StartUp Jeff City hosts Motivational Meetup

StartUp Jeff City is hosting a Motivational Meetup from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at G2 Gallery, 102 E. High St.

“This is definitely a great opportunity if you’ve ever had a notion to start a business,” StartUp chairman Michael Honeywell said.

Local entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend the second event, designed to encourage the next “generation” of business owners.

“This is a chance to get together with like-minded people and establish relationships with people who want to help,” Honeywell noted.

Attendees will hear three speakers who have built their businesses from scratch, right here in Jefferson City. These business owners include Taisir Yanis of Coffee Zone, Marie Hilke of Hilke’s Ice and Brandon Wooley of Capital Mortgage Solutions.

Honeywell said each of these speakers is giving of their time with nothing to gain. “I’m really touched by the fact that you can see people who have already made it and have nothing to gain by giving of their time, and they are just doing it to help others out.”

Following the speakers, there will be a time of networking and a chance to register for the Spring Pitch Competition. StartUp Jeff City will host two events where potential entrepreneurs will “pitch” their business ideas to a panel of judges. A $2,000 cash prize will be distributed among presenters during the April 27 event. Anyone who participates in the pitch event gets a chance at a piece of the $2,000.

A second pitch event will be held at a future date in October with $5,000 to be distributed.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a light breakfast provided. The session also includes games, prizes and networking. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Go to to register.

“This is a time of food, money, a lot of good good things,” the chairman said.

Last year’s event ended with nearly 40 entrepreneurs establishing working relationships with other business owners in Jefferson City. StartUp Jeff City hopes to once again identify the potential business startups in the Jefferson City area.

Collaborating together as a community, StartUp Jeff City wants to encourage new business owners in their endeavors, Honeywell said. Volunteer business owners will help develop viable business plans and give potential entrepreneurs a vote of confidence.


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