Director of Missouri Women’s Business Center
“When you’re passionate about your work, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Jaime Freidrichs is the director of Missouri Women’s Business Center housed through the Central Missouri Community Action, where she oversees and coordinates day-to-day program management and operation.
Born and raised in Brookfield, Missouri, Freidrichs came to Columbia to study English at the University of Missouri in 1999 and has been in Columbia ever since. After graduation, she worked for 13 years at Woodhaven, a local non-profit helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the years, she transitioned from receptionist to the director of development. In that position, she was in charge of fundraising and public relations. Freidrichs has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and is dedicated to improve the quality of life for our community.
During her time at Woodhaven, she earned a master’s degree from University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs, where she learned various aspects of non-profit management, such as planning, budgeting, brand development and client building.
Freidrichs is also a small business developer. Since 2004, she, along with her husband, has been running a documentary production company, Unicorn Stencil. Freidrichs develops business plans, secures grants, and assists with story development. From this experience, she developed strong time management skills and gained a deep appreciation of customer-focused business vision.
Freidrichs, 35, is now a certified Launch U facilitator who coaches clients in business development at the business center. She also teaches grant writing. Her goal is to provide a strong support system for businesswomen and make the program a catalyst for economic development in central Missouri.