CFE Staff

Annette Weeks, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship

Annette brings a unique background of helping entrepreneurs and being an entrepreneur. She spent seven years coaching and consulting with area businesses in her role with Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation. Before that, she managed her own successful entrepreneurial venture/family business for more than 16 years. Annette’s insight and empathy makes her responsive to the hopes, dreams, doubts and challenges of her clients. She brings a depth of knowledge in business, education and community engagement to the table.

In 2014, Annette became the Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in MWSU’s Craig School of Business.  This program helps entrepreneurs and business owners in St. Joseph and the region, as well as connect the community to resources available.  To date over 700 clients have been helped through the Center of Entrepreneurship.

Annette has been key in helping to start and sustain Cup of Joe.  She is also an active participant in the NWMO Roundtable of Economic Developers, Leadership Northwest Missouri and North Central Missouri Business Facilitation. She was named as 2018 Ingram’s 50 People to Know in Missouri.

Let Annette help your business exceed expectations and soar.

To get started, contact Annette Weeks at or call 816-271-4283.

Annette Weeks

Dr. Logan Jones, Dean of the Craig School of Business & Technology

Dr. Logan Jones currently serves as the Dean of the Craig School of Business & Technology. The school consists of the Steven L. Craig School of Business, Department of Engineering Technology, Center for Franchise Development, and Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jones completed his PhD in Business Administration at the University of Mississippi and received an MBA and BSBA from Arkansas State University. Currently, his research is focused on employee motivation (e.g., work engagement, competitiveness, and job embeddedness) and leadership. Before entering higher education, he worked in several diverse careers such as real estate, law enforcement, and the military. Originally from Tennessee, he is married with three children and lives in St. Joseph.

Miu Edlin, Business Facilitator of the Center for Entrepreneurship

Miu recently graduated from the Craig School of Business with a masters degree in General Business Administration. As a graduate assistant, she worked in the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, helping small businesses in the community. Before returning to Missouri Western, she served as the Marketing Director of East Hills Shopping Center. Miu has a deep knowledge of business concepts, with a focus on marketing, digital marketing and social media. She has worked with several of the Center’s small business clients in developing their social media and digital marketing strategies. Her passion is to serve the community and help assist local businesses in every way possible. She is also a small business owner herself and has been operating Card My Yard St. Joseph since 2019. Miu earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from Missouri Western in 2017. 

CFE Advisory Council

Carol Burns

Retired Small Business Owner

Carol has more than 40 years of experience as a small business owner. She also serves on the Heartland Foundation Board, Noyes Home for Children Board and YWCA.

Ron Blakley

President and CEO
Blakley Family Farms, LLC

Ron is a producer/investor in LifeLine Foods in St. Joseph and also serves as the Vice Chair for the St. Joseph Regional Port Authority, the Halls Levy District and the Missouri Arkansas River Basin Association. Ron is known for finding simple solutions to complex problems.

Jerry Ingle

Retired Banker

Jerry chairs the Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation board and serves as treasurer for the Midland Empire Homebuilders Association. He also volunteers for the Cup of Joe entrepreneur gathering, Gower Convalescent Center, and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Bob Jones

Retired Sales Marketing Manager
R.C. Brenner Marketing Associates, Inc.

Bob’s area of expertise is B2B sales and marketing in the manufacturing industry, as well as governmental sales and sales distribution and processing.

Jake Kelly

Instructional Design, Web and Applications Programming Manager
Missouri Western State University

Jake serves as the technology advisor on the committee. He has experience teaching with technology and in web development. Jake also serves on the South St. Joseph Development Corporation Board, which serves as the economic development branch of the South St. Joseph Progressive Association.

Ken Lippincott

Financial Services Professional
New York Life Insurance Company

Ken is involved with the Kiwanis Club, reading at schools and coats for needy children. Ken’s area of expertise is in helping clients attain financial security and plan for retirement.

Jomel Nichols

Chief Communication Officer
Missouri Western State University

Jomel serves on the steering committee for the Cup of Joe entrepreneur gatherings and the Community Alliance image committee. She brings more than 25 years of marketing experience to the table.

Amy Ryan

Senior Vice President
Commerce Bank

Amy has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry and is active with many organizations and boards including St. Joseph Eastside Rotary, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Fairfax Community Hospital, St. Joseph Public Library Foundation and Cotillion for Achievement.

Dave Shinneman

Retired Business Owner

Dave brings a wide range of experience to the table, including 26 years as a business owner. He is a actively involved in the Applied Entrepreneurship program and chairs the investment committee of the MWSU Foundation board.

Kelly Sloan

Purchasing Manager
Missouri Western State University

Kelly has worked at the University for more than 17 years and brings experience with formal bids and finances. She also teaches aerobics and is a regular platelet donor.

Don Tolly

Insurance Advisor
American Family Insurance

Don is a member of St. Joseph Optimists, Chamber Diplomats, Charter Property and Casualty Underwriters, and the Community Champion for The Kindness Revolution, a non-profit organization promoting kindness in communities. Don has more than 28 years in the insurance field.

Justin Myers

Owner of Heartland Paint

Justin is a graduate of the Craig School of Business and the owner of Heartland Paint in town. He also serves on the steering committee for the Cup of Joe entrepreneur gathering.