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Missouri Business eNews: July 2013
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MU Extension's SBTDC business development specialists help company develop international markets.

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Q: What do you do when you lose a wheelchair?
A: Create one-of-a-kind wheelchair covers and start a conversation with the world..

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Business going green

10 money-savings tips to keep your business cool this summer

Nearly half of all commercial electricity use occurs in the summer.

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How to recruit the best seasonal employees

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Seven summer marketing tips that won't break the bank

Summertime, and the marketing can be easy.

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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.

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

MORA Annual Conference 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 - Women's Leadership Conference: Joplin

2013 Women's Leadership Conference to be held in Joplin.

September 19 - Missouri Technology Expo:

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.

October 22 - Construction Business Management: Kansas City

Learn how to grow your construction business with this six-module course offered at UMKC.

October 24-26 - Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference: Kansas City

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers' annual conference, which allows university-based entrepreneurship centers to share best practices, will be held at "the most entrepreneurial corner on earth" at UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

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Small business training
Tue., July 16
  • FastTrac New Venture (session 1 of 5) - St. Louis
Wed., July 17
  • Social Media Webinar - Cape Girardeau
Thur., July 18
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Jefferson City
Sat., July 20
  • How to Develop and Keep Customers - St. Louis
Tue., July 23
  • Finance (session 1 of 2) - Macon
Wed., July 24
  • Supervision 101 (session 1 of 2) - Jefferson City
  • Small Business Writing Workshop - Jackson
Thur., July 25
  • Pitching to Investors - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
  • Crowdfunding from an Expert - West Plains
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
Wed., July 31
  • Facebook for Business (session 1 of 2) - Warrensburg
  • Sources of Finance: For Business Start-Up or Expansion - New Madrid
Sat., Aug. 3
  • Writing the Business Plan - St. Louis
Mon., Aug. 5
  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Warrensburg
Wed., Aug. 7
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship - Columbia
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield
Thur., Aug. 8
  • Marketing Your Business Locally - Buffalo
  • Google Apps Workshop - Kansas City
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Jefferson City
Fri., Aug. 9
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Warrensburg
Tue., Aug. 13
  • Entrepreneurship: Planning, Financing and Starting Your Business - St. Louis
  • Technology Development & Commercialization - Sikeston
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
View the complete calendar of events for seminar details and registration information. 


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Learn how to sell to the government

Wed., July 25
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
  • Doing Business with GSA - St. Louis
Thur., Aug. 15
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Thur., Aug. 22
  • Selling to the Government - St. Louis
Tue., Sept. 17
  • Selling to the Government - Joplin

View the complete PTAC training events listing for details.

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