MARSHALL, Mo.

Missouri Valley’s Community Action Agency’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award

Stacy Flowers MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29, 2013 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protege, and Master Innovator. MVCAA’s Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) was selected as a winner in the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation category.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s MADE provides support for new and developing businesses. Participants receive mentoring, professional and technical support as they work to actualize their business ideas into sustainable business ventures. To date, MADE has assisted in the development of over 30 businesses that employ 130 people in Missouri.

“In many communities, the Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organization for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities-and this role increases during challenging economic times,” said Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director of MVCAA. “That’s why we created our program, and we’re proud not only that it has been cited as one of the best in the country, but that it’s making a considerable positive impact on our neighbors, both financially and personally.”

The award, created in 2010, honors CAAs for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families-specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership’s Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive,” said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. “The award winners highlight CAAs’ unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty.”

Community Action helps families and communities meet their unique needs and ensure that all community members have an opportunity to thrive and to contribute to the success of their communities and neighborhoods.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope. For more information, visit http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/ or follow the organization on Twitter, https://twitter.com/CAPartnership .

More information about MVCAA: http://mvcaa.net/ .

PHOTO CAPTION: Pam LaFrenz, Cheryl Zimny and Stacy Flowers with MADE award.

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2013 MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

MADE in MissouriMARSHALL, Mo., March 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is pleased to announce the fourth MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The 2013 competition encourages new and aspiring business through a competitive, educational and technical business development process. Grants are awarded to competition winners for startup costs or operating capital.

The Competition gives new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other fledgling businesses throughout the state. It is designed to foster sustainable business in Missouri by Missouri residents.

Cheryl Zimny said, “An entrepreneur with an idea can change the world. Will it be you? Will it be one of this year’s competitors?” As Glen Beck would say “Small business is the heart of this nation.” It’s what the U.S. is all about. It is what a strong Missouri economy is all about.

At the preliminary level, participants complete a questionnaire outlining the key factors of their business idea along with leadership, management, community, and environmental plans for implementation. Semi-finalists complete a business plan and sales presentation. Finalists present a live presentation of their business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Missouri on August 12, 2013.

The Competition challenges potential entrepreneurs to move forward and assists them in finding a network of resources to develop and refine their business ideas. Participants are aided with technical assistance, communication skills, marketing and financial advice from the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE).

MADE is comprised of diverse organizations, technical professionals, university members, federal and state department personnel and entrepreneurs. It includes the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center and the University of Missouri Extension among others.

Registration is open to potential or current business owners in Missouri that have been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation. Participants considering going in to business for the first time are welcomed.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2013. Submission by mail must be postmarked by May 31; email applications must be received by 5 p.m. For more information visit mvcaa.net or contact Cheryl Zimny at Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

This project is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri (www.mvcaa.net). It is funded 75 percent with federal funds and 25 percent by nongovernmental sources. Federal funds are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provided through the Missouri Department of Social Services.

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2012 MADE Entrepreneurship Competition Winners Announced

MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The final round of the 2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition was held on August 16th at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship to recognize the importance of locally owned businesses and provide a venue to assist them toward becoming successful.

The competition assists new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process that awards business investment funds to the winners.

Competitors start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas including the impact their business would have on their community and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. The finalists had turned in their finished business plans and financial projections prior to the event. During the final round of the competition they presented their products, and services in a trade show and presentation format for judges at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Certificates and business investment awards were given out to the winners in each of the two classes, Open and Youth. In the Open class the first place winner is Thomas Duggan from Glendale with Makin’ Good Energy: Gardens. The second place winner is Kevin Broyles from St. Louis with S.N.E.W. Inc. In the Youth class Brandon Banks from Troy with Spot Light Stars took first place. The student managers of Bulldog Express Deli, a project of the Leeton Public School of Leeton took second place. Third place went to Hannah Carlton of Plattsburg with Jewelry by Design.

This project and event is a step toward economic stability in Missouri by helping locally owned businesses reach toward success. These new business owners become leaders and reinvest in the communities that support them. They create an economic footprint, hire local people and make a difference in the communities.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is comprised of members from several state agencies, USDA Rural Development and others and is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization located in Marshall, Mo..

This project/program is funded at 75 percent at $15,000 by federal funds and 24 percent at $5,000 by nongovernmental sources for a total amount of $20,000. The federal funds are received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

More information on the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency: http://mvcaa.net/ .

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in Missouri that has been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in Missouri that has been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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