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Missouri Business eNews: November 2013
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Success stories

ACE Midwest ACE Midwest, LLC - Parkville

How does a cable cross the road?


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Henson Enterprises Inc. - West Plains
Henson Enterprises
Why are veterans 45 percent more likely to be self-employed? MU Extension interviews MO PTAC client and Army veteran Floyd Henson, Henson Enterprises Inc., West Plains, for answers.

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NFIB The National Federation of Independent Business is America's leading small-business advocacy group, dedicated to promoting and protecting your rights.

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Business going green

Top five reasons to go paperless  
Bonus! Top five tips for a paperless office

Carve out some space for the holidays by going paperless.


US flag storefrontEleven organizations that boost veterans' businesses

Resources abound for veteran-owned businesses. Here are 11 in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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The power of thanks

Never underestimate the power of thanking customers and employees for their loyalty.

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IRS logoFive great small business tax breaks that expire Dec. 31

Use 'em or lose 'em!

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Learning around the state
Nov. 18-24 - Global Entrepreneurship Week: Nationwide

Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates innovators and job creators.

Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 - 1 Million Cups: St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia

Have you tried 1 Million Cups, "church for entrepreneurs," held each Wednesday morning in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia?

Shop Small Saturday Nov. 30 - Small Business Saturday: Nationwide

Differentiate yourself from mega-stores by throwing a memorable event this year.
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Dec. 5 - Protecting Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace: Kansas City

Learn how to develop a strategy to protect your IP assets from theft.

Upcoming deadlines
Dec. 16 - Letter of intent deadline for new SBIR and STTR grants

New SBIR and STTR grants announced; letter of intent due Dec. 16, application deadline Jan. 4, 2014.

Dec. 31 - Global Market Access Program deadline

DED program offers export-oriented small businesses up to $12,000 for international trade shows, missions, other events.

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Tue., Nov. 19
  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • Writing a Business Plan: The First Step to a Successful Business - Columbia
  • Making Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements - Joplin
  • Facebook for Business - Pleasant Hill
Wed., Nov. 20
  • QuickBooks for Your Business - Springfield
  • Tax Planning: Getting the Most Out of Every Dollar - Joplin
  • Command Your Cash - Kansas City
Thur., Nov. 21
  • Social Media Secrets & Strategies - Springfield
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City
Wed., Dec. 4
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship - Columbia
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield
Thur., Dec. 5
  • E-Commerce & Internet Marketing - Springfield
Fri., Dec. 6
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Tue., Dec. 10
  • Entrepreneurship: Planning, Financing and Starting Your Business - St. Louis
  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • Internet & Digital Marketing - Columbia Intro. to QuickBooks (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
Wed., Dec. 11
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin
Thur., Dec. 12
  • Intro. to QuickBooks - Joplin
View the complete calendar of events for seminar details and registration information.
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Thur., Nov. 21
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs
Wed., Dec. 4
  • Selling to the Government - Joplin
Thur., Dec. 5
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Thur., Dec. 12
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - St. Joseph
Thur., Dec. 19
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Blue Springs

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