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Port of Howard-Cooper County Awarded $3.7 Million in Grants

MAEDC staff members recently accompanied Gigi Quinlan McAreavy, Director of Economic Development Boonville/Cooper County, on a tour of the Port of Howard-Cooper County in New Franklin, Missouri. During the past few months, the port has secured multiple grants for its redevelopment, with funding stemming from various sources such as MoDOT and ARPA. These grants will empower the port authority to undertake significant upgrades.

John Sponaugle, Port Director, guided the tour and revealed that the expansion plans encompass the installation of two sizable grain bins, with capacities of 160,000 and 240,000 bushels, respectively. Moreover, an 18-acre tract will be filled with backfill material, extending the land to the 100-year floodplain and repurposing previously unused property.



SBDC Roadshow in Glasgow, MO - November 8th

The Small Business Development Center Roadshow is coming to town on November 8th and you won't want to miss it! This FREE event will provide you with valuable resources, expert advice, and networking opportunities to help your business succeed.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023

3:00 pm

at Arthur Morris Lifestyle Wealth Mgmt.,

518 1st St, Glasgow, MO 65254


Small Business Federal Contracting Certifications--8(a) and HUBZone - November 14th

SBA Overview (How SBA Can Help YOUR Small Business) - November 14th


KWIXLand Business Spotlight: Kaylee Paffrath Addresses Regional Housing Issues


Missouri Partnership Launches Economic Development Campaign to Attract New Businesses, Create Jobs Across Missouri


Local Librarian Wins Statewide Award

Rachael Grime, Director of Little Dixie Regional Libraries (LDRL), was awarded Professional Librarian of the Year by the Missouri Library Association at the October 2023 annual meeting.

Grime has worked at Little Dixie Regional Libraries since she was 16. Beginning as a circulation clerk, she advanced to the position of Outreach Librarian, Young Adult & Adult Librarian, and became director of Little Dixie Regional Libraries in 2017.

A graduate from Northeast R-IV, Grime went on to attend MACC and Columbia college where she received her Bachelor's in Human Resources and Management. In 2016, she graduated from Clarion University with her Masters in Library and Information Sciences.

After the retirement of her predecessor in April 2017, Grime became the Director of the four branch, two county system in north central Missouri. "I was nervous. That first day was overwhelming. I think I had a leaky roof right off the bat and some folks grouchy about some lost items. But the best part of my job is honestly the diversity of it. Each day is different with unique challenges. The smiles when people leave the library are an amazing bonus," said Grime.

As the library director, Rachael has written numerous grants totaling well over $150,000, added hotspots for checkout, increased digital offerings, weathered a pandemic, finished a remodel of the Moberly Library, increased holdings, and has replaced numerous roofs, sidewalks, air conditioners, and anything else the world of circumstances throws at her.

During the past year, the library system has had record breaking circulations and program attendance.

"I love the library. Plain and simple," Grime shared. "I love that people are realizing we are more than what they think we are. The library has been able to provide new resources and improve on what we have provided in the past. I adore hearing people realize we have more than they ever thought."

Grime works to make the library a key piece of the community. She is on the board for the Moberly Parks Department. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, Altrusa International of Moberly, Moberly Kiwanis, Paris Rotary, and Better Communities for Better Health.

Beyond the local community, Grime serves on several statewide boards. She is a member of the Grand River Library Council, Missouri Library Association, Association of Rural and Small Libraries, and a past President and current member of the Missouri Public Library Director's group. In addition, Grime serves on the Missouri Secretary of State Council on Library Development representing public libraries.

"Networking and working together is key to a successful library," Grime states. "I don't want to wait until it's too late to do something. I want to be proactive in our community. We were early to circulate hotspots during COVID when people needed the internet at home. We have fishing poles thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation that we checkout to families. I love that we checkout telescopes and microscopes in addition to DVDs, books, magazines and video games."

In addition, Grime won the Emerging Young Professional Award from the Moberly Chamber of Commerce in 2021 and was a nominee for the 2023 Distinguished Service Award.

Rachael is the daughter of Beverly (Moberly, MO) and the late Michael Grime. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Grime and the late Edmund Grime of Macomb, IL and the late Bettie and Robert Bennett of Higbee, MO. In her spare time, Grime enjoys reading romances, spending time with her dachshund, listening to podcasts and traveling to new places.

"I want people to know that their library is for them. We have computers with free internet access, hotspots, a warm place in the winter, board games to play with your friends, book clubs, thousands of books, and hundreds of programs a year. I am so proud of what we have and what we will continue to do in the future" Grime affirmed.

The Missouri Library Association (MLA) is a non-profit organization that serves as a regional membership organization for individuals working in the field of librarianship. The goal of MLA is to support the work of libraries and further advancements in the profession. The organization’s mission is to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the state. Learn more at


Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for HIG Realty Group



ATTENTION fishers/boat owners It might be getting a little chilly out for fishing but don't put that boat up for the year just yet! Our 17th Annual Glasgow Winter Boat Parade is just around the corner. Join in the fun on Saturday, November 25th at 6:30pm. Entries can be made in person (at Beckett's, The River Bend Restaurant, Market Street Floral or The Glasgow Missourian), by phone (660-324-1242) or online

Moberly's Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, in the Moberly Depot District. This event features local shopping & dining, Christmas parade, live reindeer, Mayor's Tree Lighting, & much more! Parade application and more details can be found at

Join us for our Annual Festival of Lights with a Christmas Parade Kick Off, Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. It's the most magical time of the year in Downtown Fayette!

The festivities will begin with holiday shopping and eating in downtown Fayette. Followed by a magical Christmas Parade at 5:30pm. The lighting of the Fayette Magic Tree & Courthouse Light Show coordinated to music will follow the parade, with a special visit from SANTA!

This year's parade theme is "Holiday Movie Marathon" - prizes will be awarded for top floats.



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.


Congratulations to Nichole Atkins of Fireside Bakes and Brews for her recognition by the Missouri Women's Business Center's Women Who Own It Awards.


Now Hiring in the MAEDC Region

Orscheln Products - Training Specialist, Sr. Account Administrator, Machine Operator, Expeditor

Orscheln Industries - Assembly Operator, Expeditor, Qualico Machine Operator

JBS USA - Operations Manager, Quality Supervisor, Technicians

Mac Rak Inc. - Powder Coat Painter

Mack Hils Metal Fabrication - Turret Operator, Laborers, CNC Machinist

Phoenix Manufacturing - Machine Operator, Shipper, Industrial Assembler, Welder

Monning Industries - Production & Laborer, Chief Financial Officer




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.




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