Stories

This program is targeted to help any person who aspires to create or expand a business in one of six Northwest Missouri counties: Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway or Worth.

The NWMEF board provides an Enterprise Facilitator who gives intensive, one-on-one assistance to the entrepreneur, educating him or her in the “Trinity of Management”, a concept that teaches each entrepreneur how to put a successful business and a business team into place. The Facilitator tests the personal motivation and skill of the client and develops the client's capacity to assess his/her own management strengths and weaknesses.

Besides using the intelligence and resources of the community-wide Board, the Facilitator also links clients to programs and resources offered by economic development organizations and professionals. The service is free and confidential to any local individual with an idea for starting or expanding a business.

 


Smitten Pet Sittin- Amy Mathias has had a love for dogs, cats and all sorts of pets all of her life. In 1994 she began training dogs and in 2005 opened Smitten Pet Sitten after looking for a way to keep her aging Greyhound at home. Sending her to a kennel seemed to be causing more health and behavioral problems, so Amy looked for a sitter that would come to her home. This helped her realize that this type of service could help others as well, and that is how Smitten Pet Sitten was born.  In home care and training is offered along with many other pet services.Smitten Pet Sittin is located in Maryville, Missouri. For more information call 660-528-0764 or www.smittenpetsittin.com.

 

 

 


The Walnut Shop-The Walnut Shop began business in 1972, in northwest Missouri, in the heart of black walnut country. Walnut has been the material of choice of fine craftsmen for centuries.  Walnut produces a product which communicates quality, value and unique singularity.  the rich texture and unique grain patterns of walnut assure that no two products are exactly the same. We will make every effort to provide you with extremely high quality products, when you want them, and at a competitive price.The Walnut Shop is located at, Highway 59 North in Fairfax, Missouri. Call 660-686-3507, toll free 800-831-3333 or www.thewalnutshop.com.

 

 

 

McKay Insurance Services LLC- McKay Insurance Services started serving Northwest Missouri in 2009 and we strive to help people understand their health insurance benefits and if their plan is best utilized by their current situation and if they can find a better plan to fit their needs. We work with employers that are looking to get health insurance for their employees and we work with individuals looking to save money on their current health insurance plan. We also work with clients who are turning 65 and are looking for Medicare Supplement plans and Part D plans. We want to help you understand the difference between Medicare, Medicare Supplements and group health insurance. With the upcoming changes to health care services, our experience with insurance will help you get the right plan for you, your family or your business today. Contact McKay Insurance Services today at 816-344-6847 to schedule your appointment to discuss your insurance plan today.

 



Herbs 'n' Whey-Herbs 'n' Whey specializes in helping people find the natural products to support their bodies naturally for optimim health. They carry Nature's Sunshine Products: encapsulated herbs, herb blends, vitamins, minerals, personal care items, meal replacement and protein powders, Chinese herbal formulas, essential oils, amino acids and more. NOW products; Speciality foods;Enagic Water Machines; MediRub Foot massager; Herbal Teas, Naturopathic Doctor consultations; Iris Analysis; Compass BioScan; VoiceBio. Herbs 'n' Whey is located at, 1202 Main Street, Maryville, Missouri, 660-582-6671 or www.herbsnwheystore.com.

 

 

 



The Clawfoot Tub-The Clawfoot Tub Pet Grooming Salon offers grooming, boarding, doggie daycare and self-service dog wash. These services are all also available for cats. Andrea Cole, owner of The Clawfoot Tub, started out her small businesses in her home and grew into the once vacant storefront on the Savannah Square. The Clawfoot Tub Pet Grooming Salon is located at, 401 West Main Street, Savannah, Missouri. They may also be reached through their Facebook page or emailed at theclawfoottub@yahoo.com or call 816-752-7841


 

 


Wynnland71-Wynnland 71 is a livestock trailer wash-out company named after owners James Wynn and Tom Gilliland.  Wynnland 71 offers wash-out services that are available around the clock. In addition to servicing livestock trailers Wynnland 71 also offers wash-out services for farm equipment. As Wynn and Gilliland continue to get the word out about their business and build success, they are simultaneously working with Northwest Missouri State University to develop a way to re-use and recycle the waste water from their wash. Wynnland 71, 18361 170th Street, Burlington Junction, MO, Tom Gilliland- 660-623-1234 or James Wynn-660-582-1133, or email Winland71@gmail.com.

 

 

 



Northwest Audio Visual-Brett McLain owner of Northwest Audio Visual designs, installs, and services commercial and residential audio visual systems. Brett offers everything from TV sales and installation to custom home theaters, and many types of systems for businesses, churches and stadiums. Northwest Audio Visual customizes background music, paging systems, PA systems, security cameras, projection systems and conferencing systems, etc. They also install stereos and remote starters for vehichles. Northwest Audio Visual is located in Maryville, MO 660-853-2319 or  www.nw-av.com

 

 

 

 

Sweet Wishes Cakery- Sweet Wishes Cakery has opened on the square in Savannah, Missouri. Sweet Wishes owner and local cake artist Shiela Dillman has grown her business from a licensed bakery in her home, to an actual bricks and mortar building on the north side of the Savannah Square specializing in unique celebration cakes. Sweet Wishes Cakery's new location also offers gourmet coffee, cupcakes, donuts and a whimsical atmosphere that continues to grow with new renovations to the building. Sweet Wishes Cakery, 403 W. Main Savannah, MO 816-324-CAKE(2253).

 

 

 

Black Iron Grill- The Black Iron Grill Steakhouse and Saloon, or BIGS, as the locals call it, was built in 2007 and opened the day after Christmas. Their menu consists of quality hand cut steaks, fresh cut French fries, hand breaded shrimp and frog legs. There is live music every Saturday night and many specials. The restaurant was a dream of the late Rick DeBuhr says his wife Kim DeBuhr, who now runs the business. "He wanted to offer the community and surrounding area a local place to get a great meal without having to travel to the city to get it. Big city atmosphere with the small town courtesies," Kim DeBuhr says, "He wanted to do something to add to the appeal of living in Rock Port." Black Iron Grill,I-29 & Hwy 136, Rock Port, MO 660-744-BIGS(2447) or www.blackirongrill.com

 

 

 

New Beginnings Counseling Center-New Beginnings is the only treatment center in a five county area that provides services to juvenile and adolescent populations, as well as adults. New Beginnings Counseling Center is a dream shared by owners, Michelle Jones and Sean Prescott. The duo will bring more than twenty years of experience to the area. New Beginnings offers day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and supported recovery. Services may be accesses through self-referrals, as well as doctors, hospitals or other organizations' referrals. New Beginnings accepts self-pay, insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and Employee Assistance Programs which also cover the employee’s family members with any of the companies in Maryville. New Beginnings Counseling Center, 318 Main St, Maryville, MO 660-562-3000.

 

 

 

 

Mike's Heating & A/C-Mike Molmar has a wealth of customer service and experience to his business, Mike's Heating and Cooling, a residential heating and cooling service in Burlington Junction. Mike's Heating and Cooling offers routine services, repairs, complete heating and cooling replacement or new installations, and even offer same day appointments and after hours calls when needed. Mike's Heating & A/C, Burlington Junction, MO 660-254-4965.

 

 

 

 

Wabash Junction- Local business owner Mike McQuinn has partnered with culinary chefs Jason and Katie Thomas to open Wabash Restaurant. Their food is raised by local farmers, prepared by trained chefs, and served by a friendly staff. They spend a lot of time with farmers trying to ensure their food is as fresh as possible everyday. The restaurant’s menu changes often with the time of year to bring dishes featuring many locally grown and raised products. Wabash Junction is always looking for new items to add from local producers. In addition to a diverse menu, Wabash Junction also offers a banquet room with a separate entrance and seating up to 56 for groups and private parties. Wabash Junction, 100 W. 1st St, Stanberry, MO 660-783-2200 or www.wabashrestaurant.com.com

 

 

Gazarek Enterprises Auto Detailing & More- A love for cars initiated the start of a new business in Savannah. Gazarek Enterprises Auto Detailing & More, owned by Joe & Tiffany Gazarek, has opened with a focus on detailing cars. Gazarek Enterprises services not only cars and trucks, but boats and motor coaches. Other services are offered such as leather conditioning, carpet shampooing, headlight restoration, road tar, pet hair removal and engine degreasing. Mr. Gazarek, a Savannah native, has twenty years of experience in the auto industry, he knows his way around any vehicle.Gazarek Enterprises Auto Detailing & More is located in the Strong Collision Repair building. "We were able to take over a bay within Strong's for my business, and it is working out great," Mr. Gazarek says of the location. Gazarek Enterprises, 107 N. 5th St, Savannah, MO 816-262-0197.

 

 

 

 

Creations Engraving and Embroidery-Creations is one of the longer standing businesses on the square in Savannah. This business is well known for the embroidery and engraving it has furnished people for the last sixteen years. It specializes in personalized gifts as well as corporate awards and apparel. Stacy Cole recently purchased the embroidery division of Creations on the square, in Savannah. 
“We focus on corporate or business sales but also enjoy working with organizations and individuals,” Ms. Cole says of the established business, “In addition to embroidery, we do alterations and can apply print and vinyl transfers.” Creations, 413 West Main Street, Savannah, MO,816-324-4994 www.creationsebz.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

North West Welding & Manufacturing-Chester Hunziger followed his dream and left his job of working for someone else to open his own business.  Northwest Welding located in Rosendale, Missouri. Northwest Welding & Manufacturing proudly serves Northwest Missouri and surrounding areas – providing quality welding solutions at affordable rates. They guarantee their work and your satisfaction. At Northwest Welding & Manufacturing, their welding contractors are experienced, knowledgeable, and prepared to exceed your expectations.  They specialize in fabrication and repair, MIG welding,  TIG welding, stick welding, stainless, aluminum, steel black iron. North West Welding & Manufacturing, 4366 C.R.125, Rosendale, MO, 816-261-1195 or www.northwestweldingmanufacturing.com

 

 

North Missouri Auto Clinic-Rob Johnson brings a nearly twenty years of experience in car, truck, tractor and farming equipment repair to North Missouri Auto Clinic, a service center  he now owns along with his wife Megan. Many people are driving their cars longer and driving up the need for quality auto repair services.  North Missouri Auto Clinic offers computer diagnostics, routine services; mechanical and electrical repair, suspension repairs, lock-out service, exhaust repair and custom exhaust, and even offer custom fabrication and repair as requested. North Missouri Auto Clinic, 21045 State Highway AB Burlington Junction, MO 660-725-4861.

 

 

Adam's Auto Repair- Adam Dennis brings a wealth of experience and his passion for quality customer service to work with him every day. “I've worked in the automotive industry for fourteen years, and always thought I had more to offer customers working for myself than working for other people,” said Dennis.
Mr. Dennis has made that thought a reality and now works for himself doing the job that he has always loved.  Dennis owns and operates Adam’s Auto Repair, in Maryville.  His shop specializes in everything from small engines, cars, and trucks to small agriculture equipment. Adam’s Auto Repair offers discounted services to Civil Servants, Veterans, and students. Dennis says there is no job too big or small for his shop to fix. Adam's Auto Repair, 515 North Dewey, Maryville, MO 660-582-4922.  

 

 

 

 

Emery Convenience and Service- Emery Convenience and Service offers customers much more than just fuel. They offer basic mechanic work, brakes, oil changes, tire repair and rotation. Emery Convenience & Service located in Parnell also carries new tires along with convenience and grocery items. Along with fulfilling his own dream of being his own boss, owner Adam Emery feels his business is an important way for him to help his rural community. In the town of Parnell, which has a population of approximately 200 people, Emery’s Convenience & Service is the only store. Emery Convenience & Service, 204 S. Main Street, Parnell, MO 660-986-2088.  

 

 

 

 

 

Wright Studio- Teresa Wright has a talent for capturing all of life’s most magical moments, whether it be a baby’s whimsical, first smile or capturing a fairytale wedding down to the tiniest detail.  She has a true gift of preserving the times we hold most dear.  Wright notes her greatest joy has been the relationships she has made through her business. Wright creates a true work of art out of every photograph. Wright Studios 816-324-0800 or www.wright-studios.net

 

 

 



Northwest Graphix-For two sisters the timing was perfect to start a new business. Samantha Miles had planned to return to work since her children were old enough to start school, and her sister, Joey Schueth needed to find a new vocation due to health reasons. Instead of finding jobs and going to work for someone else, the pair went into business for themselves opening Northwest Grapix, an embroidery and graphic design shop located in Mound City. 
“Our business includes embroidery and heat transfers,” said co-owner Joey Schueth, “We can do anything from shirts, hats, coozies, key chains, mugs, mouse pads, etc.  We also offer rhinestone transfers.”Northwest Graphixs, 504 State Street, Mound City, MO 660-442-3804.  

 

 



Little Tots Schoolhouse-Jane Leslie has spent her life doing what she loves, teaching and caring for children.  She is the owner and director of The Little Tots School House a Daycare Center and preschool in Savannah, Missouri. Little Tots provides daycare for infants and children up to age five, preschool classes for children ages three to five and a summer school program is for children ages five to twelve. The Little Tots School House, 12521 State Route E, Savannah MO 816-324-4969.  

 

 

 

Rusty Chester's Law Office-After retiring from a successful practice as a lawyer with a large law firm, Rusty Chester opened a new office on the square in Savannah. Chester said his greatest joy is helping people meet their law related needs. He is excited about meeting and serving more people personally. Rusty Chester's Law Office, 108 S 4th Street, Savannah, MO 816-324-0880 or www.rustychesterlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

Rafter Cross Vet Clinic-Rafter Cross Veterinary Clinic is an animal health business serving the veterinary needs forcompanion and food animals, as well as horses. They also have an experienced groomer on site. Dr. Wilson saw a need for these services in the Holt County area and felt he had something he could provide to their community and the surrounding area. Rafter Cross Vet Clinic, 307 E 4th Street, Mound City, MO 660-442-3101.  

 

 

 

 

 

Rafter Cross Photography-Photographer Carrie Wilson has turned her passion of nature into a business. Rafter Cross Photography offers portraits, artwork and even classes on photography. For mor information contact, Rafter Cross Photography, 307 E 4th Street, Mound City, MO 660-572-0102 or www.raftercrossphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

Platte Valley Ag-Greg and Jodi Duncan have worked hard to grow their seed company to expanded services now known as Platte Valley AG, LLC in Rea. It is an established Ag-Chem company which now offers not only seed, but crop consulting, chemical and fertilizer, seed treatment and planter service work. The couple has recently purchased an elevator and mill, Rea Grain & Feed, allowing them to expand their services even more as well as growing their staff to five full-time and one part-time employees as well as a summer intern. Platte Valley Ag, 175 Byers/Hwy 48 Rea, MO 816-526-2059.

 

 

 

Rapid Refill Matt Gaarder decided to help people print smarter when he opened Rapid Refill in Maryville, Missouri. His desire to help people recycle a consumable product as well as save money motivated him to start this business. The cartridges sell up to 50% lower. Savings with Rapid Refill brand ink cartridges and laser toner cartridges can be dramatic compared to the standard printer cartridge brands at other big retailers.  Let Matt and his staff help you save money for your home or business.  Rapid Refill, 418 Main Street, Maryville, MO, 660-562-INKS (4657) or www.RapidInkandToner.com

 

 

 

 

Worth Smoking BBQ Worth Smoking award winning bbq is based out of Grant City, Missouri, but travels to various events and competitions. Check out their facebook page to see where you can find them or call for special events & catering.  Worth Smoking BBQ, Grant City, MO, 816-529-4101.

 

 

 

 

Aunt Martha's House- Bed and Breakfast Martha Shaffer moved back to her hometown of Fairfax Missouri and opened a bed and breakfast. She has built her business on wanting people to have a place to relax and quiet hospitality. Whether you are coming to town for a family or social event, hunting, working or just passing through, you will want to make Aunt Martha’s House your home while you’re in the area!   Come to unwind on our wraparound porch, savor your first cup of coffee or tea, or simply watch the sun rise and fall in the distant fields. Aunt Martha's House, 715 E Main Street, Fairfax, MO, 660-686-0218 or www.auntmarthashouse.com

 

 

Inspirations Dance Center Mary Ingersoll, owner of Inspirations Dance Center has loved dancing as long as she can remember.  She opened her business five years ago, base off of this passion.  The mission of Inspirations Dance Center is to share technique and appreciation, inspiring students to love dancing for a lifetime. This mission is achieved in a recreational environment with experienced instructors. They strive to teach their students proper technique with plenty of kind words, encouragement, and fun. Inspirations Dance Center, 502 E Duncan, Clasbey Center, Savannah, MO, 816-646-2404 or  inspirationsdancecenter.com

 

 

 

 

Guys and Dolls It all started when Mindy Hunziger got a curling iron and a can of hair spray. Her hopes and dreams have become reality.  Mindy has worked extremely hard to build up Guys and Dolls Hair Salon.  She started the business five years ago. "We are not like any other salon in town.  Our service is all about making our clients happy. Our great joy is our loyal customers because their repeat business means we are giving them successful service”, says owner Mindy Hunziger.  Visit Mindy or her other stylists at Guys and Dolls, 921 S Main Street, Maryville MO, 660-582-4900 or www.hairsaloninmaryvillemo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kincaid Gardens Kincaid Gardens owners Gail and Gary Kincaid, are former growers and owners of a commercial garden business.  During their years of personal and commercial gardening, they were challenged to find a plant marker that would perform more reliably than the traditional markers. Kincaid Gardens is the original and only manufacturer of 100% stainless steel metal garden plant markers.  Located in Savannah, Missouri, they manufacture and sell products designed to meet the needs of the serious garden enthusiast.  They product offering is a full line of metal garden plant markers made in 2 different styles and 7 heights, Brother PT-2730VPLabel Printers and Brother P-Touch TZ Style label tapes.  They also offer gift certificates and print custom labels for customers without label printing capabilities. Kincaid Gardens 816-324-4931 or www.kincaidgardens.com

 

 

Sherri's Pharmacy Pharmicist and owner, Sherri James was born and raised in Grant City.  A pharmacist you know andtrust. Fast, friendly, prescription service is what they are all about. They don't just put pills in the bottle, they are bringing true pharmaceutical care to Northwest Missouri. After 20 years, Worth County residents now have pharmacy services available without a long drive or wait at the mailbox. Sherri's Pharmacy 660-564-DRUG(3784) or www.sherrispharmacyservices.com

 

 

 

Goochy Goo BBQ Goochy Goo BBQ in Savannah offers meat smoked to perfection, not in the sauce so that the flavors of the meat and hickory come through. The sauce is left up to you. Great, with or without. You won’t find steak knives here; the meat is so tender it pulls apart with your fingers. Slow smoked in a smoke pit filled with hickory and apple wood; no gas, no electricity. Smoked meat done right. Stop in and see Michael and Dee at 302 North 71 Highway, Savannah MO, 816-432-0013 or www.goochygoobbq.com

 

 

 

 

 

Superior Window Washing Superior Window Washing takes a lot of pride in window cleaning. They clean all interior andexterior glass surfaces using the latest methods and technology. Their cleaning solution is friendly to the environment and will not harm plants or pets  To get a quote call 816-261-4100 or www.superiorpwc.com


Find us on Facebook
HOME   |   NEWS   |   ABOUT   |   HISTORY   |   BUSINESSES   |   FUNDERS   |   LINKS   |   CONTACT