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Missouri Business eNews: May 2013
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Walkers of Magic Touch Cleaning Magic Touch Cleaning, Inc.: Lee's Summit

It's not easy being green, but it can be profitable.

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Mastering financials spelled the difference between success and failure for this Columbia firm.

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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.

May 31 deadline - MADE in Missouri Competition: Sedalia

Young entrepreneurs or those with young businesses can compete for a $2,500 prize at the fourth annual MADE in Missouri Competition, then present their concept at the Missouri State Fair, Sedalia.

July 30-August 1 - Certified Global Business Professional Exam (CGBP) Training: Columbia

The MO SBTDC and the University of Missouri will host CGBP exam training for business professionals ready to take their international expertise to the next level.

September 19 - Missouri Technology Expo:

Here's your chance to learn about the latest technologies and commercialization and to network with innovators, academia, community and industry partners.

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Small business training
Tue., May 21
  • Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) - Kansas City
Wed., May 22
  • FastTrac - Listening To Your Business - Jefferson City
  • Intro. to QuickBooks Pro - Kimberling City
  • Social Media Marketing for Small Business - Columbia
Thur., May 23
  • HR as Your Partner (LEARN It, LIVE It LEADERshop series) - Rolla
  • Business Performance: Measure, Manage and Succeed - Jefferson City
  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Harrisonville
Wed., May 29
  • Starting a Business: The First Steps - Fort Leonard Wood
Tue., June 4
  • Overview of Microsoft Office 2010 - Joplin
  • Facebook (session 1 of 2) - Holden
Wed., June 5
  • Manage Your Financials - Don't Let Them Manage You - Kansas City
  • Economic Gardening Conference 2013 - Kansas City
Thur., June 6
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Tue., June 11
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 1 (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
Fri, June 14
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Mon., June 17
  • Sources of Finance: For Business Start-Up or Expansion - Jackson
Tue., June 18
  • Entrepreneurship: Planning, Financing and Starting Your Business - St. Louis
  • Intro. to QuickBooks (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
  • Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) - Kansas City
View the complete calendar of events for seminar details and registration information.


Learn how to sell to the government

Wed., May 22
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
Thur., May 23
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Wed., June 5
  • Selling to the Government - Joplin
Thur., June 6
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Wed., June 12
  • Fundamentals of Construction Cost Estimating - St. Charles
Thur., June 13
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - St. Joseph

View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.

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