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ReCHAI Among Missouri Businesses
Honored by State Legislators

Dr. Rebecca Johnson and Max Summers
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, receives the Rising Star of Entrepreneurship Award from Max Summers, state director of MO SBTDC. The award recognizes ReCHAI’s impact on the economic development of the state and was presented to Johnson in conjunction with the annual MO SBTDC legislative Client Showcase held in the Capitol rotunda.

The University of Missouri Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, a collaborative program of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sinclair School of Nursing, was among 20 outstanding small businesses honored by members of the Missouri General Assembly Jan. 28 at a business showcase in Jefferson City. ReCHAI received the Rising Star of Entrepreneurship Award during the event, which was sponsored by the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC). The showcase highlighted the achievements of some of the two programs’ top performing clients.

Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction studies the mutual benefits of human/animal bond relationships through research projects and community programs, such as Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, PALS for Seniors, and PAWSitive Visits.

“This showcase provided a venue to demonstrate the importance of Missouri's small businesses to the economic vitality of the state,” says Steve Wyatt, director of the University of Missouri Extension's Business Development Program, who oversees MO SBTDC and MO PTAC. “Each of these businesses – many of which are technology-oriented and in early stages of developing cutting-edge products – has received expert assistance from MO SBTDC and MO PTAC counselors, which enabled them to start or expand their enterprises.”

The MO SBTDC program and its statewide network of business counselors foster Missouri’s economic development by helping enterprising Missourians meet the challenges presented by today’s ever-changing business environment.

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