July
2014

Missouri Business eNews 
MO SBTDC, MO PTAC, Mid-America TAAC
Transforming Missouri Businesses
MU Extension
University of Missouri Business Development Program 
three Missouri successful businesses
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Success story
Pinckney Bend co-owner Ralph Haynes
Artisan Spirits, LLC DBA - Pinckney Bend Distillery - New Haven

The crafts spirits industry today is like the craft beer industry 20 years ago -- people are tired of the same old same old and thirsty for artisanal local brews like Pinckney Bend's award-winning gin, whiskey, vodka and tonic syrup.

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News & alerts

Missouri receives Gold Shovel award
Show-Me State is one of four states attracting high-value investment.

Justine Petersen is U.S.' No. 2 microlender
Nonprofit group originated more than 340 loans to small business owners last fiscal year, the majority in eastern Missouri.

New Vets Business Resource Center opens in KC
Veterans group adds satellite office for vets in western portion of the state.

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Business going green
Save some green on gasoline this summer saving gasoline

The typical Missouri vehicle uses about 600 gallons of fuel annually, which at today's prices is -- a lot.
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Tips
Summer dress codes: Who, what, wear
hot pink summer sandals
A solid dress code is a good way to ensure your workforce looks professional to clients, and can help avoid harassment claims and disciplinary problems.
 
Read about summer dress codes. (See the special promotion from HRsimple's Missouri Online HR Library.)

- Originally published as "Dress Codes: Who, What, Wear." Used with permission.

You need a vacation!summer vacation

And here's why you should take one.

- Contributed by Kelly Burkart through a partnership with US Bank.

Show me the money!
How to finance your small business 

From banks to family to government loans to crowdfunding, a look at available funding sources for small businesses.

- Contributed by Rayanna Anderson, director, MSU SBTDC in Springfield. First appeared in the Springfield News-Leader and News-Leader.com.
Upcoming application deadline
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


Thur., Aug. 7
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Jefferson City

Sat., July 19 

  • QuickBooks for Beginners - Warrensburg 
Tue., July 22
  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 (session 1 of 2) - Joplin
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • Sources of Finance: For Business Startup or Expansion - Portageville
Thur., July 24
  • Surviving a Layoff and Preparing to Succeed in Your Next Job (session 1 of 2) - Poplar Bluff
  • Managing Your Business for Profits Using Financial Statements - Chesterfield
  • Legal Clinic - St. Louis
Tue., July 29
  • Surviving a Layoff and Preparing to Succeed in Your Next Job (session 1 of 2) - St. Louis & Florissant
  • Mind Your Business: Turning Passions into Profits - St. Louis
  • Certified Global Business Professional Exam Training (3 day course) - Columbia
  • FastTrac NewVenture (session 1 of 5) - Kansas City 
  • Small Business Boot Camp (Accounting/Legal) - Lee's Summit
  • Analyzing & Managing Cash Flow - Joplin
  • Borrower's Workshop - Columbia
Wed., July 30
  • Starting a Business in Missouri - St. Louis
  • QuickBooks for Small Business - Columbia
Thur., July 31
  • Startup Basics - An Intro. to Starting a Small Business - Cape Girardeau
  • Internet & Digital Marketing - Columbia or online
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Fredericktown
Mon., Aug. 4
  • Intro. to Construction Project Management Webinar - Kansas City
Tue., Aug. 5
  • Accounting Basics for Small Businesses - Springfield
  • Operation JumpStart (session 1 of 8) - Cape Girardeau
Wed., Aug. 6
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - St. Louis
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan - Springfield
Thur., Aug.
  • Legal Clinic - St. Louis
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Joplin
Fri., Aug. 8
  • Starting and Managing a Business - Lee's Summit
Mon., Aug. 11
  • Developing Technical & Past Performance Volumes Webinar - Kansas City
Tue., Aug. 12
  • Business Plans: The Key to a Successful Business - Columbia
Thur., Aug. 14
  • QuickBooks for Your Business - Springfield
  • The First Steps to Starting a Business - Kansas City
  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan - Kansas City
  • Starting a Small Business: The First Steps - Jefferson City

View the complete training course calendar for details and registration.


Procurement training
(selling to the government)


Thur., Aug. 7
  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps - Kansas City
Mon., Aug. 11
  • Developing Technical & Past Performance Volumes Webinar - Kansas City
Thur., Aug. 14
  • Selling to the Government: The First Steps - St. Louis
Wed., Aug. 20
  • Doing Business with the Government - St. Charles

View the complete PTAC training course calendar for details and registration.

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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