Students create Truman's first start up business

Members who take part in the student group turned company can spend up to 15 hours a week on building the company. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

Zampaw is a local non-profit business benefiting "Field of Dreams Rescue" in Kirksville. The business is led by Truman State University students and it's the school's first student led start up.

Members who take part in the student group, turned business, can spend up to 15 hours a week on building the company. This is on top of their school schedule.

"It's really tough when you're a student because creating a start up takes a lot of time and effort, and you also have to balance out school," said Zampaw President Ahn Bui.

The organization's name is a play on the Italian word zampa, which means "paw." Bui said the group spent over a year developing a 75-page business plan.

"It's difficult if you don't really enjoy what you're doing, but I'm really into this and super involved," said member Aaron Toomey.

Bui graduates this school year, but he said he hopes to see the company outgrow its school organization status.

"Two years from now, I hope Zampaw will be strong enough that it can pay for its own expenses … and the business becomes self supportive," Bui said.

Currently, "Field of Dreams Rescue" does not have a location, but Bui said the company's donations are helping to make this a reality in the near future.

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