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Missouri Business eNews: January 2013
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Latest economic impact numbers reveal $129 of return for every $1 invested

From 2010 through 2012, the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers and Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers assisted clients in creating $2.5 billion in economic impact, including creating or retaining 32,961 jobs, increasing sales by $986 million, acquiring investments of $649.1 million, winning government contracts of $857.4 million and obtaining research awards of $20.1 million.

Find a MO SBTDC or MO PTAC counselor near you and learn how to transform your business.

Success Stories
Matthew Hufft, co-owner of Hufft Projects with Blue and Coltrane; click to read full story Hufft Projects, LLC -
Kansas City

Hufft Projects' clean, modern designs redefine furniture and architecture in the Midwest and far beyond.

Read the full story.

Mike's Daylight Donuts -
Moberly and Macon
Two glazed doughnuts from Mike's Daylight Donuts; click to read full story
Mike and Susan Davis, current co-owners of Daylight Donuts franchises in Moberly and Macon, were tired of working for other people.

Read the full story.
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News and alerts

MO SBTDC counselors certified by Lowe Foundation

Counselors trained in GIS, SEO and Fortune 500-level market research.

Learn about MO SBTDC Business Growth Services

Missouri Missouri entrepreneurship and innovation to be honored Jan. 30-31 in Jefferson City

Celebrating 22 small businesses that  drive our economy.

Learn more about this event.

Federal budget update: a primer

The fiscal cliff has been averted -- but tax law changes just begun. Get the facts.

Missouri Technology Corporation announces opening of funding rounds

Small business can apply for one of three MTC awards not to exceed $3 million.
Read funding details.

IRS changes mileage rates

New year, new regulations.
Get the new mileage rates.


tax advice Can your business benefit from Section 179?

Many small businesses take advantage of IRS Code Section 179 to gain tax relief.

Read more about Section 179

Five mobile trends for 2013

What these mobile trends mean for your business.
Learn more about mobile trends.


Learning around the state
The MO SBTDC and MO PTAC offer a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.

Jan. 16-17 - Missouri City/County Management Association Professional Development Seminar: Columbia 

The Missouri City/County Management Association presents a winter professional development seminar at the University of Missouri-Columbia Reynolds Alumni Center Jan. 16-17.

Jan. 30 - Crowd Sourcing Workshop: Kansas City 

Crowd sourcing combines outsourcing with the power of the Internet, and companies are increasingly using it to raise funds for start-ups, conceive or launch new products and solve other problems seemingly too big for a smaller business to tackle.

Feb. 4-5 - MEDC Winter Conference: Jefferson City 

The Missouri Economic Development Council's winter conference includes a reception with state legislators and sessions on how to effectively interact with your legislator, state taxes, a budget update, transportation funding and how to better support entrepreneurs.

Feb. 6 - Business Essentials Trilogy:

The MU SBTDC presents a series of three-session business essential seminars starting Feb. 6. This trilogy will explore how to better understand value and cost and how they affect your image, customer loyalty and bottom line.

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Small business training
Tue., Jan. 15
  • FastTrac NewVenture (session 1 of 5) - Kansas City
  • Your Business: Lean in 2013 - St. Joseph
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Sedalia
Wed., Jan 16
  • Small Business Tax Workshop - Branson
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship - Columbia
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield
Thur., Jan. 17
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Fri., Jan. 18
  • Sources of Finance: For Business Start-Up or Expansion - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Tue., Jan. 22
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Sedalia
Wed., Jan. 23
  • Writing a Business Plan: The First Step to a Successful Business - Columbia
Thur., Jan. 24
  • Accounting Basics for Small Businesses - Springfield
  • Intro. to QuickBooks Pro - Forsyth
  • Customer Service: Taking Care of Customers - Mexico
Fri., Jan. 25
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Tue., Jan. 29
  • QuickBooks for Small Business - Columbia
Wed., Jan. 30
  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Warrensburg
  • Crowd Sourcing Workshop - Kansas City 
Thur., Jan. 31
  • Advanced QuickBooks - Warrensburg
Tue., Feb. 5
  • Intro. to QuickBooks - Joplin
Wed., Feb. 6
  • Winning Federal Research Grants: SBIR/STTR Workshop - Kansas City
  • Business Essentials: Precision Target Marketing - Columbia
  • Business Essentials Trilogy - Columbia
  • Understanding Financial Statements Workshop - Springfield
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield
Thur., Feb. 7
  • 2012 Year End Tax Legislation: What it Means to You - Columbia
  • Intro. to QuickBooks - Joplin
  • Customer Service: Taking Care of Customers - Mexico
Fri., Feb. 8
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
View the complete calendar of events for details and registration information.

Learn how to sell to the government
Thur., Jan. 17
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Wed., Feb. 6
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
Thur., Feb. 7
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Wed., Feb. 13
  • Fundamentals of Government Contracting "The Bidding Process" - St. Louis
View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.
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