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Missouri Business eNews: February 2013
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Success Stories

These two outstanding small businesses received a 2013 Excellence in Business Award from the statewide network of Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC), the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), the Economic Development Administration University Center and the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) at a gala banquet in Jefferson City on Jan. 30. Both firms were also presented with legislative resolutions at the Missouri Capitol from their state senator and representative.
restored table Furniture Rescue

Whom do you call to repair that favorite piece of furniture?
Read the full story.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.
St. Louis
Lawrence banner

Awnings, canopies, displays and more.
Read the full story.
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Missouri2013 Excellence in Business Award winners

Twenty-two outstanding Missouri small businesses honored as 2013 Excellence in Business Award winners.

Read more and see the list of winners.

IRS roundup

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has resulted in some big IRS changes. 

Learn about tax changes

Transforming Missouri businesses

SBTDC technology and commercialization specialists help innovators access capital through SBIR, STTR

The SBA administers two programs for small businesses like yours to acquire federal government technology contracts. MO SBTDC technology specialists can help!
Learn about SBIR/STTR.


Hiring your first employee

It's a big step. Make sure you do it right.

Learn important hiring tips

business ideaNine worst (and seven good) business ideas

Which are the boom and which the bust industries in this economy?
Read more.

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.

Feb. 27 - Business Essentials: Understanding Financial Statements for Informed Executive Business Decisions: Columbia

Knowing what to look for and how to find it in your financials is the first step toward true business growth.

Mar. 14 - Effective Advertising & Promotions: Springfield

Getting good results from your investment requires a methodical approach to marketing strategies; learn how at MSU's SBTDC.

March 31 deadline - SparkLabKC: Kansas City

Early-stage technology startups can apply for SparkLabKC, an intense, 90-day, in-residence program geared to accelerating their early progress.

Save the date: June 5-7 - National Economic Gardening Conference: Kansas City

The 11th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference will be held at the historic Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City, from June 5 to 7, 2013. The conference will feature two tracks: "Nurturing Entrepreneurs," for economic gardening program developers and specialists; and "Growing Economies," for policymakers, economic and community development professionals and entrepreneurial support services staff.

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Economic impact: $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.

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Small business training
Tue., Feb. 19
  • Overview of Microsoft Office 2010 - Joplin
  • Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) - Kansas City
Thur., Feb. 21
  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Marshall
  • Finance - Monroe City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Lamar
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Jefferson City
  • FastTrac - Planning & Growing a Business Venture (session 1 of 11) - Poplar Bluff
  • Facebook (session 1 of 3) - Marshall
Fri., Feb. 22
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Mon., Feb. 25
  • FranklinCovey Workshops: The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders - Joplin
Tue., Feb. 26
  • Google Apps Workshop - Kansas City
  • Making Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements - Joplin
Wed., Feb. 27
  • Business Essentials: Understanding Financial Statements for Informed Executive Business Decisions - Columbia
Thur., Feb. 28
  • From Individual Contributor to Leader (Learn it, Live it, Leadershop series) - Rolla
  • Starting a Business: The First Steps - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Advanced QuickBooks - Marshall
  • Real World Marketing in Action - Joplin
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Mon., Mar. 4
  • FastTrac TechVenture (session 1 of 8) - Kansas City

View the complete calendar of events for details and registration information.


Learn how to sell to the government
Thur., Feb. 21
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Thur., Feb. 28
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Moberly
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Paris 
Thur., Mar. 7
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Tue., Mar. 19
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.
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