used The Hatchery’s resources is the tireless Anne Churchill. The business that uses that incubator is Churchill’s newest enterprise, a showroom for wedding and event planners called the Jubilee Planning Studio. But she also delivers motivational speeches through her ACE Speaking. And most of her time is spent planning other

people’s weddings and parties through AnnaBelle Events, the firm she started in Columbia in 2010. Its motto is “We create. You celebrate.” “My mother was a natural hostess and growing up by her side, I learned the essentials of throwing the perfect party,” Churchill said. That growing up took part partly in Columbia and partly in suburban Chicago. She was born in Illinois but

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her family moved to Columbia when she was 2 years old. She attended Rock Bridge High School and Columbia College. But she continued to visit relatives near Chicago and while halfway through college she transferred to DePaul University in Chicago. She was pursuing a double major in marketing and sports management. “But while I was attending DePaul, I got an internship at Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play,” she said. “I was the event and game day assistant. That made me realize I had a passion for event planning.”

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She moved back to Columbia and finished her bachelor’s degree at Columbia College. She spent a few years working for Learfield Sports and Inside Columbia magazine, then started AnnaBelle Events. She named the firm after the nickname her family had long used for her.

In an ever-changing industry Churchill said she wants to make sure her company is welcoming to each and every engaged couple. “So in 2016 I became a Certified Same Sex Wedding Planner, a training important to ensure my team and practices meet the needs and dreams of everyone.” ➝

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“We do traditional planning in person here in Columbia and other cities in Missouri and we can work with people online all over the country,” she said. “Ninety percent of our clients live outside Columbia but have gone to college here” at the University of Missouri, Columbia College or one of MidMissouri’s other colleges or universities.

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And always thinking outside the box, Churchill once built a wedding cake out of doughnuts for a couple who didn’t especially care for traditional cake. “All of our weddings are different,” she said. “We’re in St. Louis Cardinals country. But right after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, the father of one of our brides ended his speech with the Cubs fight song. Welcoming his new son-in-law, he ripped off his tuxedo shirt and had a Cubs jersey on underneath.” The colleges of Columbia provide a ready source of both future brides and interns to work at her companies. But besides that, she said, “Columbia has a very healthy entrepreneurship culture and a lot of resources for a business.” Additionally, “I was the first one in my family to start a business but I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’m busy now launching an online platform for AnnaBelle Events. And we’re always looking at what we can do next.” Ironically, one thing this professional wedding planner still has to do is to get married herself. She said she and her fiance Gary “are struggling to set a date.”

á Business is bubbling When craft-beer fan Aaron Banks started researching the possibility of starting a carryout tap beer business, it was a good news/bad news situation. At first he rejoiced that there was no similar business to compete against him in Columbia. Or anywhere in the state of Missouri, for that matter. But then he discovered the reason why: Carry-out tap beer businesses were illegal in

Missouri. Tap beer from a tavern had to be consumed in that tavern’s premises. Carryout beer from a store had to remain packaged in its original can, bottle or keg. That was four years ago. After a long fight to get the law revised, Banks finally was able to open CoMO Growlers & Pints in a strip mall at 1413 Grindstone Plaza Dr on July 15, 2017. Now it’s thriving and the 42-year-old

“CoMO” resident is thinking about turning it into a chain of such stores. Banks grew up in a small town (population 2,300) about halfway between St. Louis and Columbia. The University of Missouri drew him to Columbia as he studied fisheries and wildlife management. He fell in love with a fellow student from Quincy, Illinois, and married her.

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Working as a park ranger, he lived with his wife in St. Louis and Kansas City for about 10 years. When his wife got a good job opportunity in Texas, they moved there. Aaron spent a couple years as a stay-athome dad to their new baby, followed by a few years teaching forensic science. Always they dreamed of moving back to the city where they had spent their happy college years. Finally they were able to move back to Columbia and Aaron landed a job as an investigator for the Missouri state prison system.

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“I was basically monitoring inmate phone calls and working to prosecute inmates who were still planning crimes from inside the prison. But listening to that kind of phone calls all day gets pretty depressing, hearing about their family problems and the kids they left at home. I wanted to move into some job or business that I could enjoy doing until I retired. And at the top of that list was something involving craft beer,” he said.

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noted. So four years ago he quit the depressing prison job and began to work toward opening his take-out beer business. But before he could open CoMO Growlers & Pints, an effort to legalize that kind of operation fell through in the state legislature. Oops. He taught middle-school science for two years as he fought to get the law changed, which finally allowed him to turn his dream into reality.


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A “growler,” by the way, is a 32-ounce or 64-ounce glass jug with a handle that tavern customers in places like Ireland or England fill with beer and carry home. CoMO Growlers & Pints sells them but customers then can bring empty ones back for a refill.

“We offer draft beer that you’re not going to find in a six-pack on a store shelf,” Banks said. “We have a filling station and a tasting room where you can draw a pint or a flight of four different beers. We also have a seating area where people can sit and drink while they play board games and watch TVs. At any given time we have about 20 different beers and the brands change frequently.” The 1,250-square-foot store has four employees. Located about four miles from Memorial Stadium, Banks said, the business draws a mix of older university students and people from the general public. “We consider Columbia our home and the business community has been very supportive,” Banks said. “Columbia is a good city for craft beer fans. We even have quite a few breweries of our own here. But they aren’t allowed to fill growlers.” “Once we’ve made this location successful, expansion is definitely not out of the question,” Banks added. “This is a new concept for Missouri but I think other cities would appreciate it, too.”

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Recent analyses ranked the city as one of the “Best Places to Buy a Forever Home,” one of the “Best Places for Millennials That They Can Actually Afford” and one of the “Best Places for Women to Have a Career.” Forbes magazine ranked Columbia among the Top 15 in its annual list of the 200 best small places for businesses and careers. The Milken Institute, in its annual list of the best-performing cities in America, gave Columbia Top 10 rankings for overall wage growth and for growth in high-tech GDP. Entrepreneur.com included Columbia in its list of the top 15 American cities for entrepreneurs. ➝

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“We have such a strong variety of businesses we work with,” said REDI’s Stacey Button. “Large corporations, small start-ups and everything in between.” It’s not just small businesses that are growing in Columbia, either. One key indicators of Columbia’s strength as a business hub was Kraft Heinz’s recent decision to invest more than $100 million to modernize and expand its Columbia plant at a time when the company was closing other plants around the country. The Columbia facility, one of Kraft’s eight USDA-inspected food-processing facilities, is the home of Oscar Meyer hot dogs and produces up to one million pounds of hot dogs daily. Another local company, Dana Light Axle Products, is investing roughly $39 million in an expansion of its Columbia auto parts factory. The project will add 135 jobs to the region, according to REDI. And businesses continue to choose the Columbia area to locate and expand new facilities. BioPharma Services Inc., which in 2014 chose Columbia for its U.S. laboratory and clinical facility, has expanded from 48 beds and 40 employees to 70 beds and 50 employees and with plans for continued expansion. Aurora Organic Dairy chose Columbia for its $106 million milk processing facility, with plans for a $50 expansion and a total of 150 new jobs created. American Outdoor Brands is constructing a $55 national distribution center in Boone County that will create more than 150 jobs.

 Resources Columbia’s business climate remains strong in part because the community offers a variety of resources to both existing and new local companies. Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) works with businesses as they locate and grow in

Columbia and Boone County. For more information, visit www.ColumbiaREDI.com. The University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program offers assistance to businesses at every stage in their development, from the original concept all the way through to maturity. For more information, go to missouribusiness.net. The REDI Innovation Hub offers business counseling, events and special programs in order to facilitate and maintain what Button describes as “an incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Columbia.” Businesses can apply for Innovation Hub assistance at columbiaredi.com. Another source of assistance for entrepreneurial start-ups is the Columbia-based Missouri Innovation Center, which offers a wide array of services including mentoring, research and financing. The organization also operates the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator. For more information, go to missouriinnovation.com.

 A 24/7 District Columbia’s downtown area, known as The District, is one of the area’s key commercial engines. Bounded by three colleges and encompassing 50 square blocks, the area is home to hundreds of businesses, city and county government buildings and a diverse array of residential housing. The area hosts a variety of community events each year, from holiday celebrations to music and film festivals to art expos. More than 20,000 people live within one mile of the area, and more than 23,000 enter The District each day to work. This population density, combined with the nearby student population, creates a truly 24/7 economy in The District. “The District represents a diverse and active community of shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife, studios, galleries,

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Officials here believe that public art is a gift that gives countless times over – whether it be grand or subtle in scale. In Columbia, visitors can stumble upon art in galleries, greenways and even at traffic stops. Case in point: the annual Traffic Box Art contest. The whimsical contest, which began in 2007, has become a way for young citizens to explore their creative sides, while more established artists view it as a chance to publicly display their signature style. One positive side effect: the boxes, which can otherwise be hot spots for graffiti, are transformed into something much more aesthetically pleasing.

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The committee that selects the winner looks at not only artistic quality, but also at how well the submitted design reflects that year’s specific box location. “The Traffic Box Art Program is designed to enhance The District by adding works of art to the downtown streetscape on surfaces that are often targeted by graffiti vandals,” according to the city’s design proposal form for the contest. “Artwork on (the boxes) functions as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a safe, inclusive and interesting urban environment. Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey the sense of the Columbia community. When designing your artwork, think of the vitality of The District and its contribution to the city as a whole, such as arts, music, community events and special attractions.”

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The city also promotes a love of literature in its younger citizens through its annual Poetry Out Loud competition, which “gives high school students an opportunity to experience great poetry from throughout history while they practice using their voice through public speaking,” said Elise Buchheit, program specialist for the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, or OCA. Yet another way in which the city encourages public art is by putting out a commemorative poster every year via a community contest to capture the changing essence of the community. The tradition dates back to 1992, when the poster was linked to the now-defunct Festival of Arts. Local artist Lisa Bartlett won the distinction in 2016 with her painting “Missouri Riverbilly Band.” When it was unveiled, the local band she depicted played live below the hanging piece that bore their likeness. ➝



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á Percent for Art program In addition to initiative and funding a variety of arts and culture programs, the OCA oversees the city’s Percent for Art program, which allocates 1 percent of the cost of new construction or renovation over $1 million to be used for site-specific public art. The city created the program in part because it believes in bringing art to everyone by integrating it into the everyday landscape that’s accessible to all. “The Percent for Art program enhances the public environment, increases civic pride and promotes economic development,” according to the city’s website. “By investing in public art, the City of Columbia is investing in its citizens, its visitors and its future.” One recent Percent for the Art project is at the new Police Precinct/Municipal Service Center North Facility. The second project will be at the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse, according to the OCA’s Buchheit. Percent for Art installations can be found at about 30 sites throughout Columbia.

á North Village Arts District Bartlett is the owner of ARTlandish studio and vice president of the North Village Arts District, a bustling artists’ enclave that draws visitor from across the country. She said the downtown artists’ haven has boomed in recent years.

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“In the ’70s there were many studios, speakeasy joints and a vibrant art vibe,” she said. “What changed is that a few developers came along and recognized the value in restoring the old buildings in the predominantly old rail yard warehouse area without compromising the integrity of the architecture. They embraced the feel of the old bones and enhanced them with updated infrastructure so as to make the area safe and reliable for artists to prosper.” The key was that they recognized that local artists were an economic asset to the community, she said. Tootie Burns, a mixed-media painter and The District’s secretary, agrees. She came to Columbia 30 years ago and is proud of how she’s watched her city evolve in its sense of community. “I tell people that Columbia is a friendly place, where bumping into friends and neighbors is a daily occurrence,” Burns said.

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“The city is also a committed and involved one, be your passion the arts, sports or local issues.” The city is such an ardent supporter of the arts, in fact, that it has a department devoted to it. The Office of Cultural Affairs’ mission is “to create an environment where artists and cultural organizations thrive by advancing and supporting the arts for the benefit of the citizens of Columbia.”

á Friday Art Crawls The city has a standing – or walking, in this case – date with art on the first Friday night of every month. The events are everchanging and free, with the intent of always drawing visitors back for something fresh and different. And people are taking notice: the December 2017 First Friday event drew a record number of visitors, according to the district’s board of directors. The arts district touts itself as a vibrant “bohemian paradise” that’s home to more than 150 artists who hone their skills at film companies, dance studios, interior design

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companies, music and live-performance spaces, and galleries – not to mention an art school, art studios, nightclubs, a theater, cafes, a yoga studio, a distillery, a farmers and artisans market, and more in the works. Local artist Burns said the sector continues to grow and define itself. “I think what is special about the NVAD is our collaborative nature,” Burns said. “It’s about people supporting people in the area. Artists, galleries and businesses work hard to promote and support each other. We are aware of what our neighbors are doing, share resources, and celebrate each other’s successes.” One particularly noteworthy event is the annual Living Windows Festival in December. Shopkeepers throughout The

District prepare by removing all merchandise from their front windows in order to stage elaborate live holiday performances for passers-by. Every year, merchants ramp up their plans in the spirit of friendly, artistic competition. The District’s president, Bartlett, calls the yearly event a “fabulous celebration.” The festival also includes open houses, strolling carolers, holiday treats and visits with Santa.

á Museums and collections For more concentrated art viewing, the city offers a variety of specialty exhibits and collections, including several museums devoted to art, history and other interesting topics. They include the following: • Boone County Historical Society Museum

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á Wide breadth of theater If dramatic art is what you crave, the city offers several theater venues to satisfy those appetites. • Open in the spring and summer, Maplewood Barn is a gem in that it’s the only live outdoor theater in mid-Missouri. During the off-season, it even offers oldfashioned radio theater via local radio station 91.3 FM (KBIA), as well as archived episodes.

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• The city’s institutions of higher learning offer myriad theatrical experiences. In addition to the varied, stellar performance it offers, the Missouri Theatre is a sight to behold in and of itself. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is central Missouri’s only remaining pre-Depression era movie palace and vaudeville stage. Built in 1928, the theater is modeled after the Paris Opera House. Much of the original detailing remains, including Belgian marble wainscoting, plaster reliefs, stained glass art panels under the balcony and an 1,800-pound Italian chandelier featuring crystal prisms and etched panels.

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• Jesse Auditorium, also located on the University of Missouri campus, is the largest performance venue in Columbia. It has played host to many well-known

names, including Jerry Seinfield, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris and Maya Angelou. The theater’s calendar boasts more than 200 events every year.

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 Vibrant local music scene With both the Missouri Theatre and Jesse Auditorium, the long-running University Concert Series has the space and means to stage everything from intimate musical acts to large-scale musicals and theater. The series, which is a community mainstay, offers an eclectic mix of art, theater and music. This year’s scheduled main acts include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago, Weird Al Yankovic, Wild Kratts Live, as well as numerous dance troupes, opera, ballet, children’s theater and more.


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Whether it’s audio, visual or performance art, Columbia offers it in spades at its music venues, streets, galleries, theaters and elsewhere. Visitors can prepare to come away with lasting memories and broadened horizons, to be sure. 

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RECREATION here’s no such thing as an off-season in Columbia. From January through December, the city’s calendar is peppered with hundreds of events and activities that tap into a wide array of interests. And on the days when the city doesn’t happen to have something cued up, there are more than 70 parks and 50 miles of trails that residents and visitors can turn to.

“Columbia’s extensive trail system offers something for a variety of trail users, whether you are hiking, running or bicycling,” said Tammy Miller, marketing specialist for the city’s parks and recreation department. “Trails are often located in natural backdrops, such as creeks and woods, offering a beautiful place to get exercise.”

Fall ushers in changing leaves, cooler weather and plenty of festive autumnal events. A long winter’s nap won’t find many takers here; instead, the chilly season signals iceskating, ice-fishing, and a plethora of merry holiday events around town. Spring brings relief in the form of milder days, breathing new life into the landscape and prompting larger numbers of residents to reacquaint themselves with daily outdoor activities. And summer means extended daylight, ideal temps and scenery, festivals, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, cycling events and so much more. But no matter the season, the trails are a cornerstone of recreation in Columbia. The Columbia Trail System features numerous trails in a variety of settings – parks, nature sanctuaries, along creeks and through wooded areas. There’s also different trail surfaces that appeal to runners, walkers, wheelers and bicyclists. Water fountains, restrooms and bike repair stations also can be found along some of the trails. Trails are a significant factor in the quality of life for Columbia residents. In a recent citywide citizen survey, about 82 percent of households reported that they use the trail system.

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The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail is Columbia’s premiere trail. It was ranked No. 2 in the country for “Best Urban Trail” by USA Today in its 2016 “10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.” The trail is a comfortable 10 feet wide and was built on the old MKT railroad bed. It starts downtown in Flat Branch Park and weaves through neighborhoods, open prairie spaces and wooded areas. The trail features a crushed limestone surface that affords opportunities for walking, jogging, running and bicycling. It runs for nearly 9 miles before joining up with the statewide Katy Trail, which connects eastern with western Missouri and is the longest rails-to-trails project in the country. In late 2017, work began to replace three bridges on the route as part of ongoing maintenance efforts.

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“This is really the cornerstone of trails here in Columbia,” said Megan McConachie, strategic communications manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Having the MKT spur in Columbia means you’re just a few miles by bike from Rocheport, Missouri, home to fantastic small shops and Les Bourgeois Winery. You can also fan out across the state using Columbia as a jumping off point or an overnight stop.”

á Trails not to be missed Other major trails include Bear Creek and Hinkson Creek. These two, along with the MKT and the planned Perche Creek Trail, will comprise a proposed 30-mile trail loop around Columbia, according to the city’s website. Recent additions to the trail system in the past 10 years include County House, South Providence, Hominy Creek (Phase



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á Parks aplenty For more leisurely play, festivals and organized sports, there’s a plethora of public parks in Columbia. Considered one of Columbia’s more prized parks, Stephens Lake Park is a scenic respite and home to one of the city’s biggest festivals. When the city bought the land, it transformed it into a picturesque outdoor space complete with a lake, running trails, amphitheater, indoor pavilion, splash ground, swimming beach and gazebo. Located at Broadway and Old Highway 63, this park sees activity year-round. Families flock here in the summer to swim and in the

winter to ice-skate. Stephens Lake Park is a hub for outdoor winter sports in Columbia. In addition to skating, visitors also will find ice-fishing, a sledding hill, a nearby warming area and fire pit and a heated restroom. › Free WiFi Internet access is available in Stephens Lake Park at park shelters, the beach area and Riechmann Pavilion. The park is also home to the annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which has played host to well-known acts such as Ryan Adams, Leon Bridges, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy and G. Love & Special Sauce.

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One weekend every early fall, thousands flock to Columbia for the best in riffs and ribs. Some of the biggest names in music descend on the city for one of its most popular events: The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. About 30 artists take to two stages to perform genres including roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock and soul. The lineup consists of international, national, regional and local acts. Food and craft vendors are also on hand. “The festival is a fun, true and unique celebration of music, food and culture,” according to the event’s website. This year marks the 18th annual familyfriendly festival at Stephens Lake Park. The event includes a kickoff event, a half marathon and 10K, and a gospel celebration on closing day.

á Cosmo Park As Columbia’s largest park, the Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area – known as Cosmo Park – has endless recreation opportunities, according to McConachie. There are multiple softball, baseball, soccer and football fields, along with a golf course and multiple shelters that can be used for all sorts of outdoor events. Located where Columbia’s original airstrip stood, Cosmo’s expansive space also includes the newly revamped Steinberg Playground and a skateboard park, plus access to the Bear Creek Trail, which connects Cosmo with Albert-Oakland Park.

á Gans Creek Then there’s the Gans Creek Recreation Area, which spans 320 acres and is in the midst of an expansion. The property offers five multipurpose athletic fields, with two more slated to be added. A facility is in the works for concessions and restrooms, and a playground is also planned.

á Downtown Film Fest The city’s downtown gets in on the action, too, with the creative and quirky True-False Film Festival, which takes place in March. True/False marks a four-day weekend of “creative placemaking” where filmmakers, artists, musicians and others temporarily turn the mid-sized college town of Columbia into a magical utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of this film festival creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to re-imagine reality, according to the event’s website. Creative placemaking means the festival encourages local talent by seeking out the most creative, energetic people and then giving them the tools and autonomy to completely – albeit temporarily – transform the downtown core of Columbia, event organizers say. In a nutshell, True/False showcases downtown Columbia and all its potential.

á Aquatics facilities Outdoor facilities include the AlbertOakland and Douglass aquatic centers,

both of which offer water slides, concession stands, shaded areas and more. “Spraygrounds” (also known as splash pads) for younger patrons can be found at Douglass Pool as well as at Stephens Lake Park and in downtown Flat Branch Park. If you’re looking for something that’s still tame but more elaborate, Little Mates Cove was designed with kids in mind. The children’s water park has slides, sprinklers, water cannons and falls. But if lake life is more your speed, Stephens Lake is about as good as it gets. In addition to the sprayground, the site offers a sand beach, swimming (sans lifeguards) and fishing/ nonmotorized boating areas at its 11-acre lake. Best of all? It’s free. Alternatives include the country-club setting at the Lake of the Woods pool and two indoor aquatic facilities: ARC Water Zone or Hickman Pool. “Columbia is a very active community, so it’s no surprise that there’s a strong emphasis on green spaces and recreation,” McConachie said. “From smaller neighborhood parks to miles of trails to sports facilities, residents and visitors can always find a new outdoor adventure.” The city has created and maintains dozens of outdoor trails of varying lengths at all parks of all sizes to suit every need and ability level. In addition, there’s the ARC Indoor Track, a .15-mile rubber track.

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á Shorter trails abound Both community and larger, regional parks feature a host of trails among the various recreational options here. Nature areas specifically usually feature trails designed to facilitate exploration and enjoyment of the natural, preserved green spaces. The following is a list of what can be found locally here, according to the city’s website: • 3M Wetland Trail – 1.25 miles, limestone • Albert-Oakland Trail & Fitness Circuit – 1 mile, concrete • Capen Nature Trail – .2 miles, dirt • Cosmo Fitness Trail – 1.25 miles, asphalt • Cosmo Nature Trail – 1.3 miles, dirt • Cosmo-Bethel Lake Trail – 0.5 mile, concrete • Fairview Nature Trail – 0.5 mile, dirt • Forum Wetland Trails – 1.8 miles, limestone • Garth Wetland Trails – 1.6 miles, limestone • Grindstone Nature Trails – 5.2 miles, dirt • Indian Hills Trail – 1 mile, limestone • Kiwanis Nature Trail – 0.9 mile, limestone and dirt • Philips Lake Trail – 1.4 miles, limestone • Rock Quarry Trail – 0.6 miles, limestone • Stephens Lake Trail – 0.6 miles, concrete • Stephens Perimeter Trail – 1.7 miles, concrete

á Neighborhood park trails Neighborhood parks are typically more modest – about 5-10 acres and designed to be within walking distance of surrounding neighborhoods. Accompanying trails provide a convenient opportunity for residents to get exercise near home in a designated area. Here are some that Columbia offers, according to the city’s website: • Again Street Park Trail – 0.4 mile, concrete • Auburn Hills Park Trail – 0.3 mile, limestone

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• Cascades Park Trail – .25 mile, concrete and limestone • Dublin Park Trail – 0.2 mile, limestone • Eastport Park Trail – .4 mile (park trail only), limestone; 0.6 mile (loop), limestone and sidewalk along the street • Highpointe Park Trail – 0.4 mile, limestone • Lange Park Trail – 0.3 mile, limestone and concrete • Lions-Stephens Park Trail – 0.25 mile, concrete • Longview Park Trail – 0.5 mile, limestone • Louisville Park Trail – 0.4 mile, limestone • Oakwood Hills Park Trail – 0.3 mile, limestone

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MAY • Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series (monthly outdoor concert from May through September) • Movie in the Park (monthly event from May through September) • Heritage Weekend • 17th Annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week • Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

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á Show-Me State Games One of the most eagerly anticipated summer events is the Show-Me STATE GAMES – an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and abilities. In addition to the main summer games, ShowMe STATE GAMES offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family togetherness and fun.

á Fore! Looking for lush links? Columbia offers two affordable 18-hole municipal golf courses: L.A. Nickell in northwest Columbia, and Lake of the Woods in east Columbia. Although both courses are open year-round, summer kicks off the busy season.

Both courses feature three sets of tees, gorgeous, mature trees, large zoysia fairways, bentgrass greens, lakes, golf cart paths and tee-to-green watering systems. There’s a driving range at L.A. Nickell, and one is slated to open in 2018 at Lake of the Woods as well.

á Other monthly and seasonal offerings In addition to the many activities and features mentioned above, the city holds special events all year long. Highlights are as follows (for a complete list of activities, dates and locations, visit www.CoMo.gov): JANUARY

• National Trails Day: Find the Golden Hiking Boot Treasure Hunt! • Shred Fest Skateboarding Event • Art in the Park • Lunch in the Park (for children, June through August) • Lawn Chair Concert Series (summertime monthly event)

JULY • 4th of July Fire in the Sky annual celebration • Family Splash Bash • SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run

AUGUST • Coolin’ Down with the Blues • Night Flight Glow Golf • Kaleidospoke • Neighborhood Park Fun Days (occasional event that rotates locations at various parks)


• CoMo Bike Co-Op Earn-a-Bike program (January-March)

• Pooch Plunge

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Candle Light March & Memorial Celebration

• Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show

• R.O.C. 7K Trail Run

FEBRUARY • Black History Month events include an African-American history exhibit, an African-American film discussion, a black history month art expo and a gospel explosion and “soul food feast” at St. Luke UMC.

MARCH • Blue Thunder Track Registration Day • Annual Train Show

APRIL • Kite Flying Day

• Neighborhood Park Fun Days

OCTOBER • “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” Day • Bear Creek Run – Half Marathon and Team Relay • Rocheport Fall Colors Trail Ride

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Show-Me STATE GAMES is a nonprofit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health and is hosted by the University of Missouri. About 32,000 athletes come to Columbia throughout the year to be a part of the GAMES’ events. The 2018 dates are June 7-10, and July 20-22 and 27-29.

JUNE L.A. Nickell, built in 1965, is a 70-par course situated on the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (also known as Cosmo Park). Open since 1970, the Lake of the Woods course spans 145 acres and is a par 71 course. It also features a pool.

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The education and health care industries are among the area’s largest employers, and Columbia has made a name for itself as a regional health care destination. Another major advantage is that while the city offers a cozy suburban feel, it’s close to metropolitan areas that offer even more resources and benefits. All of this is to say that Columbia has established itself as a desirable, competitive real estate market – both residentially and commercially.

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“Columbia is a great place to do business in almost every way,” said local Realtor Mike Grellner, vice president of Plaza Commercial Realty, which has a 30-year history in town. “The people and community are great. It has a small-town feel to it, but the consistent population growth allows for plenty of business opportunity in a relatively small market.”

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Consistently rated among the top cities in America by national magazines and groups, Columbia offers amenities such as top-rated public schools and several private school options, in addition to a plethora of cultural and recreational options. The community’s economy is buoyant, bolstered by higher education, research, health care, life-sciences and high-tech industries, according to Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. group. Because some of these industries tend to be more resistant to recession, the local economy’s strength is that it’s steady.

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residence jumped from $185,000 in late 2012 to $211,000 in late 2017 – an increase of 14 percent, according to the Columbia Board of Realtors (CBOR). In terms of housing stock, Columbia has a bit of everything to choose from. The local market is made up of a healthy mix of older homes, brand new homes and condos for clients who seek a convenient lifestyle, as well as homes on acreage that offers space for animals – or just some added privacy, according to Lauren Baxter, a Realtor with House of Brokers Realty, Inc. “One of the great things about Columbia and its location is that there is a ‘popular’ neighborhood for everyone,” Baxter said. “It all depends on what the client is looking for.” For example, the Old Southwest neighborhood is sought-after because of its

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considering the long term. As a result, the ripple effect means a housing shortage, Baxter said. The average single-family home’s listing time is just shy of two months, down from 82 days five years ago, according to CBOR. Oddly enough, the spring market can start earlier than most people realize – especially if coupled with a mild winter.

“Some buyers look for the Old Southwest as it’s filled with older, eclectic homes,” Baxter said. “And some buyers seek new construction as the ‘updated’ look is more appealing to them.”

á Residential trends In terms of timing, the spring market is an especially hot one for sellers, meaning that individual houses receive multiple offers that exceed asking price – most notably in the desirable $250,000-and-under price point. “Real estate is sold year-round, but the spring market is always hyper fast here,” Baxter said. Plus, while mortgage rates have slightly increased, they’re still historically low when

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á Growing in popularity Columbia has a growing population and a progressive philosophy regarding development, and it’s had a noticeable effect on the housing stock. Strong demand has triggered new construction. There are about 25 new homes sold per month here with an average sales price of around $275,000, according to Baxter. Niche.com, a city review website, recently named Columbia among the 25 best cities in America in two categories: to reside in, and to raise a family in. The rankings were based on categories like public schools, job opportunities, cost of living, crime statistics and things to do. Data was compiled from the U.S. Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Center for Disease Control and other sources. Other prestigious accolades in recent years include the following: • Among the 20 Best College Towns in American from Business Insider – 2017 • Ranked one of America’s Most Artistic Towns from Expedia Viewfinder – 2017 • Among the top 10 cities in the Silicon Prairie (known as the region in and around Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas) for tech startups – 2017 • Second best place for working women from CNBC and SmartAsset – 2016

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Columbia is perhaps best known as a college town, with University of Missouri, Columbia College and Stephens College all within its borders. But it’s also home to a number of large companies/employers, including MU Healthcare, Boone Hospital Center, Veterans United Home Loans, Shelter Insurance, MBS Textbook Exchange, Carfax and IBM. That means a majority of prospective home buyers is first-timers, young professionals, newlyweds or young families.

á Preparing to sell/buy Late fall and winter bring the start of school and holidays, which often mark a lull in real estate activity. Inventory dwindles. But this slower season is a vital time for both buyers and sellers to start preparing, Baxter said. “Buyers need to be looking into financing and getting prequalified,” she said. “Sellers need to be getting their homes market ready – doing small updates, cleaning, packing things away, etc.” It’s an especially valuable time to be a seller. “Although I think the housing market here will continue to grow, I believe we will still be in relatively short supply,” Baxter said. “With mortgage interest rates continuing to toy with record lows, more and more people will continue to buy.”

á Commercial trends Commercially speaking, the market is healthy and hardy, relative to the local historical statistics and current national trends, according to Grellner, with Plaza Commercial Realty. Columbia’s high commercial occupancy rates reflect its low unemployment rate, which was at 2.3 percent in November 2017, which was the most recent figure available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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activity, said local Realtor Jay Lindner, president of Lindner Properties. “We’re seeing interest from a lot of national brands that have not yet made entry into our market,” Lindner said “Much of this strength can be attributed to Columbia’s main employment drivers, consisting of education, health care, and insurance, as well as the continued growth of Veterans United. We foresee a strong market for the next several years as these national brands work to find locations in a very tight market.” Sales activity is also strong, though fewer transactions are occurring due to limited supply of properties for sale. One new project is a new shopping development, Blue Ridge Town Centre at Rangeline Street and Blue Ridge Road. Plans include Dunkin Donuts, a full-service grocer, hardware store and a variety of retailers, according to Jack Maher, vice president/ broker of Maher Commercial Real Estate. Vacancy rates in both office and retail properties in Columbia are at least 4 percentage points below national average, according to the 2017 Market Report from Plaza Commercial Realty. Even industrial vacancy rates are beating national averages. “Our local developers and builders are hesitant to construct large amounts of new, speculative product,” Grellner said. “They take a very conservative and measured approach. Combine that with the low employment rate, and some local companies that have meteoric growth, and that leads to very high occupancy rates.”

á Downtown

“Despite many of the national headlines about retail stores shuttering, our local retail environment continues to see high occupancy rates,” Grellner said.

Columbia’s downtown Community Improvement District (CID) is a mixed-use neighborhood with a penchant for blending harmoniously with high-tech and the latest trends in fashion, food and art. It is bound by colleges and historic neighborhoods, and it spans 50 square blocks. Here, visitors will find more than 300 residences and more than 600 businesses, nonprofit agencies and government entities.

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transformed into a 24-hour city with the increase in restaurants, clubs and other evening activities, according to the city’s downtown beautification project planning document. The District is a live/work/play area with a true mix of activities within its 50 square blocks. It consists of several different neighborhoods, each with a distinct character and feel. They include The Strollway, Flat Branch, the North Village Arts District, Government District, West End and Avenue of the Columns. All are walkable and a coffee shop is never more than a block or two away, according to the CID website. The Flatbranch area, once an abandoned rail yard, in particular has been reenergized with the addition of offices, apartments, restaurants and a newer park at the head of the MKT Trail. The CID is an independent organization dedicated to keeping the downtown vital by creating an authentic, dense and sustainable urban space and an innovative culture of diverse enterprises. It has tracked assessed valuations for nearly 25 years and has seen a consistent, steady increase. The organization points to several new development projects that are in the works to provide new residential spaces for young professionals, empty nesters and those who crave the excitement of a downtown lifestyle.

according to the CID website. “The vitality and creative appeal of downtown Columbia make it a destination for tens of thousands of visitors each year. For too long, however, Columba has lacked strong visual cues to alert visitors that they have arrived in the heart of our city. The Gateways project addresses this need in a dynamic way, with visual icons that welcome visitors downtown and encourage them to explore and experience Columbia.”

The city’s attention to detail and forethought is just one of its many assets. One such example is The Gateways project, which was created as a way to increase downtown appeal by highlighting its personality through eye-catching, artistic lighting.

Changes abound in downtown. New construction in the area saw a steady increase beginning in 2009. In 2010, residential construction saw a sharp uptick as the demand for downtown living began to be realized. But because the CID is somewhat landlocked – colleges mark three of its boundaries – officials say they are moving toward higher-density, mixed-use developments.

“Welcoming visitors downtown is key to enhancing economic development,”

“Both the push for historic renovation in the mid-2000s and the recent push for infill

development have kept property values strong, despite some slowdowns in the construction industry nationwide and here in Columbia,” according to the organization’s website. The downtown is seeing a tapering-off of new development due to a few factors, local realtor Grellner said. However, a new office tower is being constructed adjacent to the courthouse, which will add a footprint of employment space to the district. For those looking into local real estate options, Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) group is a place to turn to for business development in the city and county. REDI has numerous resources available, such as site and building information, comprehensive area demographics and labor availability and information about incentives. It also sets up prospective businesses with community tours and community leader introductions. w

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With the giant University of Missouri its largest employer, Columbia is an education town. The city’s families benefit from an unusually rich assortment of education options for their children, ranging from high-quality public schools to several independent private schools, some of them faith-based.

Columbia Public School District is the seventh largest district in the state. It includes 21 elementary schools, six middle schools, four high schools and the Columbia Area Career Center, as well as an early childhood program, with an enrollment of 18,552.

That wide range of choices continues all the way through higher education, as the Columbia area is home not only to the state’s flagship university but to an excellent community college and multiple smaller colleges and universities.

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“Our focus, from preschool to adult career education, is excellence,” say the leaders of the Columbia area’s public school system.

The district is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which cited such educational advantages as: • Comprehensive curriculum and services at all grade levels, including preschool and adult

• Exceptional programs for at-risk students and students with disabilities • Extensive depth and breadth in middle school and high school course offerings • Award-winning career education programs designed for all students • Successful community partnerships and volunteer programs • Significant emphasis on staff development and school improvement efforts Columbia’s students excel in the classroom and in their post-secondary education careers. Eighty to 90 percent of Columbia students extend their education beyond high school. The average 2017 ACT score (21.7) exceeded the state and national averages. The graduation rate is above 90 percent.

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“Our district’s teachers represent the primary reason Columbia’s schools and students are so successful,” district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said. “The average Columbia teacher holds a master’s degree, has 12 years of professional experience and stays in the district a good many years.” Columbia Public Schools is nationally recognized as a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine. Its schools are nationally ranked by Newsweek magazine and by SchoolMatch with the “What Parents Want” award. Columbia Public Schools is also ranked as a Top 10 district for exemplary and innovative use of technology by the National School Boards Association and ranked in the top 10 percent of school districts nationwide by Niche.com.

Our focus, from preschool to adult career education, is excellence. Our vision is to be the best district in the state, and our mission is to provide an excellent education for all students. • Ranked in the Top 10 percent of school districts nationwide by Niche.com • Nationally recognized as a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine • Nationally recognized by SchoolMatch with the “What Parents Want” award • Top 10 school district ranking for exemplary and innovative use of technology by the National School Boards Association

“There has been a steady amount of growth in Columbia,” Baumstark said. “And most of the people moving in are bringing kids with them. So we are being proactive in ensuring that students have adequate space throughout our district.” The school system opened a brand new school, Beulah Ralph Elementary, in 2016. Douglass High School was fully renovated and reopened in 2017. The new Cedar ➝

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“I believe that schools exist to allow access,” said Superintendent Peter Stiepleman. “Access to a great curriculum; access to skilled teachers and a nurturing environment; access to experiences beyond the core curriculum; access to interest-based activities before and after school; and access to school.”

• Nationally ranked high schools by Newsweek magazine

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Established in 1981 with an initial enrollment of 24 students, Christian Fellowship School in Columbia provides a faith-based college preparatory education to over 275 students from preschool through 12th grade.

Ridge Elementary School will open in fall 2018, as will a classroom addition to Grant Elementary. A new middle school is being planned and is slated to open in 2020.

families, not just people from C2 Church,” said Enrollment Director Shannon Fox. “Our teachers represent over 220 years of combined educational experience.”

The district includes three “lottery” elementary schools that draw students from throughout the district whose families desire an education with a special emphasis. Benton Elementary specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Ridgeway Elementary is an IGE (independent guided education) school. Lee Elementary focuses on the expressive arts.

“We help our students develop the heart of a leader, using a leadership training book for kids,” Fox said. “We give an award each month to the student in each class who best exemplifies these characteristics and traits.”

The schools base their education around what CPS calls nine “non-negotiable family principles that guide us” – honesty, a focus on what works, transparency, teamwork, mutual respect, persistence, adaptability, equity and commitment. Find out more about Columbia Public Schools at cpsk12.org.

á Additional Choices for Families

CCA also provides an all inclusive summer program – described by Fox as a “summer camp combined with summer school” – for children ages 3 through going-into sixth grade. Each week has a different theme and families can enroll for a week at a time. This program is open to any children in the Columbia area. In 2017 CCA won the Columbia Tribune Readers Choice Award for best preschool and was a finalist in the competition’s “best private school” category.

Students come from a variety of Christian backgrounds and denominations and represent over 40 different congregations. CFS faculty and staff also have varied Christian backgrounds, but share a commitment to faith in Jesus Christ, in presenting a Biblical worldview in their subject areas and in modeling Christian character. CFS is small enough to provide personal attention to every student, yet large enough to provide a variety of services, learning experiences and activities to its students. All the instructional goals and extracurricular activities of CFS are designed to train students in three primary areas: knowledge, faith and character. In addition to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, CFS offers dual-credit courses that allow students to earn both college and high school credits. Courses in language arts, social studies, science and math are the main focus, but students are also exposed to the visual arts and music with opportunities to participate in choir, band, speech and drama. As part of their faith-based education, students attend daily Bible classes and weekly chapel, and they experience Biblical integration in their course studies.


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Located in the heart of Columbia at Green Meadows and Providence, Christian Chapel Academy is a ministry of C2 Church. CCA is a nondenominational Christian school for infants through eighth-graders, and around 85 percent of the families of its 200 children come from more than 20 other Columbiaarea churches. CCA opened in 1971 as a preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. The elementary- and middle-school branches opened in 1985. In 2016 the infant and toddler care programs were added. “Our goal is to provide high-quality child care and Christian education to all

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Athletics provide an opportunity to enhance physical fitness while cultivating character traits such as perseverance, teamwork, discipline and good sportsmanship. Students have soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, track and cheer to choose from when deciding to join a team.

mile radius in Mid-Missouri. Named for trailblazing priest Fr. Augustus Tolton, the school serves students in grades 9 through 12, and it boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of better than 12 to 1. Through smaller class sizes, a strong faith community and a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, Tolton actively prepares students to serve others and become leaders for the 21st century.

Founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, students are educated in Catholic theology and attend weekly Mass and annual faith retreats. Tolton’s “house system” promotes involvement, leadership and service for the greater good by blending students from all grades into smaller communities. These groups then work together with a focus on faith formation, team building, mentorship and service.

The school’s strong academic programs are supported by numerous Advanced Placement and dual-credit offerings, as well as a one-to-one technology program.

Home of the Trailblazers, Tolton competes in 15 MSHSAA-sanctioned sports and claims multiple state championships in both team and individual events. The school also offers numerous fine arts activities and clubs. ➝

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include the opportunity to study abroad at CIS’s sister school, Cheadle Hulme School in England. International service opportunities are also available to students entering their senior year through a partnership with Be the Change Volunteers. Through this program CIS students have traveled to South Africa, India, Guatemala, Malawi, Peru and Papua New Guinea.

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Columbia Independent School (CIS), a college preparatory school, provides a stimulating learning environment and a challenging curriculum that together prepare students to become creative, compassionate and insightful leaders.

A full slate of extracurricular offerings, from athletics to character-development programs, rounds out the CIS experience.

CIS serves nearly 350 students in junior kindergarten through Grade 12. The classic liberal arts curriculum includes courses in the fine arts and modern languages, beginning as early as junior kindergarten and continuing through the upper school years.

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CIS leaders say that “the school prepares students for the rigorous academic life in college and success in the global world. This preparation is achieved through small class sizes, a committed faculty, a safe and close-knit community built on diverse backgrounds, and lively and engaging classrooms, which exude the joy of living.”

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CIS’s Center for Inspiration, Innovation, and Investigation engages all students’ natural curiosity with challenging hands-on projects focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The school originated in 1996, when a group of 32 families, led by Justin Perry, came together to create a new educational opportunity in Columbia. In the fall of 1998 CIS opened its doors in Hickman Hall on the Stephens College campus to 55 students in grades 6 through 9, with 16 teachers. Then in 2002, CIS established a lowerschool program in the previous Sacred Heart Parish School building. The school moved to its current building on North Stadium Boulevard in 2009, unifying all the grade levels under one roof. The student body comes from a variety of socio-economic, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds within the area, as well as internationally. Students of color comprise 26 percent of the CIS population. The school’s Global Perspectives Program introduces students to international cultures through modern language, global issues, the arts and cultural exchanges. Off-campus study programs for upper-school students

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á Higher Education Options THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI As well as being the city’s largest employer, the University of Missouri’s sprawling Columbia campus is the state’s largest institution of higher learning and was the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Affectionately known as “Mizzou” or “MU,” this flagship state university was founded in 1839. More than 175 years later, the university serves more than 30,000 students from all over the world, and it is known as one of the country’s finest academic and research institutions. The state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU has more than 300 degree programs – including 89 online options – through 18 colleges and schools. Mizzou students represent every Missouri county, all 50 states and 120 foreign countries. Designated a botanic garden, the 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees in numerous thematic and special collection settings. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. People across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou’s NCAA Division I athletic program has 20

sports, with many teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. The university’s performance in research, scholarship and teaching have been recognized by the Association of American Universities, which has invited the university to join its exclusive membership of only 60 public and private American universities. This distinction helps Mizzou with its fundraising and recruitment efforts. The university’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend $237 million annually on scientific research. In fact, they account for about 70 percent of the research dollars flowing into the state’s public universities. The typical Mizzou student graduates in 4.2 years. Among Missouri public universities, MU grants 27 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of the master’s degrees and 62 percent of the doctoral degrees. More than 40 percent of those degrees are in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health. Graduate programs, professional schools and the discovery of new knowledge through research add unparalleled value to an MU degree. It is one of only six public universities nationwide that have a medical school, a veterinary medicine college and a law school on the same campus. Students benefit from hands-on learning while contributing 250,000 hours of community service annually, participating in undergraduate research and taking advantage of Missouri’s largest study-abroad program. MOBERLY AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Moberly Area Community College (MACC) is a key component of the educational system in the Columbia region. The area’s community college offers associate degrees in a variety of subjects, along with a full slate of terminal certificate programs. The school’s open admissions approach and affordable tuition ensure that it is accessible to the widest range of people. “MACC really opens doors to education for all different types of students – those who aren’t in the financial position to pay for a four-year degree, those who have been away from school for a number of years, and so on,” said MACC spokesman Paul Zacharias.

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Based in nearby Moberly and serving much of northeast Missouri, MACC began offering college credit courses in Columbia in 1999. The MACC-Columbia Higher Education Center moved to the Parkade Center, along Business Loop 70 West, in 2010. With a recent addition, the Columbia campus now occupies 53,500 square feet at the Business Loop location. In addition to new classroom space, offices and computer labs, the expansion provided an art studio and Mechatronics lab. MACC offers the following degree and certificate programs on the Columbia campus: Transfer degrees • Associate of Arts (AA) • Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) • Associate of Science (AS) Allied Health Programs • Occupational Therapy Assistant Career and Technical Programs Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees: • Business Administration • Business Office Administration • Computer Information TechnologyNetworking • Computer Information TechnologyProgramming • Early Childhood Education • Mechatronics

Earn a degree on your schedule. Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Day, evening and online classes.

Certificate program: • Heavy Highway Construction Many additional programs are available in Moberly and at MACC’s other campuses in Hannibal, Kirksville, Mexico and Macon. MACC remains both career-focused and committed to educational excellence. The school’s certificate programs have a high job-placement rate, and its Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs prepare students well for the completion of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year universities.

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Recent additions to the MACC course catalog include a certificate program in “mechatronics,” an applied-science program that prepares students to maintain and repair the kind of sophisticated mechanical equipment found in contemporary manufacturing facilities. MACC also recently revamped its Associate of Science degree program in engineering so that it more closely aligns with the four-year programs at nearby schools like the University of Missouri. ➝


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Established in 1833, Stephens College is one of fewer than 50 women’s colleges in the country and is the second oldest to remain a women’s college. Offering career-focused programs in the liberal arts with an emphasis on creative arts and health sciences, the college takes an experiential approach to education, ensuring that students have access to quality classroom instruction combined with external work experiences designed to complement coursework.


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Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. It also has been a pioneer in working through satellite locations across the country and through online learning. Originally founded as Christian Female College, Columbia College was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970, when it transitioned from a two-year women’s college to a four-year coeducational college. Though Columbia College has retained a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception, the college is a nonsectarian school welcoming students of all religious denominations.

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Through its network of 35 nationwide locations – 17 of them on military bases – plus the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia and the Online Education program, the college serves more than 20,000 students annually and has more than 86,000 alumni worldwide.

With a 7.8-percent growth in student enrollment on its main campus in fall 2017 and continued projected growth for 20182019, additional student housing is a priority. To meet that need, the college will break ground on a new academic and residence hall in May 2018. The facility will serve as the new home for the School of Business Administration and will also include a 150bed residence hall and will be completed in August 2019. The Cougar athletics program also continues to grow, recently adding the sports of baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s bowling, bringing the total of NAIA varsity sports offered by the college to 18. The college was one of the first in the country to offer scholarships for online gamers, launching its competitive eSports team in 2016. The college often appears on Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, including in 2018’s latest edition. Approximately 25 percent of Columbia College students are service members, veterans or their dependents.

Stephens includes an undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs and a Children’s School that has been offering student teachers experience in the classroom for 90 years. In 2017 Stephens reorganized its majors into three schools. The School of Design was formed through the merger of the School of Fashion and Design and the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication. It is focused on cultivating creative leaders who will thrive in human-centered, marketdriven careers. The School of Health Sciences now includes the equestrian studies program, the psychology program, human development and the Master of Education in Counseling students. These programs will join a school focused on the growing and diverse health sciences industry. The School of Creative and Performing Arts now includes performing arts, English and creative writing, education and digital filmmaking along with those working toward a master’s degree in TV and screenwriting.

In addition to offering associate degrees in 10 fields and bachelor’s degrees in 58, the college offers master’s degrees in eight disciplines at the main campus, selected nationwide locations and online. Students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. Online students can choose from more than 600 accredited course sections. On-campus students enjoy a low 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

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U.S. News & World Report ranked Stephens College the 23rd-best regional college in the Midwest on its annual Best Colleges List. Stephens is included in the Princeton Review’s 382 Best Colleges guide, with the theater program ranked 6th in the country and the overall “quality of life” for students ranked 17th. Stephens’ Center for Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility that welcomed the first cohort of students in a master’s degree program for physician assistants. The well-known Citizen Jane Film Festival “for independent films by independent women” was included in a list of “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker magazine. Stephens students work with nationally and internationally recognized guest artists in the performing arts, work

with working TV and film writers in the Master of Fine Arts program, and hear from professionals and writers through Stephens’ Writers on the Edge program. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program was rated No. 3 in the world for long-term value by the respected Business of Fashion in London, which also ranked Stephens’ overall fashion program 13th in the world. WESTMINSTER COLLEGE AND CHURCHILL MUSEUM

Monthly. Founded in 1851, this beautiful 86-acre campus is a private undergraduate college with 767 students. Westminster is a challenging academic environment where students receive the kind of one-on-one instruction and support needed to find the power in their purpose. Ninety-six percent of Westminster graduates start their first job or enroll in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation. ➝

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Founded in 1851, Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, is one of the top liberal arts colleges in America, according to major educational ranking firms, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review and Washington

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Westminster is also the home of the National Churchill Museum, a state-of-the-art museum that combines interactive sight, sound and touch technology to tell the story of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It is located in the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th Century Christopher Wren church that had been left in ruins in central London following the German blitzkrieg during World War II. The church was disassembled and brought from London stone-by-stone to Fulton, where it was rebuilt in 1969 to commemorate the historic “Iron Curtain” speech that Churchill delivered at Westminster College in 1946. Many historians say that speech first created an international understanding that a “Cold War” was going on between the Free World and the Communist Soviet Union. Beside the church is the sculpture “Breakthrough” created by Churchill’s granddaughter, Edwina Sandys, from eight sections of the actual Berlin Wall. “Breakthrough” is the longest contiguous section of the Berlin Wall found in North America. CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY

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Central Methodist University has provided quality education to mid-Missouri and beyond since 1854. Its historic main campus is in Fayette, a short half-hour drive from Columbia, and is noted for its exceptional programs in the fine arts, performing arts, health professions, science and teacher education. CMU programs also are offered in Columbia at both the Parkade Center and the Forum Shopping Center, and the university offers a growing number of classes and programs online.

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To ensure that CMU students have the highest level of technology at their fingertips, the new “Digital U” program gives each undergraduate student at the main campus their very own Apple iPad Pro, loaded with apps and other features. Besides allowing instant connection to fellow students, clubs, athletics, fine arts and campus activities, this provides faster, smarter and more collaborative learning; the option of using printed textbooks or e-textbooks; and realworld experience with the technology top employers use today. Several graduate programs are available, including two in Columbia (Clinical Counseling and Teacher Education). An Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is available in Columbia too.

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Based in nearby Fulton, Missouri, with a branch in Columbia, William Woods University brings its curriculum to life through a service-learning approach, where students learn through hands-on experiences. More than 1,100 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university, in a student body that represents more than 35 states and 24 countries. A professions-oriented liberal arts university, William Woods University offers unique undergraduate programs, including an internationally recognized equestrian studies program, a four-year American Sign Language interpreting program and a criminal justice degree with homeland security emphasis. The university also announced in fall 2017 that it intends to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The university also offers a growing number of graduate offerings in education and business, and adult degree completion. Students may take these via evening or online classes.

make a difference in today’s world,” Bryan seeks to assist in the personal growth and development of qualified students by providing an education based upon an integrated understanding of the Bible and the liberal arts. Founded in 1982, the school is committed to providing career-focused education and training that prepares students for immediate success in the working world. Bryan offers more than 50 different programs, from associate degrees to master’s degrees, in a variety of subject areas, including criminal justice and business administration. The college’s unique “hybrid learning” option allows students to study via both classroom and online instruction. Bryan College’s online business program geared toward adult learners placed No. 6 in

The Best Colleges’ “Top 25 Online Associate in Business Administration Programs for 2018” and No. 23 in Best College Reviews’ “Top 24 Associate’s Degree Programs in Business Online 2017-2018.” Bryan’s program boasts six-week accelerated online classes, a Christian worldview and competitive tuition rates with financial aid available. The college recently started teaching courses in mechanical and civil engineering. “Our engineering professors not only prepare students to develop sustainable infrastructures for various industries, but also emphasize missional possibilities in underdeveloped countries,” one of that program’s professors said. w

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HEALTH CARE  Boone Hospital Center continues tradition of health care excellence “We’re proud of our awards. But the greatest achievement is seeing our patients get better,” say the people at Boone Hospital Center. Boone has a tradition of health care excellence in Mid-Missouri. Ever since the hospital opened in 1921, physicians and staff at Boone Hospital have worked together to improve the health of the region. Boone has always been a community hospital. It was the community in Boone County that voted, in 1919, to create a local hospital, approving a plan to spend $100,000 to construct what was originally called Boone County Hospital. Physician Dr. Frank Nifong was one of the biggest proponents. He would later become the hospital’s chief of staff. Following success at the polls, five residents were appointed as the first Boone Hospital board of trustees. Among their first tasks was selecting a site for the hospital. They decided to purchase four acres along East Broadway, which would become the Boone Hospital campus. It’s the same site where the greatly expanded hospital still sits today.

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On Dec. 10, 1921, the community turned out in great numbers to witness the hospital’s grand opening ceremony. History has it that buggies and cars were parked on both sides of the streets for blocks around. Residents squeezed inside the doorway and crowded through the main corridor and up the stairway to help celebrate their new hospital. Just days later, the first patients arrived. And on Christmas Eve the first Boone Baby was born. Today Boone Hospital Center is leased to BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. The BJC system (named after Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Christian Hospital and Children’s Hospital, all in St. Louis) includes 14 hospitals plus a rehabilitation center, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and other health-related services throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois. ➝

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KATHLEEN’S STORY: Getting Back to Her Full Potential Kathleen Oglesby, 21, was sledding in Columbia, Missouri, when she crashed into a tree, suffering a spinal cord injury. Following emergency surgery, Kathleen was unable to do anything for herself, so her family moved her to Rusk Rehabilitation Center to learn how to adapt to her new life. Kathleen’s rehabilitation team had her working to improve stamina and strength almost immediately. Within one month, she could sit upright for six hours on her own and was encouraged by her team and other spinal cord injury patients to accomplish more for her independence. And accomplish she did.


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From its humble beginning, Boone Hospital has grown to become today’s 392-bed institution, offering the region’s most advanced care across a full spectrum of service line offerings. As part of the BJC system, Boone is known for its advanced cardiology care, obstetrics services, neurology expertise, surgical specialists, oncology and orthopedic excellence. The hospital has a full-service emergency department, a rehabilitation unit, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and cutting-edge radiology services. In addition, Boone has a host of specialized programs serving a wide variety of medical needs such as an endocrine and diabetes clinic; an employee assistance

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program; an infectious disease program; pain management services; a sleep center; supportive care; weight loss assistance; a wound healing center; and the Harris Breast Center, which provides 3-D mammography and DEXA scans. Patients needing surgery can take advantage of Boone’s endoscopic, laser and robotic surgery procedures. In 2016, Boone Hospital opened the Nifong Medical Plaza at the corner of Forum and Nifong Boulevards in southern Columbia. Convenient Care, primary care, radiology, therapy and laboratory services are all available at this new satellite location. Outside of Columbia, the hospital provides care through its Boone Medical Group clinics in Ashland, Boonville, Centralia, Glasgow, Hallsville, Moberly and Mexico. The latest addition is a Boone Medical Group clinic in Osage Beach, which opened in 2017. Boone’s commitment to improving the health of Mid-Missouri includes community outreach programs such as free cholesterol,

A1C and skin cancer screenings on the hospital’s Mobile Health Unit, its annual Heart Fair and the Kids on Track program, which keeps children and their families active during summer months in multiple communities around Mid-Missouri. Boone Hospital also provides corporate wellness services to help Mid-Missouri employers promote good health on the job. The Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital offers a continuum of services, ranging from prevention and detection to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitative and hospice services. Stewart Cancer Center is part of the Siteman Cancer Network, an affiliation led by the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. This affiliation gives Boone Hospital Center patients expanded access to cancer prevention and control strategies, genomic and genetic testing and clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative cancer therapies. The institutions also jointly assess the need for cancer prevention, detection and treatment in their respective regions and plan ways to prevent and control the disease. ➝

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GETTING BACK TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE Missouri Heart Center’s cardiovascular specialists are dedicated to improving the quality of life and care of the patients we serve. With on-site diagnostic services and research, we strive to provide you the finest care available.

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Boone Family Birthplace cares for mothers and babies, personalized according to the needs of each woman and her family, including low-intervention birth options, lactation counseling, perinatal education and family-friendly postpartum suites. When needed, the Level III neonatal intensive care unit, specialists and nurses are there to help with unexpected complications or high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Across these service lines, the hospital is fortunate to have the service of approximately 350 physicians, many of whom were trained at some of the most prestigious universities and medical schools in America. While the hospital employs some of these physicians directly, most doctors who practice at Boone Hospital belong to private physician practice groups in Mid-Missouri. These physician groups include some of the most respected large practices in the region, including the Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Missouri Cancer Associates, Columbia Surgical Associates, Neurology Inc., Urology Associates, Women’s Health Associates and many more practices of all sizes. The collaboration between Boone Hospital and the physicians creates the outstanding care that Mid-Missourians have come to expect. Boone Hospital’s high standards of compassionate, patient-centered care have regularly been recognized by national organizations including the Joint Commission, National Research Corporation, PRC, American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Becker’s Hospital Review. The hospital has been designated a Level I stroke center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Boone Hospital Center the No. 1 hospital in Mid-Missouri and one of the top-ranked hospitals in the state. Boone is one of the few hospitals in the world to have been designated as a Magnet hospital three consecutive times by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, recognizing Boone’s commitment to nursing excellence and professional development. Nurses have also ranked Boone Hospital Center as one of the top hospitals to work for in Missouri at the website nurse.org. For more information, about Boone Hospital Center, visit www.boone.org or call (573) 815-8000

 University of Missouri Health Care offers full spectrum of care Staying healthy is a lifelong journey, and at University of Missouri Health Care, patients have access to a comprehensive team of specialists to help every step of the way. As part of the state’s premier academic health center, MU Health Care offers patients a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for the most severe illnesses and injuries. At MU Health Care, patients play an integral role in their care. A patient-centered approach is not just about providing quality care but also being accessible to patients in person, online and via secure messaging – at times chosen by the patient. Patients with minor health issues who wish to see a health care provider with no appointment can walk into any of the Mizzou Quick Care clinics located in all three Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores, or to Mizzou Urgent Care at the South Providence Medical Park. If you’re traveling or too busy to see a provider in person, we offer patients private and secure video visits. Patients can find more information

on these services at www.MUHealth.org/ convenientcare. MU Health Care patients can manage appointments, securely message physicians, request prescription refills, access immunization history and more through their patient portal. The portal is available to new and existing patients and also offers the ability to view physician notes online after a visit. MU Health Care’s commitment to using technology to streamline the patient experience recently earned the health system its seventh consecutive “Most Wired” award from the American Hospital Association. Its spirit of innovation and patient-centered approach to care also earned the health system the association’s Innovator Award for the development of an integrated mood tracking app. Using technology, MU Health Care engages patients with their lifestyles in mind. MU Health Care’s dedication to top quality care is evident in its employees. The health system has been named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the health news publication Becker’s Hospital Review. MU Health Care is not only a premier destination for patients, but also for job seekers. MU Health Care’s comprehensive health network began when University Hospital opened in Columbia in 1956. Today, MU Health Care consists of University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the Missouri Psychiatric Center, all based in Columbia, as well as more than 50 outpatient clinics in central Missouri. Affiliates include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Columbia Family Medical Group, Columbia Surgical Associates, Fulton Family Health Associates and Rusk Rehabilitation Center. ➝

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Additionally, MU Health Care is a founding member of the Health Network of Missouri and MPact Health, statewide networks to improve health care access and coordination of care. MU Health Care is a part of University of Missouri Health, which also includes the MU School of Health Professions, the MU School of Medicine, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and the University Physicians practice plan. A majority of the physicians practicing in Missouri today were trained at the MU School of Medicine. They refer patients to MU Health Care because they know MU Health Care can offer patients:

• Access to the latest discoveries in medicine, such as the Mizzou BioJoint Center, an innovative regenerative orthopaedics program with a preservation system developed at MU that is the first and only in the nation • Traveling clinics and telemedicine technology delivered to rural sites around the state

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• The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Network, through a collaboration with Ellis Fischel Cancer Center • The region’s only Level I trauma center • A Level I comprehensive stroke center • The state’s only hospital dedicated to women’s and children’s health care • Mid-Missouri’s first low-intervention birthing program • The region’s largest and most comprehensive orthopaedic hospital, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute • The region’s largest medical group comprised of more than 600 physicians • A family medicine program ranked among the top 10 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report for 24 consecutive years To schedule a visit with A MU Health Care physician, visit www.MUHealth.org. Connect with MU Health Care online at www.facebook.com/MUHealthCare, www. twitter.com/MUHealth and www.instagram. com/MUHealth.

á Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital provides health care to 93,000 veterans Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital (Truman VA) serves the health care needs of veterans in 44 counties in Missouri and one county in Illinois, with a veteran population of approximately 93,000. Except for Boone County, the area is considered rural. The hospital in Columbia operates 123 beds (medical, surgical, acute psychiatry, longterm care and transitional residence). A new behavioral health residential rehabilitation treatment unit opened in 2016, adding more inpatient beds. Each year Truman VA provides care for more than 37,000 veterans and exceeds 416,000 outpatient visits. The 1,300 staff members work with and support referring facilities and practitioners while taking care of the patient care demands from local area veterans. These employees are assisted by 400 volunteers from the surrounding communities, who generously contribute 48,000 hours of their time each year.

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The facility is a general medical and surgical tertiary care teaching facility that is one of seven medical centers in the VA Heartland Network. In addition to outpatient clinics located at the Columbia facility, Truman VA operates eight community-based outpatient clinics located in Missouri at: • Fort Leonard Wood (Waynesville) • Jefferson City • Kirksville • Lake of the Ozarks (Osage Beach) • Marshfield • Mexico • Sedalia • Saint James

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Truman VA provides a full continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is committed to excellent patient care, education and research. The facility offers comprehensive care including primary care, medical and surgical specialty care, behavioral health, rehabilitation medicine and pharmacy services. The facility also offers home based primary care, a Seamless Transition Clinic for OEF/ OIF/OND veterans, an addictions treatment program, suicide awareness and prevention, support for homeless veterans, Tele-Health services, visual impairment services and a women veterans program. Truman VA also is a referral center for heart care services, including open heart surgery and Trans-catheter Aortic Valve

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Where better health and compassionate care meet Replacement (TAVR) procedures. The Columbia facility is one of only six VA medical centers nationally that can provide TAVR procedures. The facility performs nearly 200 open-heart procedures a year. A major construction project to replace/ renovate the facility’s operating room suite was approved in 2007, with the construction award made in 2009. This project added approximately 25,000 square feet of new space and renovated 14,000 square feet of existing space for a new operatory suite with appropriate utilities and support space. The first phase was completed in May 2012, when the first surgical cases in the new operating room suites were performed. The rest of the project was completed in 2013. This completion date had been delayed because an additional fully equipped, hybrid operating suite dedicated for endovascular procedures was also approved in 2011.

An affiliation with the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine provides opportunities for MU medical students to rotate through the facility with the Truman VA paying for 88 resident physicians. Through educational agreements with the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions and other health training programs, approximately 800 other students are trained at Truman VA every year.

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Research investigators at Truman VA are working on several core areas of knowledge, ranging from cardiovascular medicine to radiopharmaceutical sciences. VA researchers work in conjunction with numerous MU medical school departments as well as the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Research Nuclear Reactor. In recognition of this robust research program, the facility hosted the national VA Research Week symposium in May 2016. Of particular note is the fact that four of the 30 national VA Career Research Scientist awards belong to staff members at the Columbia facility. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, veterans in facilities like Truman VA compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined. The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The VA challenges and encourages senior veterans to be proactive in embracing a healthier lifestyle. The games are open to veterans age 55 or older who receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Disabled veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Opportunities offered by the VA nationwide include summer and winter sports clinics; a TEE golf and bowling tournament that was to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, in September 2018, within a day’s drive from Columbia; and the annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. For more information about Truman VA, visit www.columbiamo.va.gov or call (573) 814-6000. The main hospital is at 800 Hospital Dr. in Columbia. w

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i Accountants

i Apartments The Arch Columbia David Streeter 3200 Rock Quarry Rd. Columbia, MO 65201-7211 (573) 256-1128 www.thearchcolumbia.com

Hanson & Company CPAs, P.C. Phillip F. Hanson 108 E. Green Meadows Rd., Ste. 1 Columbia, MO 65203-3633 (573) 875-6600 phil@hansoncpa.com www.hansoncpa.com As CPAs we act as advisors on a wide range of financial matters for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. To see if we can help you, contact our office. Weiss Financial Innovations, LLC Garry Weiss 3610 Buttonwood Dr., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65201-3721 (573) 442-8226 www.weissfinancialinnovations.com

i Accountants/ Tax Services

i Agriculture MFA Incorporated 201 Ray Young Dr. Columbia, MO 65201-3599 (573) 874-5111 • f: (573) 876-5430 www.mfa-inc.com

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Gentry Estates Kourtney Pickel 4150 Bethel St. Columbia, MO 65203-6816 (573) 443-0437 www.fairwaymanagement.com The Links at Columbia Lia Neitzert 5000 Clark Ln. Columbia, MO 65202-9853 (573) 474-4399 http://linksatcolumbia.apartments The Reserve at Columbia Whitnee Allen 2500 Old Hwy. 63 S. Columbia, MO 65201-7627 (573) 256-7344 www.reserveatcolumbia.com

i Appliances — Sales/Repair/Rental Downtown Appliance Home Center Don Helmreich 1104 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65201-4967 (573) 874-3333 www.downtownappliance.com Downtown Appliance Home Center is a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1961. We provide Columbia and surrounding areas with appliances and bedding from the top brands. We also provide service by our factory trained technicians.

Columbia Manor Clara Cannell 2012 E. Nifong Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201-3874 (573) 449-1246 www.jmsseniorliving.com Comfort, compassion, and around the clock skilled care, that’s what you’ll find at Columbia Manor. Our team of skilled care givers go above and beyond for our seniors. Come visit, and see why Columbia Manor is a 5-star rated facility.

i Attorneys Britt Immigration Law, LLC 303 N. Stadium Blvd. Columbia, MO 65203-1016 (573) 234-5453 www.mihalaw.com Evans & Dixon, LLC Tanya Backman 501 Cherry St., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 777-8823 tbackman@evans-dixon.com www.evans-dixon.com Evans & Dixon is full-service, regional law firm with six offices across the Midwest, including one right here in Columbia. We provide business clients with sophisticated representation and responsive communications. Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Taylor, Elliott, & Hicks, P.C. Brian Hajicek 1103 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65205-1017 (573) 874-7777 www.vanmatre.com

i Automotive — Collision Repair

Central Missouri Auto Body Carol Miller 5353 N. Hwy. 763 Columbia, MO 65202-1026 (573) 875-5877 carol@centralmoautobody.net www.centralmoautobody.com Central Missouri Auto Body is a female owned company that has been serving the mid-Missouri area since 1982. “Some Repairs You See… Ours You Don’t”

i Automotive — Dealers JD Byrider Jon Niswonger 608 Business Loop 70 W. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 817-1700 www.gojdb.com

i Automotive — Parts/Repairs/Services A.J.’s Automotive Al Fisher 13 Colorado Ave. Columbia, MO 65203-3959 (573) 875-1020 www.ajsautomotive.mechanicnet.com Firestone Complete Auto Care Brandon Winfrey 703 Business Loop 70 W. Columbia, MO 65203-2476 (573) 449-2421

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Beard-Boehmer & Associates, P.C. Jack E. Beard Jr., CPA 1 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 442-8427 • f: (573) 875-7876 jack@cpabba.com www.cpabba.com Professional team large enough to offer a wide range of services to business, nonprofits, governmental entities, and individuals, yet small enough to remain responsive to your needs

Four Winds Villages Tim Trower 2200 Aaron Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-1963 (573) 446-0096 www.fourwindsvillages.com

i Assisted Living/ Nursing Homes

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First Midwest Bank Wesley Parks 1411 Grindstone Plaza Dr. Columbia, MO 65201-8596 (573) 815-7500 www.onemidwest.com Fisher Auto Service Carl Fisher 1701 Commerce Ct. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 443-8224 fisherautoserv@gmail.com www.fisherautoservice.com For 40+ years, Fisher Auto Service has provided high quality car repair and service. Family owned and operated, our policy is to provide the best possible service at a reasonable price.

Privitt Auto Service Douglas E. Privitt 721 W. Sexton Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-2403 (573) 449-7941 privittauto@centurytel.net www.privittautoservice.com We are a family-owned business that has been doing business since 1963.

i Aviation Central Missouri Aviation, Inc. Lynn Williams 11200 S. Airport Dr. Columbia, MO 65201-9801 (573) 443-1576

i Banks

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The Callaway Bank Debbie Larue 1600 Chapel Hill Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-6365 (573) 447-1771 debbie.larue@callawaybank.com www.callawaybank.com A locally owned, community bank whose goal is to improve the financial life of our clients, & we’ll do whatever we can to help them fulfill their needs & goals. We’ll guide you in finding the best options in personal to commercial lending & banking.

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The Missouri Bank II Rob Volker 2500 Rangeline St. Columbia, MO 65202-1635 (573) 777-1000 www.mymissouribank.com 2nd Columbia Branch: 3320 Bluff Creek Dr. Ste. #107, Columbia, MO 65201. Phone: (573) 777-9500 UMB Bank, NA Tony Mayfield 1516 Chapel Hill Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-1945 (573) 445-4600 www.umb.com

i Builders — Developers & Management

i Building Materials Continental Siding Supply Bill Farmer 8060 I-70 Dr. SE Columbia, MO 65201-6518 (573) 256-7000 www.smartsiding.com Continental Siding has been in business since 1982. Buying siding and windows can save you 30-40% on energy bills! Call us today for a free estimate. 1-800-533-3880. Midwest Block & Brick Tony Seiling 3115 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2617 (573) 445-9484 www.midwestblock.com

Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling Cale Kliethermes 1902 Corona Rd., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65203-5926 (573) 446-2222 www.kliethermes.com

Tiger Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center Jon Signaigo 3700 I-70 Dr. SE, Ste. 110 Columbia, MO 65201-6587 (573) 443-1414 www.tigerfamilychiropractic.com

i Churches Missouri United Methodist Church Joan DeBoe 204 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201-4818 (573) 443-3111 www.moumc.org

i Business Services The Hatchery Amanda Quick 206 Corporate Lake Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-7172 (573) 356-9567 www.thehatchery.club

i Business Telephone Systems

Girard Homes Zachary Girard 1010 Club Village Dr., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 825-5200 www.girardluxuryhomes.com At Girard Homes our mission is to provide home buyers with a simpler, healthier, and more efficient lifestyle in our beautifully constructed, energyefficient homes by incorporating and implementing the most advanced technologies in the industry.

i Chiropractors

Towner Communications Systems Ryan Towner 2511-B Industrial Dr. Jefferson City, MO 65109-6708 (573) 634-8411 sales@calltcs.com www.calltcs.com Our robust communication systems support collaboration, accelerated response-time and enhanced call reporting. Affordably advance your business communications on-premise or on the cloud with TCS.

i Caterers A Catered Affair Cassidy Grellner 2316 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2301 (573) 298-3721 www.showmeacateredaffair.com CoMo Smoke and Fire Patrick Hawkins 4600 Paris Rd., Ste. 102 Columbia, MO 65202-0060 (573) 443-3473 www.comosmokeandfire.com

Parkade Baptist Church Pastor Chris Cook 2102 N. Garth Ave. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 443-4585 connect@parkade.church www.parkade.church Join us on the journey as we discover, develop, and devote our lives to Christ. We are located less than a mile north of the I-70 corridor.

i Cleaning Services Agent Clean Exterior Cleaning Jon Welker 503 E. Nifong Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 416-0132 infomidmo@agentclean.com www.agentclean.com/agent-clean-midmissouri

i Computer Services — Products & Consulting Automated Systems Consulting, LLC Chris Sutterer P.O. Box 7478 Columbia, MO 65205-7478 (573) 815-0200 www.goautomatedsystems.com

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InfiniTech Angie Stuart 2401 Bernadette Dr., Ste. 209 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 234-6540 • f: (573) 234-6539 astuart@trustinfinitech.com www.trustinfinitech.com InfiniTech is an experienced IT integrator and managed services provider. We focus on being your trusted technology advisor by bringing you innovative ideas and the latest technologies to run your business.

i Concrete — Ready Mix Central Concrete James Ruston 2000 Dogwood Ln. Columbia, MO 65201-5580 (573) 443-2426 www.centralconcreteco.com

i Construction C & C Construction, Inc. Rhonda Carlson P.O. Box 1233 Columbia, MO 65205-1233 (573) 875-3900 www.candchomes.com Building communities, not just homes. Residential and commercial construction, remodeling, design and project management. All aspects and phases. Owned by two Columbia natives with 84 years combined experience.

i Contractors

i Dance Instruction

Professional Contractors & Engineers, Inc. Matthew Robe 5900-C N. Tower Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-9437 (573) 442-1113 www.pce-mo.com

Dancearts of Columbia Marie Robertson 110 N. 10th St., Ste. 3 Columbia, MO 65201-4971 (573) 875-1569 www.danceartsofcolumbia.com

TrueSon Exteriors Barry Rowe 29090 E. Falling Leaf Ln., Ste. J Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 268-1055 www.truesonexteriors.com

i Day Care & Child Development

i Copiers

Summer One — Images Technologies Wayen Rueger 6701 Stephens Station Rd. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 499-5300 • f: (573) 875-6104 wrueger@imagetechmo.com www.imagetechmo.com Specializing in document and workflow technologies in Mid-Missouri since 1995. MFPs, printers, scanners, print management, document workflow and postage equipment sales and service.

River Region Credit Union Matt Brockmeier 3000 Carter Ln. Columbia, MO 65201-3759 (573) 442-1444 www.rrcu.org

Tigers Credit Union 3310 Bluff Creek Dr., Ste. 101 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 443-8462 www.tigerscu.org At Tigers Community Credit Union, your success is our success. We offer a full range of services to meet your financial needs. Start banking cooperatively today! Learn more at www.tigerscu.org

Lori Henderson, DDS 1506 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. B Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 446-6868 • f: (573) 446-5588 drlori@ident.com http://lorihendersondds.com Dr. Lori believes that every child deserves a happy, healthy smile. That’s why she specializes in pediatric dentistry. From infancy through adolescence, our friendly and experienced team will help you care for and protect your child’s smile.

i Drug Stores & Pharmacies Flows Pharmacy Alex Smith 303 N. Keene St. Columbia, MO 65201-7193 (573) 447-8093 www.flowspharmacy.com

Christian Chapel Academy Shannon Fox 3300 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 874-2325 • f: (573) 443-5037 shannonf@cca-columbia.com www.cca-columbia.com Christian Chapel Academy provides high-quality, Christian education to students from birth-8th grade as well as an enroll by the week summer camp. Join our family today!

Christian Fellowship School Christi Wolverton 4600 Christian Fellowship Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-8565 • f: (573) 445-8564 cwolverton@cfsknights.org www.cfsknights.org Providing quality Christian education to PreK-12th grade since 1981, the academic and extracurricular programs at CFS are fully accredited and designed to equip students in knowledge, faith, and character. Job Point Steven Smith 400 Wilkes Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201-4340 (573) 777-1505 www.jobpointmo.org

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i Dentists

i Credit Unions

i Consultants — Business & Management Small Business & Technology Development Center Greg Tucker 214 Engineering Bldg. N. Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-8570 www.missouribusiness.net

Tree Top Innovative Learning Center Tiffany Campbell 4470 N. Hwy. 763 Columbia, MO 65202-1043 (573) 256-8733 http://treetopilc.weebly.com Our goal is to develop life-long learners & leaders while building relationships between the children, the parents, the staff & the community we serve by providing quality child care & other further outreach community programs. Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-6p.m.

i Education

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i Engineers

i Foundation Repairs Advanced Foundation Repair Rhad Baker P.O. Box 598 Mexico, MO 65265-0598 (573) 581-3168 www.advancedfoundationmissouri.com

i Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks Allstate Consultants, LLC Ron Shy 3312 LeMone Industrial Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201-8246 (573) 875-8799 allstate@allstateconsultants.net www.allstateconsultants.net We love our community and are committed to providing innovative engineering designs that serve our clients. Since 1975, Allstate has partnered with public and private stakeholders to deliver solutions for current needs with an eye on future growth. Terracon Consultants, Inc. Tim Bennett 3601 Mojave Ct., Ste. A Columbia, MO 65202-4043 (573) 214-2677 www.terracon.com

i Equipment & Services Farm Power — Lawn & Leisure Billy Burnett 1702 Business Loop 70 E. Columbia, MO 65201-4639 (573) 442-1139 Sydenstricker Implement Company Cory Pennington 1500 N. Rte. J Rocheport, MO 65279-9308 (573) 446-3030 www.sydenstrickers.com

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Merrill Lynch — Wealth Management Mike Flanagan 2804 Forum Blvd., Ste. 2 Columbia, MO 65203-5435 (573) 446-7023 www.ml.com

i Flooring Stover Carpet and Home Furnishing Ruthie Stover 1724 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65201-5560 (573) 449-2771 www.stoverscarpet.com

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Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel John Bach 1610 N. Garth Ave. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 441-2932 • f: (573) 441-2933 jbach@bachyager.com www.bachyager.com Offering a full line of funeral services, from traditional burial services to cremation at affordable prices in a warm, friendly, comfortable facility. Locally owned and operated. Caring, dignified and respectful.

i Garage Doors Eddie’s Garage Doors, Inc. Mary Willingham 4109 Waco Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2894 (573) 886-8442 www.eddiesgaragedoors.com

i Gifts The Southern Rose, LLC Mackenzie Knierim 503 E. Nifong Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 815-7673 http://sourthernrosemonograms.com

i Glass Koonse Glass Company, Inc. Silas Koonse 4153 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-0107 (573) 449-0084 www.koonseglass.com

i Groceries Gerbes Supermarket — Paris Rd. Greg Harris 2900 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2651 (573) 474-1427 www.gerbes.com

i Health & Fitness Clubs/ Personal Training Anytime Fitness Tyler Zimmer 3200 Penn Ter., Ste. 117 Columbia, MO 65202-0004 (573) 886-7024 www.anytimefitness.com

i Health Food Eat Fit Go Healthy Meals Brandi Huebner 1101 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 106 Columbia, MO 65201-3737 (573) 449-3344 columbia@eatfitgo.com http://eatfitgo.com Eat Fit Go provides healthy, delicious options for people on the go. With all ingredients and nutrition facts listed on the label, you know exactly what you’re eating. Our chef-made meals are made fresh daily, never frozen and allergy-friendly.

i Home Health Care BrightStar Care of Mid Missouri Kelley Upham 108 E. Green Meadows Rd., Ste. 8 Columbia, MO 65203-3633 (573) 777-9222 www.brightstarcare.com/midmissouri Phoenix Home Care, Inc. Jayme Dement 1410 I-70 Dr. SW, Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65203-2068 (573) 442-9911 www.phoenixhomehc.com

i Home Improvements TrueSon Exteriors Barry Rowe 29090 E. Falling Leaf Ln., Ste. J Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 268-1055 www.truesonexteriors.com

i Hospitals

i Heating & Air Conditioning APM Heating & Air Conditioning Jason Smith 2316 Industrial Dr. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 815-0063 http://apmcontractor.com Trusted, top notch service from simple repairs to installations — Custom duct work — Day & night or York — On call 24/7 — Providing optimal heating and cooling services for more than 75 years! (573) 777-7261

Rusk Rehabilitation Center Monica Gooch 315 Business Loop 70 W. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 817-4646 • f: (573) 817-4659 monica.gooch@healthsouth.com www.ruskrehab.com Rusk Rehabilitation Center’s personalized programs help patients rehabilitate after limb loss, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, hip fracture and more, getting them back to doing the things they love.

i Hotels & Motels Star Heating & Air Conditioning Co. David Thompson 1702 Commerce Ct. Columbia, MO 65202-1594 (573) 449-3784 david@starheat.com www.starheat.com Your local experts in all areas of heating and air conditioning. Within Star you will find The Fireplace Shop where professionals will help you select the perfect solution for your home heating needs.

Courtyard by Marriott Eric Lawson 3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201-8247 (573) 443-8000 www.marriott.com/coucy Built with today’s travelers in mind, Columbia Courtyard by Marriott comes fully equipped for your stay. The Event Center is perfect for hosting weddings, business meetings and other social events.

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Hilton Garden Inn Cynthia Neff 3300 Vandiver Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-2308 (573) 814-5464 www.hiltongardencolumbia.com European elegance offering 151 spacious and comfortable rooms; Whirlpool suites; Microwaves and refrigerators; Keurig coffeemakers; 13,000 sq. ft. of conference space; Full-service catering and event support. Conveniently located at I-70 and Hwy. 63N.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites University Area Rachna Puri 1402 Cinnamon Hill Ln. Columbia, MO 65201-7252 (573) 442-8034 Free hot breakfast; Spacious rooms and suites; All non-smoking; Free parking and conveniently located at Hwy 63 and Stadium Blvd. 2 miles from MU Campus.

Harrison Agency, Inc. Brian Harrison 2100 Whitegate Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-3637 (573) 474-9537 b.harrison@harrisonagencyinc.com www.harrisonagencyinc.com As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Columbia, Missouri, since 1985 Harrison Insurance Company is committed to providing quality insurance products and professional services for individuals and businesses.

Phyllis Nichols State Farm Insurance Phyllis Nichols 1006 West Blvd. N., Ste. 102 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 443-8727 • f: (573) 443-2781 phyllis.nichols.g15k@statefarm.com www.phyllisjnichols.com I want to help people manage the risks of everyday life, be there when things go wrong, and help them recover from the unexpected to help their life go right.

i Interior Decorators & Designers

i Knitting & Weaving Studio

Studio Home Jon Trigg 1029 E. Walnut St. Columbia, MO 65201-4940 (573) 445-4122 showroom@studiohomeinteriors.com www.studiohomeinteriors.com

Carol Leigh’s Hillcreek Fiber Studio Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser 7001 S. Hill Creek Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-9402 (573) 874-2233 clhfsweb@aol.com www.hillcreekfiberstudio.com

i Internet Service

i Laboratories

Mediacom 1211 Wilkes Blvd. Columbia, MO 65201-4760 (573) 443-1536 www.mediacomcc.com With one simple phone call you can get ALWAYS FASTER Internet, BOUNDARYFREE TV, and LOWER-COST Phone all on ONE bill for ONE price! Mediacom — The Power to Simplify!

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Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. John Bliven 210 N. Allen St. Centralia, MO 65240-1395 (573) 682-8725 www.hubbellpowersystems.com

L.C. Betz Associates, Jewelers Kathi Betz 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 303 Columbia, MO 65201-4441 (573) 449-1070 www.betzjewelers.com

i Kitchen & Bath

Riback DKB Jason Metcalf 2412 Business Loop 70 E. Columbia, MO 65201-5510 (573) 875-3131 jmetcalf@riback.com www.riback.com A distributor selling residential and commercial plumbing and HVAC supplies. With five showrooms that support the building trade and residential customers with kitchen and bath products, cabinetry, countertops, & appliances.

Schneider Electric Malcolm Bragg 4800 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-8421 • f: (573) 874-8282 malcolm.bragg @schneider-electric.com www.schneider-electric Schnieder Electric is leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

i Mortgage Loans First Midwest Bank Wesley Parks 1411 Grindstone Plaza Dr. Columbia, MO 65201-8596 (573) 815-7500 www.onemidwest.com


i Not-for-Profit Organizations Central Missouri Humane Society Julie Aber 616 Big Bear Blvd. Columbia, MO 65202-3739 (573) 443-PETS www.cmhspets.org

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Cornerstone National Insurance Co. Bill Wheeler 3100 Falling Leaf Ct., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65205-6040 (573) 817-2481 www.cornerstonenational.com

State Farm Insurance — Cheryl Kelly Cheryl Kelly 3215 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 443-3000 • f: (573) 442-5536 cheryl.kelly.ba1r@statefarm.com www.cherylkellyinsurance.com I can insure for your car, home, business, life and health. We offers excellent personal service to MidMissouri. We are here to help protect you against the unexpected loss.

i Manufacturers

i Jewelers & Antiques

i Insurance AAA Austin Hill 1205 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 117 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 445-8426 www.aaa.com

PTC Laboratories Incorporated Joseph Gorman 300 Portland St., Ste. 300 Columbia, MO 65201-6569 (573) 442-9948 www.ptclabs.com

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i Pawn Shop

Heart of Missouri CASA Kelly Hill 1316 Old Hwy. 63 S., Ste. 104 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 442-4670 kelly@homcasa.org www.homcasa.org We train and support exceptional volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in our community. To become a voice for a child in foster care, contact us!

Mobility Worldwide MO — Columbia Gary Moreau 1908 Heriford Rd. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 886-7877 gary@giftofmobility.org www.giftofmobility.org Mobility Worldwide builds 35 handcranked wood carts weekly with volunteers. We give opportunity for mobility to the leg handicapped around the world by giving a hand up. The Salvation Army Major Nancy Holloway 1108 W. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65203-2140 (573) 442-3229

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Services for Independent Living Rose Vomund 1401 Hathman Pl. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 874-1646 • f: (573) 874-3564 rvomund@silcolumbia.org www.silcolumbia.org Services for Independent Living (SIL) empowers people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans to maximize their independence. We envision a barrier-free community for all people regardless of age or disability.

Spectrum Health Care Nicki Nixon 1123 Wilkes Blvd., Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 875-8687 • f: (573) 875-8659 aenixon@spectrumhealthcare.org www.spectrumhealthcare.org Every aspect of your health is important. That’s why we provide a variety of health care and non-health care related services to all individuals in a spirit of inclusivity and education.

i Office Equipment & Furniture

Family Pawn Brian Mayse 7750 E. Hwy. AB Columbia, MO 65201-7403 (573) 441-0736 www.familypawn.com

i Payroll Services

Moresource, Inc. Kat Cunningham 401 Vandiver Dr. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 443-1234 • f: (573) 441-1225 prez@moresource-inc.com www.moresource-inc.com Providing optimized cloud-based business and employee solutions; fully integrated payroll/HRIS system, with job board postings, applicant tracking, onboarding and more. Also, bookkeeping, info tech and insurance agency for personal and professional coverages.

i Physicians & Surgeons Columbia Orthopaedic Group Gene Austin 1 S. Keene St. Columbia, MO 65201-7199 (573) 443-2402 www.columbiaorthogroup.com

Marathon Building Environments Frank Sovich 1715 Paris Rd. Columbia, MO 65201-5571 (573) 206-9954 www.marathonbe.com

i Party Rentals A-1 Party & Event Rental Darrick Farr 211 Peach Way Columbia, MO 65203-4905 (573) 474-7881 www.a1partyfun.com

Restoration Eye Care — Timothy D. McGarity, M.D., P.C. Tracy Thomas 1410 Forum Katy Pkwy., Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 441-7070 www.restorationeyecare.com With a personalized, understanding approach and innovative technology, Restoration Eye Care provides vision correction surgery, as well as the peace of mind and confidence that comes with improved, unaided eyesight to adults experiencing decreased vision. Women’s Health Associates Jennifer Roelands, M.D. 1601 E. Broadway, Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65201-5821 (573) 443-8796 www.wha-inc.com

i Plumbing

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service dba Marrone, LLC Allie Marrone 5904 Brown Station Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-2784 (573) 474-2370 rotorooterclmb@aol.com www.rotorooter.com Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing, water restoration and drain cleaning services in Columbia, MO. Homeowners and businesses depend on Roto-Rooter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Missouri Heart Center Allen Goree 1605 E. Broadway, Ste. 300 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 256-3010 • f: (573) 256-3071 alleng@moheartcenter.com www.moheartcenter.com Missouri Heart Center, providing comprehensive cardiovascular care in the heart of Missouri. Learn more by visiting us at www.moheartcenter.com

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i Pools — Services/Chemicals/ Accessories

Vaughan Pools & Spas Keith Martin 3930 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 443-8738 • f: (573) 443-8739 kmartin@vaughanpools.com www.vaughanpools.com Vaughan Pools & Spas has been building premium quality pools in Mid-Missouri since 1971. We are also the Watkins Wellness Dealer featuring Hot Spring Spas and Endless Pools swim spas.

i Printers & Typesetters Minuteman Press Derek Hueske 2511 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-4674 (573) 445-0227 www.columbia-mo.minutemanpress.com

i Radio Stations Bott Radio Network Sue Stoltz 700 S. Bishop Ave., Ste. A Rolla, MO 65401-4331 (573) 647-6285 www.bottradionetwork.com

i Real Estate — Commercial

i Real Estate — Property Management

Maher Commercial Real Estate Jack Maher 3610 Buttonwood Dr., Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65201-3721 (573) 228-6321 www.mahercre.com Maher Commercial Real Estate, family owned, personalized service. Offering investment services, 1031 Property Exchanges, commercial property sales, leasing and property management.

Plaza Commercial Realty Paul Land 2501 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-4672 (573) 445-1020 paulland@plazacommrecialrealty.com www.plazacommercialrealty.com Plaza is now celebrating over 30 years in business helping landlords, tennants, sellers and buyers achieve their commercial real estate goals! Starr Properties Justin Starr 3401 Broadway Business Park, Ste. 101 Columbia, MO 65203-0392 (573) 447-2414 www.starrproperties.com

i Real Estate — Developers & Investors Ashland Industrial Park Bill Harper 4011 Curt Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-5873 (573) 529-0594 www.ashlandindustrialpark.com

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Callahan & Galloway, Inc. Auben Galloway 415 Locust St., Ste. A Columbia, MO 65201-4162 (573) 442-0828 office@callahanandgalloway.com www.callahanandgalloway.com The Harold E. Johnson Companies, Inc. Larry W. Moore 2531 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203-4674 (573) 446-2856 www.bernadettesquare.com Hawthorne Management Company Cheryl LaHue 106 N. Garth Ave. Columbia, MO 65203-4103 (573) 442-3831 www.hawthornemanagement.net

i Real Estate — Residential House of Brokers Realty, Inc. Elizabeth Christian 1515 Chapel Hill Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-5457 (573) 446-6767 www.houseofbrokers.com RE/MAX Boone Realty — Lee Trisha Lee 33 E. Broadway, Ste. 200 Columbia, MO 65203-4207 (573) 876-2897 www.talktotrisha.com

Boone-Central Title Company Karen R. Brown 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 102 Columbia, MO 65201-4469 (573) 442-0139 karen@boone-central.com www.boone-central.com Our complete state-of-the-art geographic index of Boone County allows us to provide title insurance and searches, closing and escrow services, 1031 Exchanges, property profiles, and construction disbursements in a fast and efficient manner.

Monarch Title Company Chuck Bowman 111 E. Broadway, Ste. 100 Columbia, MO 65203-4208 (573) 441-0725 chuck@monarchtitle.com www.monarchtitle.com Monarch Title Company offers closing services and title insurance anywhere in Missouri.

i Remodeling/Repairs TrueSon Exteriors Barry Rowe 29090 E. Falling Leaf Ln., Ste. J Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 268-1055 www.truesonexteriors.com

i Restaurants Barred Owl Butcher & Table Ben Parks 47 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 442-9323 barredowlbutcher@gmail.com www.barredowlbutcher.com

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Columbia Mall Rusty Strodtman 2300 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-8459 • f: (573) 445-3219 russell.strodtman@ggp.com www.visitcolumbiamall.com

Tom Bass Properties Tom Bass 909 Westover St. Columbia, MO 65203-2360 (573) 874-1200

A&B Management, Inc. Rob Cooper 813 E. Walnut St., Ste. C Columbia, MO 65201-5106 (573) 443-2081 rob@rentcolumbiamissouri.com www.rentcolumbiamissouri.com A&B Management, Inc. has been providing professional property management services to investors since 1977. We offer a wide range of both residential & commercial properties for lease in Columbia, Missouri.

i Real Estate — Title Companies

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Cheerleader Pub and Grill, Inc. Raman Puri 1400 Cinnamon Hill Ln. Columbia, MO 65201-7252 (573) 442-6066 www.cheerleaderpubandgrill.com

i Senior Citizen Services

CoMo Smoke and Fire Patrick Hawkins 4600 Paris Rd., Ste. 102 Columbia, MO 65202-0060 (573) 443-3473 www.comosmokeandfire.com Grand Cru Steaks & Seafood Tyler Nicosia 2600 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203-3559 (573) 443-2600 www.grandcrurestaurantcomo.com Enjoy awesome steaks, fresh seafood & delicious salads along with a wide selection of wines, beers & spirits at Grand Cru where you get more than you imagined for less than you expected. And visit the Nostalgia Shop Cigar Retail & Lounge next door.

The Terrace Retirement Community Ginny Edgar 1408 Business 70 W. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 875-2538 • f: (573) 874-0814 gedgar@terraceretirement.com www.terraceretirement.com The Terrace provides independent apartment living for seniors to enhance their lifestyles. Services are delicious meals, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, 24-hour on-site staff, utilities, storage and lots of activities.

i Services — General Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge Billy Giordano 38 N. 8th St. Columbia, MO 65201-4840 (573) 449-3838 www.room-38.com Modern global cuisine in a sophisticated contemporary atmosphere. Full catering services available.

i Roofing TrueSon Exteriors Barry Rowe 29090 E. Falling Leaf Ln., Ste. J Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 268-1055 www.truesonexteriors.com

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i Speech Therapy Therapy Unlimited Laura Powell 4603 John Garry Dr., Ste. 10 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 777-8783 www.therapyu.org Our mission is to provide patient & family-centered therapy services by providing excellent diagnostic & therapeutic treatment. We provide speech, occupational, swallowing, feeding & language therapy.

i Sporting Goods Red Weir Mike Weir 2101 W. Broadway St. Columbia, MO 65203-7632 (573) 445-4931 www.redweir.com

i Telecommunications Bluebird Network, LLC Chris Bach 2005 W. Broadway, Bldg. A, Ste. 215 Columbia, MO 65203-1298 (573) 777-4200 www.bluebirdnetwork.com

i Transportation Apollo Porta Potties & Pumping Services Don Feger 23922 Audrain County Rd. 416 Mexico, MO 65265 (573) 581-6306 www.apolloportapotties.com Fifty-two years of service.

i Signs Columbia Sign Service Kem Craghead 3016 David Dr. Columbia, MO 65202-2685 (573) 474-8700 www.columbiasignservice.com

GO COMO — Columbia’s Public Transit Drew Brooks Wabash Station 126 N. 10th St. Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-2489 transit@como.gov https://www.gocomotransit.com

i Water & Fire Damage

Servpro of Columbia Debbie Branstetter 1320 N. Hwy. 65 Marshall, MO 65340-9147 (573) 449-1999 www.servprocolumbia.com Serving homes & businesses in the area for 24 years, Servpro of Columbia specializes in fire & water restoration, mold remediation, carpet & air duct cleaning. 24-hour emergency service, trained professionals, and work with ALL insurance companies.

i Water Treatment & Filtration

Culligan Water Conditioning of Columbia John Mullette 1801 Commerce Ct. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 874-6147 • f: (573) 442-1708 jlmullett@culliganmidmo.com www.culliganmidmissouri.com We are a locally owned and operated full-service water treatment service company that offers commercial, industrial and residential water treatment and delivery of bottled water and salt. We service all brands.

i Tutoring Focus On Learning Center, Inc. Ene-Kaja Chippendale, Ph.D. 200 Corporate Lake Dr. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 875-5187 folci@focusonlearningcenter.com www.focusonlearningcenter.com

i Utilities Alliance Water Resources, Inc. Terry Merritt 206 S. Keene St. Columbia, MO 65201-6622 (573) 874-8080 www.alliancewater.com

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ADVERTISER INDEX Heart of Missouri CASA ..........................................................................33

Andrew Stone Optometry.....................................................................60

InfiniTech .................................................................................................22

Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel ...................................................................7

Cheryl Kelly — State Farm Insurance ...................................................29

Beard-Boehmer & Associates, P.C. ......................................................24

La Crosse Lumber Co. ...........................................................................18

Boone County Family Resources ..........................................................55

Missouri Heart Center.............................................................................57

Boone County Fire Protection District ..................................................11

Mobility Worldwide MO - Columbia ....................................................10

Boone County Lumber Company .......................................................15

Monarch Title Company .........................................................................7

Boone Electric Cooperative .................................................................10

Moresource Inc. .....................................................................................17

Boone-Central Title Company ..............................................................39

MU Health Care......................................................................................72

Buttonwood Business Center ................................................................24

Phyllis Nichols — State Farm Insurance ................................................29

Central Methodist University .................................................................51

Parkade Baptist Church ........................................................................18

Central Missouri Auto Body ...................................................................20

Plaza Commercial Realty .....................................................................19

Christian Chapel Academy ..................................................................52

Quaker Oats ...........................................................................................25

Christian Fellowship School ...................................................................53

Randy Adams Construction/Remodel, LLC ..........................................9

City of Columbia, Missouri ............................................... Center Spread

Riback DKB ................................................................................................4

Columbia College ................................................................................49

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service ................................................41

Columbia Independent School ...........................................................47

Rusk Rehabilitation Center ....................................................................55

Columbia Mall ........................................................................................31

Sam’s Club ..............................................................................................21

Columbia Public Schools.......................................................................45

Schneider Electric ..................................................................................19

Columbia Regional Airport ...................................................................13

Services for Independent Living ...........................................................58

Columbia Welcome ..............................................................................42

Spectrum Health Care ..........................................................................61

COMO — Columbia, MO ......................................................................27

Star Heating & Air Conditioning Co. / The Fireplace Shop ...............43

Culligan Mid Missouri ...............................................................................2

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center ...........................................3

Easterseals Midwest .................................................................................7

Summer One / Image Technologies....................................................22

EcoWater Systems ..................................................................................13

TCS ...........................................................................................................14

Fisher Auto Service .................................................................................23

Tigers Community Credit Union ...........................................................21

The Global Leadership Summit .............................................................62

University Subaru ....................................................................................40

Hanson & Company CPA’s P.C. ............................................................4

Vaughan Pools & Spas ..........................................................................31

Harrison Agency, Inc. ............................................................................14

Walmart .....................................................................................................5

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A&B Management Inc. .........................................................................40

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IT’S WHEN THEY HEARD YES, THEIR DOCTOR DOESN’T JUST PRACTICE AN ALL-NEW FORM OF MEDICINE. HE INVENTED IT. In a moment, YES changes everything. Like when a couple is told they’re in the hands of the world’s very first onco-cardiologist. That’s the difference of an academic health center. A difference made by our own Dr. Edward Yeh, whose research is helping to negate the harmful effects of cancer treatment on the heart. Evidence that YES, at MU Health even doctors come in rare forms.


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