First Place – CoMo Connection Exchange
CoMo Connection Exchange owners Cara Owings and Jennifer Schenck wanted to use their natural skills as connectors and networkers to found a business. Connection Exchange welcomes new businesses to the community with a free gift and facilitates connections and introductions to other businesses who want to market their services. They provide new businesses in Columbia with connections and information from nearly 40 businesses in various industries. The company has expanded to offer services in the St. Charles, Fulton, Mexico, and Boonslick areas and plans to expand to six other areas in Missouri.