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Christian County Business Success Story

Karen Hamilton

Nixa's Paragon Business Solutions Inc. expanded its horizons with assistance from the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which is affiliated with University of Missouri Extension.

Burglaries can be beneficial. Just ask Alice Beechner Reeves.

In a roundabout way a crime led to the start of Paragon Business Solutions Inc., the firm Reeves co-founded with partner Karen Hamilton in 1997.

"It's kind of a crazy story," admits Reeves, a professional engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

As Reeves neared completion of her doctorate, thieves broke in to her Kansas City home one weekend while she was gone. Among the items stolen was her computer, which contained all her painstaking dissertation work. The burglars even stole her backup disk.

During the ensuing six months, Reeves concentrated on rebuilding her dissertation while simultaneously working as a technical consultant for her longtime KC-area employer, Midland Grau.

The whole experience led to an entrepreneurial epiphany.


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