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The True Impact of a SEED Grant

Unveiling Success Stories

Explore inspiring testimonials from past recipients and learn firsthand how these grants have transformed their entrepreneurial journeys.


2023 SEED Grant Awardee

Mya McClain

Owner | Mya’s Gourmet Popcorn

Mya’s Gourmet Popcorn, a proud recipient of a 2023 Spring SEED Grant, is your ultimate destination for a delightful gourmet popcorn experience. Born from a student's entrepreneurship project, their signature Popcorn Pops and Gourmet Popcorn, crafted with fresh ingredients and gluten-free, have become a local sensation. From farmers markets to the bustling Columbia Mall, Mya's Gourmet Popcorn unique flavors like Totally Twix and Strawberry Delight have garnered widespread acclaim. As a party vendor in Missouri, they not only offer individual treats but also provide wholesale options for stores and restaurants. Explore their popcorn tins, ideal for special occasions or holidays. Join us on this flavorful journey and witness firsthand how the Spring SEED Grant has fueled the success of Mya’s Gourmet Popcorn – where every kernel tells a delicious story!

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2021 SEED Grant Awardee

Dr. Christine Woods

Owner | Crowned Counseling

As a proud 2021 SEED Grant Awardee, Crowned Counseling embodies our commitment to supporting transformative initiatives. Dedicated to expanding access to culturally responsive mental health treatment, Crowned Counseling provides a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals seeking healing from past and present experiences. Their mission revolves around fostering real, relevant, and relatable mental health services, recognizing the importance of understanding and addressing the unique experiences of BIPOC communities. The "You're Not Okay? IT'S OKAY" ethos permeates their practice, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging one's struggles while also promoting resilience. Crowned Counseling's inviting office serves as a haven where individuals feeling stuck or in need of a conversation are welcomed with open arms. Life may shift your crown, but Crowned Counseling stands as a beacon of support, offering Real, Relevant, and Relatable conversations as the keys to healing.

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2023 SEED Grant Awardee

Robert Carter

Owner | Red Hat Gutter Company

Red Hat Gutter Company, a distinguished recipient of our support and recognition, has been a reliable and honest player in the industry since 2019. Committed to providing unparalleled service, their mission revolves around exceeding expectations of professionalism, integrity, and effectiveness. From the smallest to the most challenging projects, they persist until customer satisfaction is achieved. With a focus on timely delivery and top-notch quality, Red Hat Gutter Company, based in Missouri and founded in 2019, takes immense pride in delivering professional services at competitive rates. Their commitment to "Safety First" has resulted in an accident-free record since inception, highlighting their dedication to maintaining a secure working environment. Red Hat Gutter Company stands out for clear communication with customers, simplifying home improvement projects from start to finish. Their vision centers on delivering the highest levels of quality control while consistently prioritizing customer satisfaction. Thanks to all who have supported Red Hat Gutter Company in their pursuit of excellence in marketing, sales, installation, and service, ensuring that every customer feels they've chosen the very best.

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2020 SEED Grant Awardee

Brooke Bartlett

Owner | Grab N Go Gourmet Popcorn

In 2020, Grab N Go Gourmet Popcorn secured a SEED Grant, catalyzing the transformation of a unique popcorn vision into a flavorful reality. Originating from the fervent desire of their founder in March 2013, this small business, propelled by family passion and quality ingredients, evolved into a beacon of success. Before the establishment of their storefront, they commenced their popcorn journey by vending their delectable treats at Plume, a tradition that endures today with online orders available for pickup. Despite the challenges faced, the satisfaction of witnessing their dream materialize has made every obstacle worthwhile. As a 2020 SEED Grant awardee, Grab N Go Gourmet Popcorn is not just a snack; it's a destination for all ages. Welcome to their flavorful adventure, where small business dreams become big flavors, and you're invited to be part of the journey that began in March 2013 with a determination to bring joy to taste buds.

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