Area Business Managers

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Maria Bancroft

Area Business Manager
573-368-9454 (mobile)


Maria engages with Missouri manufacturers to identify the challenges that they face and determine which solutions will most effectively help them meet those challenges. Maria works with companies in Central/South Central Missouri.

Background and Education

Maria grew up in the family restaurant business and understands the daily challenges small businesses face.  She brings more than 25 years of collective knowledge and experience in human resource management, manufacturing, lending/finance, and government-funded loan/grant programs.  Maria has worked with an array of business types over the years including manufacturing, restaurants, retail, medical practices, lodging, automotive repair, construction, and wineries.  She wants to help manufacturing businesses of all shapes and sizes find solutions to their day-to-day problems to make the most positive impact by creating/retaining jobs and increasing profitability.  Maria works with companies located in central and south-central Missouri which includes Columbia, Cuba, Jefferson City, Kingdom City, Rolla, Sedalia, and West Plains. She looks forward to visiting companies in the area and learning about potential opportunities for areas of improvement.

Maria was born and raised in Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Business Management from Columbia College.  Maria and her husband Shawn live in Rolla and are very active in the community, particularly in local youth athletic programs and supporting local causes.  Their daughter Eleni lives in Rolla and works as an independently licensed cosmetologist in the area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and watching movies/professional football.

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