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Success stories
Lisa Garney, president of LMG Construction Services
LMG Construction Services, LLC, LMG Professional Services, LLC - Kansas City

Lisa Garney's CV reads like a superheroine's: Construction supervisor and jack-of-most trades, attorney, pilot, White House intern, London School of Economics graduate, Corps of Engineers-certified quality control manager, master plumber. Plumber?

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EyeVerify, LLC - Kansas City (Where are they now?)

"Eyeprinting" BDP client lands on Main Street.
Read the update about EyeVerify with a bonus video.


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
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Myths and reality
SNAP The overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients who can work do work.
Read about SNAP myths and reality.

MU Extension program is state's best-kept economic development secret
In the past three years, the BDP has presented educational opportunities to more than 36,000 business owners and entrepreneurs.
Read about BDP training and assistance.

Google My Business!
Google My Business Free new web service makes it easier for customers to connect to your business.
Read about Google My Business.

Top 6 industries for women
What are the top six industries for women? It's not what you'd expect.
Read about the top industries.

Federal government meets small business contracting goal
Contract with cash and calculator Feds says they've met 23 percent goal for the first time in eight years.
Read about federal contracting goals.

Columbia No. 6 for business and careers, St. Louis No. 2 for starting a new business
Forbes hails Columbia as sixth-best 'small place' for business and careers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks St. Louis second best in starting new businesses.
Read about Columbia and St. Louis for business.

MU College of Engineering and BDP announce recipients of MU Extension Scholarship in Engineering Entrepreneurship
New $2,000 scholarship seeks to strengthen ties between the BDP and College of Engineering while growing entrepreneurial talent pool.
Read about the scholarship recipients.

Isabel Eisenhauer promoted to assistant director of MSU SBTDC
After being named State Star in June.
Read about Eisenhauer.

The BDP welcomes four new employees
New business counselors bring expertise to Cape Girardeau, Warrensburg, Blue Springs and Springfield areas.
Read about the new counselors.
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7 ways to prepare for the 2014 retail holiday season

The holidays are just around the corner -- are you ready?

5 tips to increase trust in the workplace, 4 tips on creating a culture of winning

Studies suggest trust in business is at an all-time low -- here's how to increase trust, plus four tips on creating a winning business culture.

Upcoming application deadlines
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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