1 Million Cups


Join us for 1 Million Cups Columbia
every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the offices of Regional Economic Development, Inc.

500 E. Walnut, Suite 102, Columbia, MO 65201 Get Directions

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Logboat is a production microbrewery in the heart of Northeast Downtown Columbia. Logboat is dedicated to the art and craft of brewing great beer. We create beers that we like to drink, and hope others do too. We celebrate life at every opportunity, and take great pride in educating our guests about Logboat and our beers. Logboat strives to give back to our community by creating great jobs, being active with local charities and organizations which align with our values, and by throwing excellent parties.

Meet the Organizers

Collin Bunch @Collin_Bunch

Collin is a Business Counselor specializing in start-ups, high-growth companies, and international markets. He is also part of the Economic Gardening team for the state of Missouri and has several ventures of his own.

Jackie Wiehe

Janette Hanna smartbird@janette_hanna

A clothing designer focused on sustainable, versatile clothing made in the USA. She is an avid supporter of start up businesses and thrives connecting people to resources in their community.
Smart Bird Clothing

JC Holmes @FinancialCRMs

JC is a "Financial Systems Specialist" by title and a professional networker by trade. He currently runs Financial CRMs where he and his team build custom CRM and automation systems for financial advisors, wealth managers, and investment professionals.
Financial CRMs

Keith Politte @mojokp

Keith comes to 1MC with a range of activities supporting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, including producing several Economic Gardening events and building the iTunesU channel “Entrepreneurship Matters." His current activity includes his own startup, "EssentialSpots."

Nina Fazio

Whether by design or serendipity, 40+ years of corporate experience across multiple disciplines in high-tech industries made for an ideal post-retirement segue directly onto the coordinating team for 1 Million Cups-Columbia. 

Pack Matthews @soulseat

Biking Columbia's wonderful trails, jamming with local musicians and enjoying the arts and start-up culture of Columbia are among Pack's favorite activities when not engaged with his start-up.

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Past Presenters

Pizza Tree


Hi y'all! We sell pizza by the slice, pizza art, and other delights! We use great ingredients to make even greater pizza.

Air Filter On Demand


Air Filter On Demand is a HVAC filter subscription company that offers the best quality air filters on the market. People forget to change their air filters every month and that can severely damage their HVAC system, cause air flow problems, and raise electrical bills. With our subscription you will receive an Air Filter every month, which will double the life expectancy of your HVAC system, give you the best air flow, reduce allergies in your home and save tons of money in electricity costs.

Chews Your Health


Wellness vendor: Works to build healthy work force and affordable work force, utilizing local resources. Programs are developed individually for the employer, AND the employee. Health fair, not limited to biometric screening, one-on-one health coaches, incentive programs, HRA, aggregate reporting. What makes us different? We allow personal accountability, utilize local resources to decrease costs for individuals, give back to our communities for local sustainability, convenience, and affordability.

Regional Economic Development, Inc. REDI


As the new President of REDI, Stacey Button is starting her tenure at REDI with a “listening tour,” visiting with community stakeholders and gathering information and feedback as she formulates her plans for leading REDI.

Eon Home Services


Home maintenance and handyman work to seniors within Columbia.

A Major Music LLC


currently we offer music lessons in the columbia area for all ages, all instruments and all styles. I Just ran a test expansion into St louis and have a plan for expanding into hundreds of other cities at a very low overhead and low time involvement.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture


The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) is a non-profit educational organization that works to build the local and urban food system in Columbia, MO and beyond. We use hands-on educational programs to work with a range of people. From one-on-one mentoring at people's home garden, to edible landscaping in subdivisions, to k-12 field trips at the 1.3 acre Urban Farm, CCUA is meeting people where they're at to help them climb the learning curve and engage in local food production.

SocialEyes - LifeLive LLC.


The goal of SocialEyes is to allow people to see how busy different places of their interest are in real-time, based on foot-traffic and crowd density. Currently, The SocialEyes App allows people in Columbia to see live images of how busy restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, and college related buildings are. SocialEyes Cameras run two original software to create a private and secure image streaming process like no other. The SocialEyes App serves as a profitable, proof of concept for the team's bigger goals.

A Major Music LLC


currently we offer music lessons in the columbia area for all ages, all instruments and all styles. I Just ran a test expansion into St louis and have a plan for expanding into hundreds of other cities at a very low overhead and low time involvement.

EnCircle Technologies


Train adults with autism for jobs in the technology sector.

Design, develop and find manufacturing/distribution/retail sales and web based sales resources for our "Compact High Capacity Shelving & Organizational Solutions."

Security solution for your laptop.

Monocle is a unique application that gives you one location for all your business planning and financial information to interact. From cash-flow projections to production reports, Monocle compiles and calculates the output, creating a professional overview of your business. This can help determine the level of funding necessary and prove to the lender that your idea is legitimate.

Smart Bird Clothing Co.


Offering organic and sustainable clothing that is casual but versatile enough for any situation. The clothing is made in America with low impact dyes and printed with water based ink.

Biology Rocks


Biology Rocks offers teacher support for a new high school Biology curriculum built from the ground up based on one goal: use as many inquiry-based active learning lessons as possible in a single course calendar.

The BioThane Super Belt


The Last Belt You’ll Ever Buy. The Only Belt You Need. Lifetime Warranty. BioThane is a polyester webbing with a TPU coating which makes it crazy strong (4,500 pounds tensile strength), waterproof, and easy to clean. This makes BioThane the perfect material to make a nearly indestructible belt. A true leather belt killer.

Make It Easy Autos


Make It Easy Autos is a performance-based website wherein dealers pay for sales, not leads. With our cost-per-sale model, the dealer only pays if a sale occurs. The alignment of incentives in this model motivates us to deliver the highest quality leads possible – consumers who are ready to buy. This approach puts all the risk on us but, it also gives us the opportunity to sign up every dealer in America. Signing up every dealer gives us a marketing platform that will be unrivaled by our competition.

Wak-uh Bags


Wak-uh Bags are a resuable, washable bag for produce to replace the thin, flimsy and landfilling bags grocery stores provide in the produce section. The bags also include a series called Farm-to-Home bags meant for easy shopping at farmer's markets, but with applications for large city grocery shopping or even organ produce delivery service purposes.

Mizzou execMBA Program


The Trulaske College of Business founded an innovative executive MBA program that delivers coursework 75% online and 25% on-campus. The program is self-funded and has functioned as a sort of start-up for the past two years. We have seen huge growth and expect it to continue.



E-mail marketing, online press releases and social media assistance.

#BOOM, scheduled for February 27, 2015, is REDI's annual one-day entrepreneurial summit, designed to grow and strengthen the Mid-Missouri's startup scene. This presentation by members of the planning committee will actively solicit ideas and insights from 1MC attendees to ensure #BOOM 2015 event is a rousing success.

Made For Freedom


When it comes to fashion, we enjoy our creative style - and when we encounter injustice, we desire action. Made for Freedom is part of a global movement passionately seeking a world without human trafficking. Our socially conscious customers participate in providing justice for oppressed groups of people. Made for Freedom showcases individual style through unique apparel that funds the fight against trafficking and restoration of survivors.

InfiniTech Consulting LLC


InfiniTech Consulting delivers a wide array of technology solutions and business applications designed to help our clients meet the demands of today’s competitive marketplace and achieve a higher level of success. Our portfolio of service offerings couples best of breed software, hardware, and cloud-based services allowing us to deliver exception results for our clients. We service and support small and mid-market organizations in the Midwest, headquarted from our office in Columbia, MO.



Newsy advances your understanding of a news story. By highlighting unique perspectives from across the media spectrum, Newsy provides what you need to know about the day's events.

Ideal Creations


Ideal Creations is a foundation to begin purposeful creative projects.

The Delivery Guy


The Delivery Guy offers food delivery from every restaurant located in Columbia, Missouri. From McDonalds, Chipotle, Coley's, Murrays, Andy's Frozen Custard, etc. We operate around the clock and offer a unique delivery service with no closing hours, no minimum delivery amount, as well as the option to chose from every restaurant in the area.

Alice Anna Reese


Author of children's books, both to educate and inform. My first book is Show Me Famous Missourians, which can be used to help with state requirements for Missouri state history.

Eyes On Freight, LLC


Eyes On Freight is like the "Match.com" of the logistics and supply chain industry. We match niche market services/ products to those who need those services/ products.

Back 2 Basics Cooking, LLC


I offer private cooking classes for both children and adults, as well as one-on-one classes. I also have two seminars, one for people who wish to transition away from the Standard American Diet, and one that offers helpful suggestions for getting children to eat more healthy whole foods.

Health By Design


Healthy By Design is committed to developing products that help you return from a day of work feeling healthier than when you left.

The Spark Cards


We are on a mission to create real human interactions through meaningful conversations that is prompted by a 21st century conversation challenge: The Spark Cards.

Regional Economic Development, Inc


Organized in 1988 to promote positive economic expansion in Columbia and Boone County, REDI is a nonprofit, public/private partnership that works to provide increased economic opportunities for the area while maintaining a high quality of life.

Remarkable180 is a life-coaching business that empowers individuals to become solution seekers in their life by equipping them with the life tools, programs and workshops necessary to do so. Remarkable180 is working on establishing a network that will both support and push clients to achieve their goals even after program completion. On a larger scale, Remarkable180 wants to couple personal change with "bringing back good" by supporting and encouraging others to do good in their local communities.

All In Startup


Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education.

Harold's Doughnuts


Harold's Doughnuts is a craft doughnut shop serving classics like traditional glazed to new creations like chocolate chipotle. We're developing a storefront in downtown Columbia located at 114 S. 9th St. Love your craft!



Home decor with a design with a floral flair, baskets, forms are decorated to enhance the surroundings of a home or for an event with table settings.

Influence and Co.


Influence and Co. helps individuals and brands communicate credibility and influence online by getting them published in reputable publications that reach their target audience.

We bust stale thought processes by facilitating user-generated conversations and workshops designed to help bridge the gap between motivation and the ability to execute on ideas. We work directly with individuals, schools, communities, and enterprises to identify existing connections they can leverage for future outcomes. Our proprietary tools prepare people to become more anticipatory so they can co-author the future.

Culinary Connection Kitchen Rental


Commercial kitchen rental, approved by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Environmental Health, available for rent by the hour. Designed for culinary startups of all types and small, private cooking events.

SafeDefend, LLC


SafeDefend provides a comprehensive emergency response system that includes training, tools and law enforcement notification. Our system was designed by a school administrator in collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies. We address the two critical areas missing in most safety plans; reducing law enforcement response time and providing staff protection options until help arrives.

Panda Laundry Factory


Panda Laundry is the world's first systems-based, fully automated, assembly production wash-and-fold service. Panda utilizes technology to vastly improve the traditional wash-and-fold process.

Caroline Leemis Design LLC


Caroline Leemis Design is excited to offer unique and specialized interior design services to the Mid-Missouri community. With a Bachelors of Interior Design from the University of Arkansas, Caroline brings experience from both small and large architectural firms, as well as expertise in the sustainable design and healthcare design fields. CLD's mission is to create powerful interior environments that inspire, comfort, and excite.

Code Camp Columba


At Code Camp Columbia we actively cultivate an interest in the technology field amongst our youth and young adults. We believe that anyone is capable of creating awesome projects; everyone has the ability to teach themselves; and no-one need be left out of the fun.

Missouri Golf Network, Missouri.com


Innovatd.com plans|funds|markets|manages new startups like Missouri Golf Network Missouri.com Pebblecm.com mogolfpost.com clariusinteractive.com

Beer Paws


Beer Paws makes your dog a better drinking buddy through innovative products like bottle opener collar tags and handcrafted collars studded with beer caps. We also partner with brewers to make spent grain beer biscuits for dogs and are the only Midwest company that brews beer for dogs. Instead of alcohol, which is bad for canines, our doggy beer contains K9 glucosamine. A portion of all profits is donated to animal rescue organizations.

JDon Product Design LLC


Inventor of the Expandable Fire Block



Whobaloo is a cloud-based graphic design platform. We make it easy for everyone to create great designs for printed and digital mediums.

Bella Minds


Bella Minds seeks to bridge the divide between urban tech centers and the educated women of rural America who seek to more fully participate in the modern workforce.

SmartMix Inc.


A new trail mix company that allows you to choose exactly what you want and keep out what you don't.

Heartfelt LLC


Heartfelt LLC was born when the Heartfelt partners acquired a FeltLoom in 2010. Heartfelt is truly an American business. The FeltLoom was invented by an alpaca breeder from Kentucky. The alpaca fiber is produced in mid-Missouri. The mill that processes the fiber into batting is in Michigan. And the final products are produced by the Heartfelt partners themselves in Columbia, MO.

The Evoke Group


We are a digital media production agency based on Columbia, MO specializing in Video Production and Web Development services. We work with a range of companies to develop a better presence online, increase their lead generation, and emphasis what makes them unique in their market. We are a huge fan of leveraging video to explain your business which also decreases your bounce rate and increases site visit duration time. We are young entrepreneurs but have a lot of experience despite our age.



Building entrepreneur ecosystems in rural and suburban regions by empowering the community along with the political and institutional leaders to work together. EvisThrive uses a servant-leader approach, proven entrepreneur collaboration methodology, and web-based collaboration model to quickly foster the creation and growth of businesses and to change the community culture to support these businesses. (EvisThrive was built after the StartKC program that was built organically in Kansas City since 2009.)

Financial PPC was born from a small network of marketing and financial professionals to solve critical problems with how we manage data and communicate with clients. Each person, alliance, and organization that works with us follows a similar mantra of ethics, performance, and accountability, which we believe are underrepresented in both marketing and finance. We view our clients as our partners and we take those relationships very seriously.

Missouri Heartland Harvest


Missouri Heartland Harvest is a farm-to-door delivery service providing the Columbia, MO area with locally, organically or sustainably grown produce and other farm edibles via an e-commerce website.

Skin Solutions Spa


Trista Hockman-Johnson and Jenny McLaury have over ten years of medical aesthetics experience. They are driven by the love of their careers, but more importantly, they respect their clients and families. Our estheticians are ready to change the face of Mid-Missouri spas.

We educate individuals, certify abilities and assist facilities in proving their indoor environmental health through the taking of course education and verification of improvements.

The Healthy Gamer


The Healthy Gamer teaches nutrition, fitness, and self-development concepts to gamers in a manner that they can understand and relate to.

Mae-Niac Entertainment


Mae-Niac Entertainment is a local record label, professional recording studio, and event promotions company. With 2 nationally acclaimed recording artists, a thriving sound engineering business, and several successful concerts and events, Mae-Niac Entertainment has the determination and talent to succeed as a respected business.



7Methods is a sales and customer service consultancy that helps businesses perfect the language of success. 7Methods helps business owners and their employees use the right language to close more sales, retain more customers and create larger lifetime customer values. Using call recordings, language evaluations, script development, training and reinforcement, 7Methods helps businesses find their strengths and turn them into competitive advantages.



A free, no risk college classifieds service made only available to students with valid email addresses from the college or University at which they are attending.

Kitty Arm - In the process of a name change


Kitty Arm started as a "toy" that my cat and I would play with. After further thought, the idea of making this product a 2 in 1, transporter/toy, would solve the problem of your pets reluctance to enter a traditional pet carrier. The ability to do so is by creating a fun, unique relationship between your pet and this carrier.



SportsFormulator develops predictive models and other analytical intellectual property for sports. We provide information and commentary to help sports consumers make better decisions in sports gaming and contests.

Jenny McGee Fine Art


Jenny McGee's mission is to help people articulate and express their love to another person through her artwork. McGee's unique process offers her patrons a way to preserve, celebrate and remember their unique relationship and legacy.



Knoda organizes the world's predictions to create a fun game for predictors and valuable information for content producers.

Show Me Safety Consulting, LLC


We bring safety needs to you. We offer OSHA compliance training; Certified First Aid, CPR and AED training according to the American Heart Association; Construction Safety training; safety consulting according to the Federal and State Department of Transportation regulations; and more. We can also conduct safety audits to make sure that your company is as safe as possible. We are the premier safety consulting firm in mid-Missouri.



MixtapeMonkey.com - Download/Stream Free Mixtapes and Music Videos from your favorite Hip-Hop/R&B artists. The easiest way to Download Free Mixtapes!

I am developing my personal brand as a rapper, motivational speaker, and music writer. My mission is to educate as I learn and grow and inspire people today and for generations to come! Overall I live by these words "In the beginning if others don't see your vision, it doesn't matter as long as you do!"- NicDanger

Treehouse Treasures


Treehouse Treasures is an online boutique offering eco-friendly baby and children's items at www.treehousetreasures.net.

RE-Axe Products LLC


American Made products for musicians by musicians

The What If...? LLC


We're a startup that uses active curiosity to spur communities into action. We are working to create multiple platfor(u)ms to ask, change, and share the questions that will change our world.

Wheelchair Personalities


Wheelchair Personalities™ is committed to reducing the stigma associated with wheelchairs by enhancing their appearance, enabling the users to express their personality and allowing healthcare institutions and other organizations to extend their corporate messaging while complimenting the esthetics within their facilities.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture


CCUA works to build and develop the local and urban food systems to enhance all its associated health, economic, environmental and social benefits.

Personal Financial Assistants

Personalfinancialassistants.org (in progress)

Providing daily money manage help to seniors.

Central States Plastic


CSP is a plastics manufacture that solves real-world issues through rapid prototyping in conjunction with heavy user feedback.



PAOS is the newest, funnest and craziest way to wash your hands. Born as a school project while at Mizzou and successfully converted into a startup that is ready to disrupt the soap industry. PAOS was the 3rd place winner of the Boom Bounce Pitch competition in March. PAOS is rethinking the way people wash their hands and use soap!

Clarius is an interactive design and marketing agency that exists to help businesses tell their story through a clear, focused approach.

Imagine Labs


Imagine Labs is dedicated to unconventional solutions to energy problems. Rather than inventing new methods of creating electricity that require huge capital, hard installation, or get in the way of everyday life, we find solutions to make what already exists more efficient. Our current product is called CuPL. A thermoelectric couple generator to make Coal Industrial Plants more efficient.

EigenLabs L.L.C.


Bitcoin: Mining, Trading, Arbitrage, and Security

Spot Light Stars


Spot Light Stars is a theatrical arts organization with the goal of improving the community as well as children's lives through performing arts.

Allied Integrated Maintenance Service


Providing Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing building maintenance services throughout Mid-Missouri.

#BOOM The Innovation REDI Project


Entrepreneur events and education consortium

Evans and Evans, LLC d.b.a. Evans and Evans Pilot Escort Vehicles

Pilot Escort Cars are the vehicles that ride in front of or behind over sized, overweight and/or wide load trucks. We will escort loads from designated place of pickup to the delivery point keeping the load and surrounding traffic safe by keeping aware of our surroundings and keeping in verbal contact with the truck driver and other escort vehicles and slowing or stopping traffic as needed.



Hackton is a bohemian community of coders, designers, engineers, makers and hackers in Columbia, Missouri.

Kline Technologies


Kline Technologies offers a way for easy tracking of pallets and cost- effectively managing commodities. We will use mobile device applications, computer software, and LED tracking technology to create a low cost warehousing system. Our warehousing system is easy to use, offers instantaneous inventory updates, is paper-less, offers automatic calculators for forklift drivers, and is compatible with both RFID and barcodes (as well as our LED tracking device).

BeWell Health, LLC ~ Nasopure


Nasopure offers the best nasal washing system on the market, our nicer neti is simple, soothing and safe - children as young as 2 use Nasopure comfortably. Nasopure - BeWell Health's commitment to "green" is reflected in BPA free plastic; manufactured and assembled by disabled adults in MO; all components recyclable.

Madinger Industries


The Gauntlet Initiative, being released under Madinger Industries, is an open source platform to meet the need of affordable mechanical prosthetic hands. Starting as an individual project to help a 5 year old from Jeff City, Alex Madinger saw that existing open source prosthetic hand designs were limited in their scope. He decided to design his own that met the needs of gripping power, extended reach, and amplifying the little motion that some may have.

5Gen Salsa, LLC


5Gen Salsa LLC, was founded by Kim Lanes in April 2011. She took a homemade ketchup and chili sauce recipe that has been passed down in her family for 5Generations and is now selling as salsa. She recently added a new Bloody Mary Mix product.

Development of an app and attachments to detect and reduce heat stress in animals

adFreeq, LLC


adFreeq is the disruptive classifieds platform that online publishers and blogs use to grab traffic and revenue that’s unclaimed or has been going to outdated competitors. It's a revolutionary classified ad platform designed to recapture revenue and create new traffic for any online publisher’s web site or blog. An adFreeq adPortal is an “app” that is added to any web page in less then 30 minutes. Buyers get instant and secure access to 100k+ ads while shopping with a trusted local brand.

Baka Specialties


Combination of two ecommerce stores and a new engineering service for small-scale manufacturing. The first store is EasyDigging.com and it sources and sells unique garden tools. The second ecommerce store is BestDryingRack.com and it manufactures and sells home laundry equipment. The new engineering service for small-scale manufacturing will help entrepreneurs evaluate their new product designs and have them produced with minimal expense.

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