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Cohort 3 of the efactory’s accelerator wraps up week one


Week One: Done Cohort 3 survived week one! The four companies got settled into their space, pitched to community members on day one, and dug into their business plans with help from the Small Business & Technology Development Center. We’ve recapped week one below and shared the teams’ greatest needs. Keep up with the cohort on

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Edible Arrangements delivers joy (and chocolate) to Springfield


We’re showcasing local small businesses all week long in honor of Springfield Small Business Week 2018. Read on to hear from Jeni Huelskamp, who has owned and operated Springfield’s Edible Arrangements for over a decade. Edible Arrangements Tell us about Edible Arrangements, for those who haven’t been lucky enough to receive a package from you all:

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Springfield Small Business Week Profile: Self Interactive


We’re shining a light on efactory member and Springfield small business Self Interactive as part of Springfield Small Business Week 2018. Read on to hear founder Charlie Rosenbury’s take on leveraging local resources, building a solid team, and the best part of owning a small business in Springfield, MO. Tell us a little about Self

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Springfield, MO’s Manly Cans creates gifts for the men in your life


Meet the Manly Can Manly Cans is a family-based business specializing in the gifting world. While running another gifting business for eight years in Springfield, MO Jeni Huelskamp consistently heard customers say that they wished there were more gifting options for the men in their lives. So, she got to thinking. Thinking led to excitement,

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Meet Springfield’s Top 5 SBA Lenders


Getting from A to B Today’s small business owners often find themselves in a Catch-22. You need capital to increase production, open a storefront, or invest in equipment and employees to help your business grow. Those are worthy investments. However, you may not have enough cash on hand to do those things outright. And without

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5 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a #SmallBiz Owner in Springfield, MO


We’ve rounded up five (of the many) reasons why it’s great to be a small business owner in Springfield, MO in honor of Springfield Small Business Week. 1. There are a ton of awesome resources The Springfield community is jam-packed with resources and programs that are focused on helping businesses succeed. Whether it’s one-on-one consulting

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The efactory names four companies to accelerator cohort #3


Cohort 3 is here The efactory is excited to welcome four Springfield startups to Cohort 3 of the accelerator program. We put a strong slate of applicants through the wringer and emerged with four local groups that are ready to disrupt industries and make their mark. The four companies below will take part in a

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The eFactory is celebrating five years


Remember When? In March of 2013 Missouri State University set out to grow the IDEA Commons district and create a front door for entrepreneurship in southwest Missouri. Flash forward five years and here we are! A fully occupied business incubator, a bustling coworking space, robust trainings and business consulting, and some truly amazing impacts. The

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We’re looking for a student worker!


Join the eFam We’re looking for an awesome student worker to help with day-to-day operations at The eFactory. You’ll help with trainings, events, client services and more in an award-winning business incubator located in the heart of downtown Springfield. We’re most likely to swipe right on someone who: is available 10-20 hours a week can

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