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Missouri Business eNews: September 2012
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Success Stories 
Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant -
Kansas City

Chelsea Taylor, owner of Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant in Kansas City; click to read full storyRecent Missouri Western State University graduate Chelsea Taylor grew up with Barbosa's Mexican restaurants in St. Joseph and dreamed of opening a branch in Kansas City.
Read how Chelsea turned the dream to reality.

Wildwood Vision Specialists, LLC - Wildwood

Drs. Christy Hayes and Kim Folwarski outside their optometry practice; click to read full story Just one year after graduation, optometrists Drs. Kim Folwarski and Christy Hayes found the courage to open their own business. "I am still surprised we were gutsy enough to jump right into it after school!" says Hayes.
Read the Q & A about creating a job versus finding a job.

Transforming Missouri businesses

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

Is foreign competition taking a bite out of your business?

We can help.

Learn about this exciting program.

News and alerts

Helping Guard and reservists' businesses endure and grow

How can National Guard personnel and reservists ensure their business endures, even grows, when they're gone? Through Operation Endure and Grow, a Small Business Administration educational program.
Read more about Operation Endure and Grow.


Seven tips for faster payment

Cash! There's never enough.


Seven essential mobile apps for entrepreneurs

Love apps? Who doesn't?
Here are the seven essential apps all small businesses need today.

How to pitch to big retailers

Getting your product onto that big box retailer's shelves doesn't have to be just a wish.
Here are nine proven methods to break your product into the big time.

Learning around the state
The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers and Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers offer a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of some upcoming events.

Sept 19 - Cyber Security & Economic Espionage: Safeguarding Proprietary Information
Learn how to detect and eliminate economic espionage in this interactive 2.5 hour event! 

Sept 26 - 2012 Missouri Business Conference
Missouri Business Conference, Sept. 26; click for more info Reminder: don't miss the 2012 Missouri Business Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is honorary host.

Sept. 26 - Learn it, Live it, Leader-Shop™
Whether you are a seasoned manager or new to management, this workshop will help you navigate the sometimes treacherous path of leading and managing.
More information/registration

SBIR Boot Camp
SBIR Boot Camp Need some grant-writing assistance? Let us help you write winning proposals.

Oct. 2 - Business Law 101: Legal Considerations for Starting a Business
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The IRS will be providing small business materials and publications for a workshop focused on Limited Liability Entities and federal tax implications.
Get the details

Oct. 24 - Manufacturing Summit
Attention all manufacturing officials interesting in growing your business through innovation, workforce solutions and global strategy.
More information/registration

Oct. 30-31 - Regional Grow Your Own Conference
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers the regional Grow Your Own Conference, which will focus on powerful new economic development strategies for your community with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and building on its inherent strengths.
More information

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Wed., Sept. 19
  • Cyber Security & Economic Espionage: Safeguarding Proprietary Information (live simulcast) - St. Louis, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Rolla, Kansas City
  • Understanding, Building & Preserving Business Value - Kansas City
  • Successful Social Media Marketing - Springfield
  • Accounting Rules for Government Grants & Contracts - Columbia
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship - Columbia
Thur., Sept. 20
  • Contracts, Partnerships, Liabilities: What Small Businesses Need to Know - Columbia
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
  • FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ (session 1 of 10) - West Plains
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
Fri., Sept. 21
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit
  • FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ (session 1 of 10) - Kansas City
  • Make It Happen - Chillicothe
Mon., Sept. 24
  • Intro. to QuickBooks Pro - West Plains
  • FastTrac® TechVenture™ (session 1 of 8) - Kansas City
Tue., Sept. 25
  • What Healthcare Reform Means for Missouri Small Businesses - online
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Wed., Sept. 26
  • From Individual Contributor to Leader (Learn it, Live it, Leader-Shop™) - Rolla
  • Understanding Financial Statements - Springfield
  • Understanding Financial Statements Workshop - Springfield
Thur., Sept. 27
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Web Based Tools and Technology for Small Business Webinar - Jackson
  • Overview of Microsoft Office 2010 - Joplin
Fri., Sept. 28
  • Hispanic Culture and Business - St. Joseph
Mon., Oct. 1
  • Franklin Covey Workshops: The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders - Joplin
Tue., Oct. 2
  • SBA Loans, Government Contracts and Advocacy - Columbia
  • FastTrac® NewVenture™ (session 1 of 5) - Kansas City
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 1 - Joplin
  • Understanding Financial Statements - Jefferson City
  • Starting a Business: The First Steps - Jackson
View the complete calendar of events for details and registration information.

Learn how to sell to the government

  • Wed., Sept. 19
    • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Macon
    Thur., Sept. 20
    • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
    Thur., Oct. 4
    • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
    Wed., Oct. 17
    • Fundamentals of Government Contracting: The Bidding Process - St. Louis
    Thur., Oct. 18
    • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
    View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.
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