November 18, 2021

Hannibal, MO. – Wednesday night, the Ignite program held their November event at Maddie’s on Main in Monroe City. This month’s topic included a panel of local women business owners and entrepreneurs sharing their stories of their journey to entrepreneurship.

The panel included Katy Welch, owner of Java Jive in Hannibal, Linda Studer, owner of Mississippi Marketplace in Hannibal, Mindy Hays, Shelter insurance agent in Monroe City, Desiree Mudd, manager of CW Trophies and Awards in Monroe City, and Jeanette Hill, Ph.D., founder of NanAby, LLC based in Hannibal.

The panelists talked about their support systems, some of the challenges they faced in the past and present, gave recommendations about how to fund a business start or growth project, and shared advice and good habits for young entrepreneurs. The panel answered questions from the audience and spent time networking with the attendees before the panel began.

Mindy Hays shared that this is the second Ignite event she has attended. “These events are such a wonderful opportunity to network, to learn and to share and gather ideas. I highly encourage you attend a future event!”

Desiree Mudd’s CW Trophies & Awards sponsored the event, providing appetizers for the attendees. Over 30 men and women were in attendance.

Ignite will host their next event, a networking event, in January.

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  For questions about past or upcoming events, contact Maria Kuhns at

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