Since Jessica Ciccone moved back to her hometown of St. Louis in 2012 after years living in Boston, she’s found a niche connecting local professionals with business resources and service activities — and with each other. 

Those passions all come together in the nonprofit she formed a couple years ago, St. Louis Startup Ambassadors, for which she now serves as board vice president. The organization helps transplants find their way in what can be an insular town — although St. Louis natives and “boomerangs” like herself, who’ve moved back after years away, are also welcome.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk with Ciccone and with the entrepreneurs behind two locally based startups.

Samantha Rudolph is the founder of Babyation, a company she describes as “unapologetically for moms.”

Lindsay Van Quaethem is the founder of City Block STL, a digital marketing firm she launched in 2017.

They’ll share their stories of starting businesses based in St. Louis and their experiences as businesswomen in a place recently named No. 1 among U.S. cities for its number of female entrepreneurs.

Related Event|
What: St. Louis Startup Ambassadors’ Second Annual BBQ Bash
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park (2824 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis MO 63110)
Note: Tickets are required for this event.

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St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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