Women’s Business Center honors 3 local entrepreneurs

The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) recognized several local entrepreneurs at its fourth annual Women Owner Awards event last week.

Kari Estes, owner of Estes and Associates LLC, an accounting and tax preparation service located in Jefferson City, was named the Cole County Entrepreneur of the Year, according to a MoWBC news release. Estes Business offers full service bookkeeping, corporate and individual tax returns, payroll, asset management accounting and more. The group has offices in Jefferson City, St. Robert, Richland and Lebanon.

Estes did not immediately comment on the award.

Kim Silvey, owner of Silvey Soap, was honored as the 2022 Munition County Entrepreneur of the Year. Silo’s business offers handmade soaps that are sold online and in stores, including Hy-Vee in Jefferson City. He has been in business since 2015.

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“Thank you to the Missouri Women’s Business Center, my loving and supportive family, and of course all my amazing clients,” Silvey wrote on social media. “I was so inspired by all the award recipients and it was truly an honor to be with them!”

Brooke Bartlett, owner of GoPo Gourmet Popcorn, was Callaway County’s nominee. Bartlett’s business offers popcorn and family recipes in Missouri, with a storefront in Fulton and a popcorn bar service for events.

“It was an honor to be recognized and represent Callaway County. Thank you Missouri Women’s Business Center for a beautiful evening,” Bartlett wrote. “Thank you to the Callaway Chamber of Commerce and Callaway Bank for your support of local entrepreneurs in our city.”

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Licensed Professional Counselor Malissa Dowell was named the Adrien County Honoree, while Boone County’s Pasta Lafata owner Michelle Lafatta. Angela Stegner and Diana Durham, owners of Momma Tied Boutique, were recognized for Cooper County, and Courtney Petty of Tiny Tots Innovation was honored for Howard County. Osage County Entrepreneur of the Year Barbara Labert, owner of Barbara’s Formal Wear Boutique for All Occasions, rounded out this year’s list.

The annual event honors a selection of nominees in each Mid-Missouri county, highlighting their contributions to their communities and their business acumen.

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MoWBC is an arm of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) focused on supporting women, minorities and small businesses by providing resources and encouraging entrepreneurial success. It is funded in part by the US Small Business Administration.


Brooke Bartlett, owner of GoPo Popcorn GoPourmet, was recognized as the Callaway County Entrepreneur of the Year by the Missouri Women’s Business Center. (presented)


Kim Silvey, owner of Silvey’s Soap, was recognized as Munition County Entrepreneur of the Year by the Missouri Women’s Business Center. (presented)


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