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MAEDC Newsletter | November 13, 2023

The HAM Toner - 'It's HAM time, baby'

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Martin Kueckelhan, the inventor behind The HAM Toner. Mr. Kueckelhan, a budding entrepreneur from Fayette, MO, has designed this innovative product with a focus on assisting athletes in building leg muscles and preventing injuries. His research highlighted that athletes engaged in activities such as sprinting, climbing, jumping, or lunging are at a higher risk of painful hamstring injuries or ACL tears, among other common issues. Enter The HAM Toner, a portable Glute Ham Developer designed to dynamically target the hamstring muscles. It enables athletes to perform Nordic Hamstring Curls and various exercises outdoors. The HAM TONER USA is user-friendly; it securely corkscrews into the ground, allowing athletes to safely strengthen their delicate hamstrings. Injuries to this area are a leading cause of debilitating health issues among athletes, often jeopardizing their careers. Lightweight and customizable in various colors, including options for athletic team logos, The HAM Toner is poised to revolutionize hamstring workouts. Mr. Kueckelhan is now looking to take his product to the next level and is seeking potential investors and manufacturers. If you are interested in supporting and promoting The HAM Toner, feel free to reach out to us or directly contact Mr. Kueckelhan. In a recent highlight, Mr. Kueckelhan shared his journey on 94.7 KPIP's Local Voices. You can listen to the interview here: Let's join forces in supporting this innovative solution for athletic well-being!



Small Business Federal Contracting Certifications--8(a) and HUBZone

Have you ever wondered what it takes to do business with the federal government as a small business owner?

Join SBA St. Louis Business Opportunity Specialist Gary Alexander and Outreach & Marketing Specialist Nicki Massie to learn how government contracting works and how the 8(a) Business Development Program or HUBZone certification could boost your business. (The 8(a) Government Contracting Program portal has reopened!)

As businesses are recovering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses are looking for new markets. The US government is the LARGEST single purchaser of goods and services in the world. With the recent passage of the infrastructure bill, NOW is the perfect time to explore federal contracting.

This workshop is geared toward small businesses in Eastern Missouri who are interested in government contracting.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 at 11:30 am

followed by SBA Overview (How SBA Can Help YOUR Small Business).


SBA Overview (How SBA Can Help YOUR Small Business)

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency funded by your tax dollars. We have been helping businesses start and grow for 70 years and we're here to help you with your small business needs.

Find out about

  • SBA's resource partner network for counseling and technical assistance

  • SBA loan programs

  • Government contracting programs

  • Export assistance

  • SBA disaster programs

SBA St. Louis District Office staff will present an overview of our programs and answer any questions you might have about SBA programs.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm following the Small Business Federal Contracting Certifications--8(a) and HUBZone presentation.



We had a great turnout for the SBDC Roadshow in Glasgow last week. A big thanks for Arthur Morris Lifestyle Wealth Management LLC-Insurance for letting us use your beautiful conference room and Paul & Marsha with the Missouri SBDC at Mizzou for the presentation. If you are a small business or entrepreneur in Howard or Randolph County then give us a call! We are happy to help connect you with the resources you need to help your business succeed.


This February MU will be launching their 3-day intensive program jointly offered by the University of Missouri- Columbia’s College of Engineering and the Missouri Training Institute. The Leadership Institute is ideal for the heavy civil, commercial, or industrial construction industries and is a great opportunity for employers looking to invest in their employee’s professional growth. Over 11.9% of Missouri job postings in the construction industry in 2022 were for construction managers.

The Leadership Institute is designed to meet this demand for construction managers by supporting employers with growth from within. Leadership Institute Participants will engage in workshops to enhance their supervisory skills and gain fundamental knowledge in construction contracts, estimating, planning and scheduling, construction safety, and workforce trends and issues directly impacting the construction industry. Registration is open and spots for the 2024 Leadership Institute cohort are limited. PDHs are available.

Visit the Construction Management Leadership Institute for more information.

Program Dates:

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, and 21 in Columbia, Missouri.

Daily schedule from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony and networking reception on February 23.


Year in Review - 2023

As we approach the close of another year, it brings us great pleasure to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for your unwavering support and commitment to the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC). 2023 has been a year filled with remarkable achievements, growth, and transformation, and it is thanks to your partnership that we continue to advance and shape the economic landscape of our community. You can find some of the key highlights from this year in the attached flyer.


The Mark Twain Council of Government's November Newsletter is here!

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 16, 2023 - MTRCOG’s Annual Meeting, Madison Community Center

  • December 12, 2023 - TAC Meeting, 11:00 a.m.

  • January 16, 2024 - RHSOC Meeting, 10:30 a.m. (Location TBD; lunch will be provided)


Ballinger Family Volunteer Award

Do YOU know a volunteer who deserves to be recognized? Moberly Kiwanis Club to know about them. $500 AWARD In honor of the beloved Ballinger Family who give of themselves to our community each and every day.


Missouri Economic and Workforce Report 2023

The 2023 Missouri Economic and Workforce Report provides a broad overview of Missouri’s economy in the last year, tracking a selection of meaningful indicators.

North Region - Randolph County

Central Region - Howard County


Join the Fun at Moberly's Newest Attraction!

Moberly's Newest Attraction - an Outdoor Synthetic Ice Skating Rink Enjoy time with family, friends or by yourself on the rink. The rink will be open from November 24, 2033 to January 7, 2023 every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Hours are from 5-9pm on Friday & Saturday and from 3-7pm on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person, per hour or $10 for two hours or $25 for a family per hour which includes skate rental. Private parties are available to be booked. For reservations, contact Moberly Parks and Recreation at 660-269-8705 x 2040 or at or click here. Please note that private parties are not available to be booked during the times the rink is open to the public. A full schedule can be found below. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions are sold separately. Outside food or drink is not allowed. Follow the Facebook page here.



SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Missouri Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 46 Missouri counties and neighboring counties in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began May 2.

Primary Missouri counties: Bates, Camden, Cass, Macon, Maries, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Sullivan and Warren;

Neighboring Missouri counties: Adair, Audrain, Benton, Boone, Cedar, Chariton, Dallas, Franklin, Gasconade, Grundy, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Mercer, Miller, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Charles, Schuyler and Vernon;

Neighboring Illinois counties: Adams, Calhoun and Pike; Neighboring Iowa counties: Appanoose and Wayne; Neighboring Kansas counties: Johnson, Linn and Miami.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 2.375 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on June 26.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Feb. 26, 2024.


Recently, U.S. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced a policy change granting 12 months of no payments and 0% interest. This pertains to all disaster loans approved in response to disasters declared on or after September 21, 2022, through September 30, 2023. This policy change will benefit disaster survivors and help them to decrease the overall cost of recovery by reducing the amount of accrued interest they must repay. Details are available through the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. Individuals with verbal or hearing impairments may dial 7‑1‑1 to access telecommunications relay services from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday, or email:

About the U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


New Childcare Funding Opportunity!

Round 2 of the Missouri Quality Prekindergarten (MOQPK) Grants are available for local education agencies (LEAs) and eligible child care programs. To learn more about the grant requirements, go to the MOQPK website under “Grant Information for LEAs” or “Grant Information for Child Care.”

Each section will include the following information for Round 2:

  • Grant Guidance includes the requirements as well as an explanation of the information and examples for Round 2.

  • Apply Here includes the link to the online survey to apply for Round 2.

  • Terms and Conditions (for child care only) include the contractual terms required for receipt of state funds for Round 2.

  • Deadline to apply for a MOQPK Grant is November 17, 2023.

  • Reminder these funds are not child care relief funds; they are state revenue funds intended to increase the number of Pre-K slots for children who are age four as of July 31, 2023.

  • Contact if you have questions about these grants.


Nominate Your Favorite Small Business!

National Small Business Week Awards celebrate the contributions of exceptional entrepreneurs, small business proprietors, and community members across all 50 states and U.S. territories.

The submission deadline for 2024 is December 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The recipients of the national awards will be unveiled as part of National Small Business Week, which takes place from April 28 to May 4, 2024.




Thank You Industrial Club Sponsors!

The collective efforts of our Industrial Club members have not only strengthened our organization but have also had a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals in our community. Together, we have been able to generate job opportunities, enhance workforce development, and foster an environment conducive to innovation and prosperity.

Join the club!



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