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Missouri Business eNews: June 2013
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Success Stories

Mark Twain Cave Complex logo Mark Twain Cave, Inc.: Hannibal

Floods are not normally a good thing, but this multifaceted business reaped valuable lessons from the flood of '08..

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Rockridge Group LLC: Springfield Rockridge Group logo

These partners formed their own firm rather than stand by and watch their jobs disappear.

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News and alerts National Small Business Week 2013  
Advisory board profiles 
 

Profiling the board members who support Missouri's small business:

Transforming Missouri Businesses

Business Reference Guide

Do you know what your business is worth?

Business Reference Guide

Tips

Four ways to make the most of the summer slowdown

Ways to beat the summertime business blues.


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.word of mouth marketing

Five ways to harness word of mouth marketing

Word of mouth marketing can be powerful -- and it's free.

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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.

June 17-21 - National Small Business Week: Branson

The MO SBTDC, University of Missouri Extension, Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and other Branson-area entities offer a week of low-cost seminars -- and a mixer at Copper Run Distillery.
Download flyer (pdf).
Learn more.

June 19 - National Small Business Week: St. Louis

National Small Business Week St. Louis The SBA presents sessions on speed mentoring, taking your business global, finding capital, the Affordable Care Act and more at Harris-Stowe State University.
 
July 30-August 1 - Certified Global Business Professional Exam (CGBP) Training: Columbia

NASBITE CGBP training 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.
Learn more/register online.

August 6-8 - National Veterans Small Business Conference: St. Louis

Don't miss this opportunity for veterans to get up close and personal with procurement decision makers and potential partners, to build their capacity and grow their businesses.

September 16-18 - Missouri Recycling Association Conference: Jefferson City

The 16th annual Missouri Recycling Association Conference offers sessions on recycling and composting, social marketing, green business practices, storm debris management, construction and debris, pertinent legislation and more, with behind-the-scenes sustainability tours of Lincoln University and the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

September 19 - Missouri Technology Expo:
Columbia

Tech Expo 2013 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., June 18
  • Entrepreneurship: Planning, Financing and Starting Your Business - St. Louis
  • Protecting and Restoring Your Credit - Columbia
  • Customer Service Superhero - Branson
  • Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) - Kansas City
Wed., June 19
  • Real World Marketing in Action - Joplin
Thur., June 20
  • Advanced QuickBooks - Harrisonville
  • FastTrac - Listening to Your Business - Hollister
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
Fri., June 21
  • Starting a Business: The First Steps - Caruthersville
Tue., June 25
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
Wed., June 26
  • Why Export? - Columbia
  • Where Do I Want My Business To Go, and How Do I Make It Happen? - Joplin
Tue., July 9
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
Wed., July 10
  • Customer Service: Exceeding Expectations - Buffalo
  • Create Your Own Small Business Website - Joplin
Thur., July 11
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
  • Small Business Tax Workshop - Jackson
Tue., July 16
  • FastTrac New Venture (session 1 of 5) - St. Louis
Thur., July 18
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Jefferson City
Sat., July 20
  • How to Develop and Keep Customers - St. Louis
Wed., July 24
  • Supervision 101 (session 1 of 2) - Jefferson City
  • Small Business Writing Workshop - Jackson
Thur., July 25
  • Finance (session 1 of 2) - Macon
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Tue., July 30
  • Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Training - Columbia
  • FastTrac NewVenture (session 1 of 5) - Kansas City
  • Making Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements - Joplin
View the complete calendar of events for seminar details and registration information.

 

Learn how to sell to the government

Wed., June 26
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
Thur., July 11
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - St. Joseph
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Wed., July 25
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis

View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.

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