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MAEDC NEWSLETTER | SEPT. 4, 2023


MOBERLY NATURAL CRUSH


Moberly Natural Crush (MNC) is a hidden gem in Moberly, Missouri. Recently CEO Pat Conners gave MAEDC’s Kaylee Paffrath and colleagues from the Missouri Small Business Development Center and University of Missouri Extension Office a tour of his Moberly facility. MNC produces specialty soybean meal and oil for producers of natural food products. Their press process is 100% natural – there are no chemicals, such as hexane, separating the meal from the oil. This ensures the product maintains its full flavor and maximum nutritional benefits.

Moberly Natural Crush was built by 110-plus Missouri farmer-investors who believe that the natural food movement is one of the more fundamental shifts to occur in the history of the food industry. They are also strategic equity partners with an Iowa-based company that was at the forefront of this shift, American Natural Processors Inc. (ANP), one of the first and largest natural processors in the U.S.

MNC was founded by its CEO, Pat Conners, and local farmer Jim Beckley, who both sit on the Board of Directors. In total, the Board is comprised of five Missouri farmers and four independent business professionals who have extensive career experience in the food and agriculture industries.

“Our goal is to build a team of people who believe what we believe,” Conners said in 2021 as MNC was becoming operational. “Whether it be to live healthier or to eat heartier, we believe in special foods. And special foods start with special ingredients.”

The organization’s mission is to forge farm-to-table partnerships that promote healthy lifestyles. Healthier food begins with healthier feed. It’s a noble pursuit, and it starts with the special soybeans provided by our non-GMO and Organic farmers.



 

LABOR DAY FUN FACTS FROM THE US DEPT. OF LABOR



 

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Navigating Government Contracts and Mastering SAM.gov Registration

Are you intrigued by the idea of securing government contracts but feel overwhelmed by the process? 🤯 Fret not!

Tue, September 12th at 11:30 am



Exporting 101

Are you curious about the world of exporting and its potential impact on your business growth? This session is tailor-made for you

Tue, October 10th at 11:30 am




 

Vendors Needed!

Do you have a unique product to sell? Join the Fayette Chamber of Commerce for Homecoming Fest on October 28, 2028.

This will be a fun filled day of shopping, food and other fun activities to celebrate Homecoming!


Interested vendors should reach out to fayettemochamber@gmail.com for more information.

 


Congratulations City of Moberly!

The City of Moberly will be recognized at the upcoming Missouri Recycling Association's Annual Awards Luncheon for their outstanding glass recycling program.






 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Missouri Small Businesses

Published on June 29, 2023 by Disaster Field Operations Center West

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 https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 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.


 

Upstate MO Annual Meeting


Kaylee Paffrath, the Director of Business Development, recently participated in the Upstate Missouri Annual Meeting held in Marceline, Missouri. This yearly occasion serves as a platform for economic developers and stakeholders from the northern Missouri region to congregate. Their goal is to collectively address issues within our rural communities and to acquaint themselves with emerging opportunities that can enhance our community services.

The meeting encompassed various subjects, including housing, TIME Zones, agricultural markets, Missouri Partnership, and transportation. State Representative Ed Lewis was in attendance to deliver a legislative update, while Corinne Watts from the Green Hills Regional Planning Commissions offered insights into the progress of the Show Me Jobs initiative.



 

Are you connected to agriculture in Missouri or know someone who is? MOSourceLink and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission want to hear about business needs and the challenges facing those in ag so we can better help them succeed. Take the 10-minute questionnaire by following the link below.


 
 

Office of Broadband Development (OBD)

The OBD is working to connect all Missourians to high speed internet. Click the link below for the latest news and announcements.


 

MISSOURI ECONOMIC DASHBOAD


 

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.

 
 

MOBERLY AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IS THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROVIDER FOR HOWARD COUNTY THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HOWARD COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.


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