March
2014

Missouri Business eNews 
University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program
MO SBTDC, MO PTAC, Mid-America TAAC
Transforming Missouri Businesses
MU Extension
three successful Missouri businesses
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Success stories
Lumate
Lumate, LLC - St. Louis and Rolla

Tech company boldly goes into the final advertising frontier -- mobile devices.

SCD Probiotics - Kansas City

SCD Probiotics Matthew Wood had a strong incentive to improve health and the environment -- his mother, who died of cancer when he was just 18.

Hufft Projects, LLC - Kansas City
Where are they now? Hufft Project architecture

Internationally acclaimed design firm Hufft Projects, LLC, profiled here last year, will relocate to Roanoke Park and hire 12 employees



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News & alerts
St. Joseph is U.S.' seventh-fastest growing metro area
Report points to healthy agricultural sciences and animal health industries and predicts substantial construction growth.
Read more about growth in St. Joseph.

Affordable Care Act update
Employer mandate postponed until 2016, coverage not required for volunteers and seasonal employees.
Read this ACA update.

Filing season update
Take advantage of these tax credits and other free IRS resources.
Get more tax tips.
Transforming Missouri businesses
James E. (Jim) Thompson
Engineers are indispensable!
Engineers are indispensable to society, Missouri's economy and our very future.

Learn more about engineers and the economy.

- James E. Thompson, dean of the University of Missouri College of Engineering. Used with permission of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Tips
rebranding
7 keys to successful rebranding
The stakes are high and the margin for error slim in rebranding, so it pays to do it right.

Learn about rebranding your business.

- Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity. Used with permission.

What makes employees happy?
If you don't know, better find out before they leave.

Learn how to retain staff by making them happy with their jobs.

- Article reprinted with permission from Ragan.com.

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Learning around the state

The BDP offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.


Small business training

Tue., March 18

  • Starting and Managing a Business - St. Louis

Wed., March 19

  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - St. Louis

Thur., March 20

  • Social Media Secrets and Strategies - Springfield
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City

Tue., March 25

  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City

Wed., March 26

  • Advanced QuickBooks - Marshall

Thur., March 27

  • E-Commerce and Internet Marketing - Springfield
  • Business Profits 2 - St. Louis
  • Pitching to Investors - Kansas City
  • Veterans Enterprise Forum - Joplin
  • What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Missouri Small Business - webinar/online

Fri., March 28

  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit

Tue., April 1

  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship - Columbia

Wed., April 2

  • QuickBooks for Small Business - Columbia

Thur., April 3

  • Micro Loan Program - Columbia

Fri., April 4

  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin

Tue., April 8

  • Intro. to Quickbooks (session 1 of 2) - Joplin

Wed., April 9

  • 2014 Lake Business Conference - Osage Beach
  • Intro. to QuickBooks - Jefferson City
  • Starting and Managing a Business - St. Peters
  • Video Marketing 101: Using YouTube to Grow Your Business - Carthage
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield

For descriptions and registration information, visit the complete course calendar.



Learn how to sell to the government (procurement training)

Thur., March 20

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Springfield

Thur., April 3

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City

Tue., April 8

  • Selling to the Government - Columbia

Thur., April 10

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

Wed., April 16

  • Understanding Government Solicitations - St. Charles


View the complete PTAC training course calendar for details.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers
Mid-America TAAC
Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Economic impact numbers reveal $102 of return for every $1 invested
From 2011 through 2013, the programs within the Business Development Program assisted clients in creating almost $2 billion in economic impact, including creating or retaining 30,383 jobs, increasing sales by $666 million, acquiring investments of $661.9 million, winning government contracts of $608.2 million and obtaining research awards of $16.8 million.

Contact a BDP specialist near you and learn how to transform your business.
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