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Missouri Business eNews: March 2013
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Success Stories
Habitata; click to read full storyHabitata Building Products, LLC, dba Halcyon Shades:
St. Louis

Habitata brought jobs back from Mexico, creating jobs and transforming a St. Louis neighborhood.

Read the full story.

Kemper Military School Redevelopment Project: Boonville

How do you save your history and create jobs? Boonville has one answer.

Read the full story.
News and alerts

The Affordable Care Act The No. 1 thing to know about the Affordable Care Act

If you employ 50 or fewer individuals, you are exempt.

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Advisory Board

Profiling the board members who support Missouri's small business: Rob Herhold, Keith McLaughlin.

Learn about them

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Business going green

Five steps to hire an energy auditor

An energy audit can yield big savings -- with the right audit and auditor.


Learn about time-saving tools Time-saving tools for small businesses

Make the Internet an ally with these time-saving tools.

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Six tips for a successful meeting with your banker

Be prepared, and you'll forge a friendly partnership.
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.

March 21 - Social Media Secrets & Strategies: Springfield

Learn how to incorporate social media strategies into your marketing campaigns in this intensive seminar, the first in a series of four that will help you understand the positives and negatives of social sites, the importance of monitoring your site, the best monitoring tools and the secrets of writing for social media.

March 22 - Exporting Business Summit 2013: Lebanon

Join Missouri Senator Mike Parson and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for a free forum on developing your business and exporting opportunities.

March 23 - ProductCamp St. Louis

A free, user-driven "unconference" focused on physical and digital product development, management and marketing.

March 27 - 2013 Lake Business Conference: Osage Beach

This business conference on the crucial issues facing small business will include session break-outs on new HR and employee healthcare regulations, the latest Lake area demographic trends and effective networking and communications.
Learn more/register 

March 28 - Veteran Enterprise Forum: Joplin

This forum, free to veterans or current service members, will provide information about educational, business, financial and governmental programs and services available to veterans or to those currently serving.

April 22 - Why Export? Key Information for Economic Development: Jefferson City

Learn how to expand sales and create jobs by entering the international marketplace at this free export training session.
May 31 - 2013 Procurement Conference: Warrensburg

Save the date: Don't miss the 25th annual Procurement Conference, sponsored by Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the MO SBTDC. This is one of the country's premier conferences on procuring government contracts.

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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
Wed., Mar. 20
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - St. Louis
Thur., Mar. 21
  • Social Media Secrets & Strategies - Springfield
  • Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks - Kansas City
  • MO STEP=UP Why Export? - Cameron
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Fri., Mar. 22
  • Business Summit 2013 - Lebanon
  • What Health Reform Means for Your Small Business - St. Louis
Tue., Mar. 26
  • E-Learning Workshop - Kansas City
Wed., Mar. 27
  • 2013 Lake Business Conference - Osage Beach
  • Advanced QuickBooks - Warrensburg
  • HR for Small Business: Avoiding the Landmines - Kimberling City
Thur., Mar. 28
  • The Science of Delegation (Learn it, Live it, Leadershop series) - Rolla
  • Veterans Enterprise Forum - Joplin
Fri., Mar. 29
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Tue., Apr. 2
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Wed., Apr. 3
  • Business Essentials: Understanding Financial Statements for Informed Executive Business Decisions - Columbia
Thur., Apr. 4
  • E-Commerce & Internet Marketing - Springfield
Fri., Apr. 5
  • MO STEP=UP Why Export? - Joplin
  • Google Apps for Business - St. Joseph
  • MO STEP=UP Why Export? - Springfield
Mon., Apr. 8
  • FranklinCovey Workshops: Clarifying Your Team's Purpose and Strategy - Joplin
Tue., Apr. 9
  • Intro. to QuickBooks (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
  • Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest: Social Media Marketing - Lamar
Wed., Apr. 10
  • Intro. to QuickBooks - Jefferson City
  • Funding Technology Through SBIR/STTR - Fort Leonard Wood
View the complete calendar of events for details and registration information.


Learn how to sell to the government

Thur., Mar. 21
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Thur., Apr. 4
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Wed., Apr. 10
  • Fundamentals of Government Contracting "The Bidding Process" - St. Louis
Thur., Apr. 18
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.
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