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Comfort of Home Healthcare, LLC

Jason Douglas, co-owner and co-founder of Comfort of Home Healthcare, LLC, a home health care service based in St. Joseph with a satellite office in Gladstone slated to open later this year, didn’t start adult life as a health care entrepreneur.

His repertoire included a wicked curve ball that had opposing hitters flailing away — or

“They’d hit it 400 feet!” he laughs.

He threw in the low 80s — good enough for college, but he knew the majors would be a long, hard climb.

“I chased a lot of foul balls, raked the infield dirt a lot,” he admits.

The curve ball life threw at him when first his father, then father–in-law, then mother-in-law became incapacitated requiring round the clock care.  Staying on top of the often unprofessional caregivers was virtually a job in itself, he recalls. With all this going on, he still held down jobs with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s St. Joseph branch, Blue Sky Home Care and Midland Empire Resources for... Read More

A Master of Many


LMG Construction specializes in military construction, commercial plumbing, construction management, and civil engineering work.

 Lisa Garney, a lawyer and certified master plumber, founded LMG Construction in 2007. As the daughter and granddaughter of master plumbers, the construction business always played a big role in her life. She drew from her legal, real estate development, and project management experience to return to her family roots in commercial plumbing and general construction. In doing so, she revitalized a 100-year family tradition of meeting the needs of clients in a continually evolving industry.

 LMG Construction is certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program.  The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses located in distressed urban and rural communities gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in... Read More

“What if I put positive affirmations on the toes of socks . . . then at least twice a day, the person wearing them would see those words and improve his or her well-being without even trying?” Laura Schmidt asked this question while on a road trip with her feet on the car dashboard, and Notes to Self, LLC was conceptualized. Through market research, Schmidt confirmed that the subconscious mind is most accessible early in the morning and late at night, times when people put on and take off socks. Schmidt designed her first prototype labeled “I am awesome,” and the first pair was sold in August 2011. The growing sock line shares messages including “I am smart,” “I am awesome,” “I am strong,” and “I am perfectly me.” The notes to self® line is sold in over 1,000 retail locations nationwide and online. While they are popular among students, athletes, and adults, Schmidt’s goal has been to get the socks on the feet of those who are not routinely guided by positive thinking.... Read More


When you find an untapped niche, a hobby can quickly grow into a profitable enterprise. That’s what owner Nicki Pierce learned when she created Hooked on Ornaments. The company sells Hallmark ornaments on the secondary market through its e-commerce site. Hooked on Ornaments specializes in discontinued, retired and collectible ornaments.


Ms. Pierce began her enterprise as a home-based business. However, due to her hard work, rapid growth ensued and she decided to move into a commercial space to accommodate her ever enlarging stock. As the company’s growth continued, Ms. Pierce purchased her own building. Hooked on Ornaments now occupies a 9,000 square foot building which includes an office, the warehouse and a shipping facility.


As a savvy e-commerce business owner, Ms. Pierce strives to keep up with market and technology changes.


“Always be looking for a better, more customer-friendly, and profitable way to do things,” said... Read More