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Two cooks awarded CoMo Cooks scholarships!

The Loop Community Improvement District is proud to announce the latest recipients of their CoMo Cooks Minority Scholarships, Anitial’A Ware of His Alkaline Angel and Jayco Jones of Big Nose BBQ. We had a wonderful group of cooks apply so it was not an easy decision.  Anitial’A Ware has long cooked for both her friends […]
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New! $17 Processing for Growers.

Our goal at The Packing House is to make it easy for growers to process excess crops without all the excess paperwork so we've worked out a sweet deal with the health department. We've created a streamlined, low-cost option for seasonal processing. No business license, no deposit, and no long-term commitment. Growers can start freezing, […]
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CoMo Cooks Minority Business Owner Scholarships

Do you have a great cookie recipe? Skill with catering events? A plan to open a food truck? If you're dreaming about opening your own food-based business, take a look at our Minority Business Owner Scholarship Program. Thanks to the support of the City of Columbia, we are able to offer two scholarships of $2500 […]
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Maker Workshop: Facebook Ads

Social media is the backbone for a lot of small businesses and makers but it's important to move beyond posts to paid advertising--but how to start?  Come learn more about Facebook advertising from MJ Swetnam, Social Specialist and Jennifer Burleson, Associate Account Director at Coegi, a digital marketing group right here on The Loop. Here are just a […]
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Warehouse Spaces Available

Two warehouse spaces have recently become available on Grand Ave, just off the Business Loop, and they'd be perfect for a small maker or manufacturer.  The first is a space currently occupied by Dwayne Browning LLC at 1313 Grand Ave. He has extra space he'd like to split off and share with another like business. He's […]
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Training Videos now Available

Every business owner can use a little help from time to time, whether you're a start-up or an established business looking for ways to up your game. Perhaps you're new to a professional kitchen and have questions about using or cleaning specialized equipment. Watch our quick demonstration videos for help. Or maybe you need some […]
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Learn how to write a HACCP Plan

Are you interested in creating value-added products but are unclear where to start? Are you required to write a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan to get permitted? We can help! Joe Bullinger from Missouri Enterprise recently gave a workshop on HACCP Plans designed specifically for cooks, growers, and other food producers interested preserving food for sale […]
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Maker Workshop: HACCP Plans

Are you interested in creating value-added products but are unclear where to start? Are you required to write a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan to get permitted? We can help! Join us for an informative HACCP Workshop designed specifically for cooks, growers, and other food producers interested preserving food for sale to the public. HACCP plans […]
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Loop Maker Market

Columbia's Makers Row is once again celebrating 60 local makers. Every Spring and Fall, we gather the best makers, artisans, cooks, and crafter at our bi-annual Maker Market and give CoMo a chance to discover handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. Our next Maker Market is Sunday, November 5 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Parkade Plaza. Join us […]
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Demonstration Videos

New to a professional kitchen and a little leery of all the equipment? No problem because we've got you covered! We're now creating demonstration videos for our equipment and posting them on YouTube. Now, along with the step-by-step instructions we have posted by our kitchen equipment, you'll have a great visual to use for training. […]
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