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      MREIC is open to help local entrepreneurs start businesses

      The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center, also called MREIC, is back open to serve the public. They are a non for profit group and have two main goals for the area.

      The first is to help the growth of small businesses in the region and their second goal is to expand the innovation of technologies. Assisting small businesses in their growth helps enhance the local economy of Kirksville.

      "Nearly 100% of net new business growth in our economy comes from businesses in their first five years of existence. So if we want to grow jobs in Kirksville, we need to plant lots of seeds. We have all the tools it's just a matter of providing bright entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed to successfully launch businesses in this area," said Dan Hamlet, Executive Director for the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center.

      If you have an idea for innovation or small business, you can stop by 315 S. Franklin St. from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can email Dan at dhamlet@kirksvillecity.com

      You can also visit their website at http://mreicenter.org/.