April
2014

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Transforming Missouri Businesses
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Success stories
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k12itc, Inc. - Kansas City

Brad Sandt looked at the sorry state of education tech and thought, There has to be a better way!

Agrisoft Development Group, LLC - Kansas City

Agrisoft In honor of Earth Day April 22, we present one entrepreneur who's gone really green.

Infinite Energy Construction, Inc. - Kansas CityInfinite Energy Nilson Goes
Where are they now? 

BDP client named Small Business Person of the Year.



For more information about doing business in Missouri, visit the websites at missouribusiness.net or contact a business development specialist at one of our centers to receive confidential assistance tailored to your needs.
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News & alerts
BDP announces $2,000 engineering entrepreneurship scholarship
Scholarship seeks to combine engineering students' talent for entrepreneurship with engineering expertise to create their own employment path.
Read more about the new scholarship.

Spring has finally arrived. Is your business ready? tornado
Spring in Missouri means sunshine, flowers -- and severe weather. Are you ready?
Read more about disaster preparedness.

Missouri a top performing state in federal export program
SBA report ranks Show-Me State first in export sales.
Read more about exporting in Missouri.

Patents rise in Missouri
Patents increase nearly 70 percent from 2008-2013, led by pharmaceuticals and bioscience.
Read more about patents.

OSHA to conduct nearly 38,000 inspections this year
Inspections can last six hours or six months, so it pays to be prepared.
Read about OSHA inspections.

Protect your old PC loaded with Windows XP or Office 2003
Support for outmoded software ceased April 8.
Learn about software options.

IRS update
Are you taking advantage of the small business health care tax credit?
Read about the small business health care tax credit.
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Business going green
Happy Earth Day!
10 ways to green your business in celebration of Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day by increasing your business' energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, reuse and recycling to benefit the environment and your bottom line.

Get all 10 tips to green your business and save.
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Tax tips
7 tax saving strategies for small and home-based businesses, startups and solopreneurs
April 15 may have come and gone, but tax-savings strategies are forever. tax time

Get all seven tax tips.

- Meisa Bonelli, president, Millennial Ventures and Managing Partner of Millennial Tax. Used with permission.

Why missing quarterly tax deposits can devastate your business
April 15 was the second 2014 estimated tax payment deadline -- you didn't miss it, did you?

Read about the importance of tax payments.

- Contributed through a partnership with US Bank; article originally published on Entrepreneur.com.
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

Wed., April 16

  • Understanding Government Solicitations - St. Charles
  • Winning Federal Research Grants: SBIR/STTR Workshop - Kansas City
  • Why Export? - Joplin
  • Understanding Financial Statements - Jefferson City

Thur., April 17

  • Financing Your Technology-Based Business: Winning SBIR/STTR Grants - Columbia
  • E-Commerce - St. Louis
  • Crowd Sourcing Workshop - Kansas City
  • Market Research, Selection & Entry - Where's Your Export Market? - Springfield
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City

Fri., April 18

  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit

Tue., April 22

  • Accounting Basics for Small Businesses - Springfield
  • Affordable Care Act for Businesses and Non-profits - Carl Junction
  • How to Write a Successful Business Plan - Joplin

Wed., April 23

  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • How to Control Cash Flow - Jefferson City

Thur., April 24

  • Understanding Financial Statements - Joplin

Tue., April 29

  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Warrensburg
  • Borrower's Workshop - Columbia

Wed., April 30

  • Predicting Future Cash Needs - Jefferson City

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



Learn how to sell to the government (procurement training)

Wed., April 16

  • Understanding Government Solicitations - St. Charles

Thur., April 17

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Springfield

Thur., May 1

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City

Thur., May 8

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


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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