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Success stories
Tommy L. Davis, Jr. of TD4 Electrical
TD4 Electrical, LLC - St. Louis

What do St. Louis' gleaming new Ballpark Village, its new art museum addition, the Iowa State Cyclones, the NFL's all-time top rusher Emmitt Smith, IBM and the rain have in common?

touring Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal
Mark Twain Cave - Hannibal (Where are they now?)

BDP helps make this business much more than a hole in the hillside.
Read the update with a video about Mark Twain Cave.


For more information about doing business in Missouri, visit the website or contact a business development specialist at one of our centers to receive confidential assistance tailored to your needs.
News & alerts
President Obama visits Kansas City
KC business owners eat dinner with president, visit White House
BDP client wows White House chief technology officer. Another reportedly steals his fries.
MU Extension Workforce Program: Creating pathways to employment
Missouri's long-term unemployed workers face many challenges. That's where we can help.
BDP provides training for every type and size of business
Stumped about your next move? We can help.
5 growing industries
What are tomorrow's top industries? Here are five candidates.
Prosper women entrepreneurs
St. Louis accelerator announces $50,000 investment in 12 women-led startups
Prosper applications open Sept. 1 for Jan. 2015 startups.
IRS adopts taxpayer bill of rights
New document outlines 10 key provisions.
BDP people in the news
Larry Dill named CGBP Certified Trainer, one of only two in state; Greg Tucker named SBTDC associate director.
Mid-America TAAC
Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center helps 33 manufacturers compete this year
Center implemented 23 contracts last quarter, helped 33 manufacturers in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas boost sales.
SBA announces Supplier Pay
New payment system for small business suppliers to shorten payment times.
Weston Bergmann
Don't quit! It's supposed to take a long time

The average time it takes a company to be successfully liquidated is 6.5 years -- but 99 percent of firms never get acquired and are never liquidated, so pace yourself for the long haul.

woman hauling boulder uphill
5 tips to escape the trap of working harder and accomplishing less

Avoid burnout and get the same amount of work or more done in less time.

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

Learning around the state

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

Educational offerings are available for the following major subject areas:
  • Starting a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Business management (including FastTrac)
  • Marketing/sales (including social media/e-commerce)
  • Finance/cash flow/bookkeeping (including QuickBooks)
  • Winning grants
  • Human resources/hiring employees
  • Growing a business
  • Exporting/international trade
  • Selling to the government
  • Special conferences for women, veterans, government procurement, more
Visit the small business training calendar or the procurement training calendar for more events, dates, details and registration information.

Mid-America TAAC
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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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