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Missouri Business eNews: April 2013
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Custom ultrasound center takes clients into the fourth dimension.

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Nanova Inc.: Columbia
Hao Li of Nanova Inc.

Update: Nanova Inc., profiled in 2008, is closer to commercialization with nearly $7 million in investment announced in late March.

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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.

April 18 - Pitching to Investors: Kansas City

Learning what investors want to see before investing in your company is crucial. Where are you now as a company? Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years? What's the ROI for investors?

May 31 deadline - MADE in Missouri Competition: Sedalia

The fourth annual Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) in Missouri Competition, open to new business owners, promotes and celebrates business in Missouri.

May 31 - 2013 Procurement Conference:

2013 Procurement Conference 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.

June 5-7 - National Center for Economic Gardening 11th Annual National Conference: Kansas City

"Nurturing Entrepreneurs, Growing Economies," the National Center for Economic Gardening's 11th annual national conference.

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Small business training
Wed., April 17
  • Social Media Marketing for Small Business - Columbia
Thur., April 18
  • Pitching to Investors - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Fri., April 19
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Mon., April 22
  • MO STEP=UP Why Export? - Jefferson City
Tuesday, April 23
  • Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) - Kansas City
  • How to Control Cash Flow - West Plains 
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jackson
  • Supervision 101 - Mexico
Wed., April 24
  • How to Control Cash Flow - Kimberling City
  • MO STEP=UP Why Export? - St. Charles
  • Business Essentials: Precision Target Marketing - Columbia
  • Writing a Business Plan: The First Step to a Successful Business - Columbia
  • Understanding Financial Statements - Jefferson City
Thur., April 25
  • Bridging the Generation Gap (LEARN It, LIVE It Leadershop series) - Rolla
  • Sources of Finance: For Business Start-Up or Expansion - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Create Your Own Small Business Website - Joplin
Mon., April 29
  • SBA Loans: Keys to Your Financial Success - St. Louis
  • FranklinCovey Workshops: Leading Across Generations - Joplin
Tue., April 30
  • Predicting Future Cash Needs - West Plains
  • Making Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements - Joplin
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
Wed., May 1
  • Rev Up Your Relationships, Referrals & Revenues with Email Marketing (morning or afternoon session) - Columbia
  • Customer Service: Taking Care of Customers - Mexico
  • How to Control Cash Flow - Jefferson City
  • Credit Building Workshop - Sikeston
Thur., May 2
  • FastTrac - Planning & Growing a Business Venture (session 1 of 10) - Portageville
View the complete calendar of events for details and registration information.


Learn how to sell to the government

Thur., April 18
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs

Thur., May 2

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City

Thur., May 9

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - St. Joseph

Wed., May 22

  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis

Thur., May 23

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs

Fri., May 31

  • 2013 Procurement Conference - Warrensburg

View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.

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