October 29, 2021

Hannibal, MO. – Wednesday night, the Ignite program held their second bimonthly networking event at Sweetwater Distillery in Monroe City. Over thirty people were in attendance. Attendees spent the evening making connections with other business owners and business support professionals.

Maria Kuhns from the Small Business Development Center at HREDC gave opening remarks about Ignite. Following Maria, Darren Hays from A&S Printing Services shared his story of entrepreneurship. A&S Printing Services sponsored the event. Following remarks, Heather Utterback from Sweetwater Distillery gave a tour of the distillery and shared her family’s journey to entrepreneurship.

Darren Hays, owner of A&S Printing Services, commented. “Events like this are fantastic! Everyone was there to show their support for one another, sharing ideas and talking about the plans they have to move their business forward. I would encourage anyone who runs a business or manages people to attend these events.”

A&S Printing Service’s sponsorship provided the light refreshments for the event. Refreshments were crafted by Mudd Pie Take and Bake.

Ignite will be hosting their November event, a Women in Entrepreneurship Panel, at Maddie’s On Main in Monroe City on November 17th at 5:30 pm. The event is sponsored by CW’s Trophies and Awards and light refreshments will be provided.

The Ignite Program is a partnership between Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council, the Small Business Development Center, Northeast Power, and the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce. Ignite is dedicated to creating an ecosystem that attracts, creates, supports, and accelerates new and existing businesses in Northeast Missouri. For more information, visit www.ignitehannibal.com.  For questions about past or upcoming events, contact Maria Kuhns at sbdc@hredc.com.


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