Meet the 2019 Honorees

Tarah Toellner

Martha Rose Gifts and Home Decor

Tarah’s nominator said this about her: “Tarah is very involved in the local community and is very supportive of nearly all of the activities in Mexico. She has become a very respected businesswoman in town! Mexico is lucky to have someone like Tarah who truly cares about her community and is helping to make it continue to thrive.

Lara Pieper

Bloom Bookkeeping

“Looking back at my unique entrepreneurial journey, I can say this- I am blessed and beyond grateful for my clients I have been able to serve and for the struggles that have only sharpened the proverbial entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of Bloom Bookkeeping. I have worked diligently each day to support those that I encounter whether they become a paying client of mine or not. It’s bigger than that for me. For those on my same entrepreneurial quest undeniably need support to not only survive but to thrive. We must be each other’s sounding boards, cheerleaders and support in the tumultuous times of uncertainty and trials that come with being entrepreneurs.”

Keli Tate

The Station

“There is so much to The Station that may not be able to be encompassed on paper. We’re a success story for sure, but we are also a family, we are Callaway County, and we are Missouri. We aren’t just a bar. We are the American Dream, all wrapped up in this 2500 square foot space.”

Tijuana Jenkins

RoyalT’s Finest Touch

“I’m very proud of myself every time I step foot in there. Just knowing where I came from and all that I had to go through, it gives me life. The best part is it gives my kids the motivation to make their dreams come true.”

Robin Billings

 Billings Broadcasting

Robin’s nominator shared this: “Rockin’ Robin (as she’s lovingly referred) doesn’t expend all of her considerable energy to ensure the success of KWRT. Robin is an advocate for Boonville, the Boonslick Area, local businesses, and the merchants who own them.”

Jessica Stroupe

Howard County Veterinary Service

Jessica’s nominators shared this: “She is a truly dedicated veterinarian to all of her patients, and a loving wife and mom to one with one on the way. Dr. Stroupe gives her time to the community in which she was raised and is always willing to be there when a client needs her. She owns her own business and it has grown to where three doctors now work in this rural clinic. She has battled a couple of very serious medical conditions and came back stronger. A true woman of faith and dedication to her career and family.

Chelsea McGill


“Grind is a place about people. Coffee is what attracts people to our shop but once they step foot in the door, they become family. You are greeted with a smile, a cozy atmosphere, and a premium experience to make you feel special. Whether you’re a regular customer or you travel from far away, your visit is valuable to us.”

Kelly Frank

Main Street Pizza and Quite Frankly

“I think that involvement in the community provides a sense of fellowship and friendship that rings true with customers. If someone has a choice to do business with a stranger or a friend, they’ll choose their friend every time. Small towns are the backbone of the Midwest, and I personally love how small communities can be trusted to come together to support their own.”