Columbia startup company, Influence & Co., to expand and create 22 new jobs, DED announces

June 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Department of Economic Development today announced that Influence & Co., a content marketing startup firm in Columbia, is expanding its local presence. The company’s expansion includes a $40,000 capital investment and is expected to create a total of 22 new jobs.

“Influence & Co. epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit of the state that makes me proud to be a Missourian,” said Mike Downing, director of the Department of Economic Development. “It’s investing in innovative companies, like Influence & Co., that keeps the Show-Me State economy moving forward.”  

Influence & Co. is a marketing firm that helps companies create and distribute content that educates and engages their target audiences. The two-year-old startup is headquartered in Columbia and has already expanded operations to both Kansas City and St. Louis. Influence & Co. has a growing portfolio of clients, including major brands like Office Depot, Dell, and Belfor. The company’s unique marketing solutions have garnered national attention, earning Influence & Co. a spot on the Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list

“With a low-cost environment, an abundance of business resources, and direct access to an outstanding workforce, Columbia provides a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs,” said Kelsey Meyer, president and cofounder of Influence & Co. “We’re thrilled that Influence & Co. is growing quickly, and we’re proud to be doing so right here in Missouri.”

To assist Influence & Co. with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. 


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