The region recently received a caffeine jolt in the form of a casual gathering of entrepreneurs, business owners and community members. The local program, called Cup of Joe, drew 60 attendees to its first meeting.

“It was amazing to see so many people interested in learning about emerging businesses,” said Annette Weeks, Director of the Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship.

How does it work?

Each week, two businesses share their experience with a diverse audience of community members and fellow entrepreneurs. Presentations are followed by a Q&A session where entrepreneurs gain insightful feedback while connecting with a supportive community that cares about their progress.

The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

Who can attend?

Anyone is welcome to join this grassroots community. It is designed as a casual gathering for people who support innovation and are excited by what is happening in the region. Cup of Joe attracts a diverse audience of startups, entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, students and community members.

Cup of Joe was inspired by the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups program where similar gatherings take place simultaneously every Wednesday morning from 9-10 am in locations around the country.

Join the buzz!

Stop by for a Cup of Joe at the St. Joseph Public Library-East Hills Mall location, 502 North Woodbine Road, St. Joseph, MO 64506 (Use the door on the east side of the cafe).

8:30 a.m. Supporters gather for coffee and conversation.

9-10 a.m. Program

For details on who is presenting each week, visit the group’s Facebook page:

Jomel Nichols
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

As an entrepreneur, Jomel enthusiastically supports new ideas and initiatives in the region. She is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Missouri Western State University and is a member of Leadership Northwest Missouri’s class of 2015.