Cliff Holekamp

St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill

Local Harvest Grocery
(Courtesy: Maddie Earnest)

About two weeks ago, Local Harvest Grocery, Café & Catering launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign that co-owner Maddie Earnest says was necessary to restock the grocery store and pay off debts acquired as a result of a failed expansion in Kirkwood.  The community responded and fully funded the campaign in six days.

We talked with Maddie Earnest about the overwhelming response and how she plans to move forward after the failed expansion.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:33 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Why Are More Entrepreneurs Calling St. Louis Home?

Haley O'Brien at the Magic Chef complex on The Hill, where she hopes to create a hydroponic farm.
(Courtesy Washington University in St. Louis)

St. Louis is beginning to build a name for itself as a center for entrepreneurship. Last year, funding for tech startups in the region almost doubled, bringing in nearly $30 million in investments. The T-Rex campus downtown - founded two years ago explicitly to foster entrepreneurship in St. Louis - is currently home to more than 70 startups.

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