October
2014

Missouri Business eNews
MO SBTDC, MO PTAC, Mid-America TAAC, Workforce Program
Transforming Missouri Businesses
MU Extension
MU Extension Business Development Program 
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Success stories
Vicki LaRose of Civil Design, Inc.
Civil Design, Inc. - St. Louis

Vicki LaRose is in civil design but her real business is changing lives.


Mark Hall Cabinetry
Mark Hall Cabinetry - Columbia (Where are they now?)

Good things happen when businesses listen to their BDP counselors.
Read the update about Mark Hall Cabinetry.

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For more information about doing business in Missouri, visit the MissouriBusiness.net website 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
Top 9 industries for recent college graduates
new college graduates Many college graduates can't find good jobs. But here are nine fields to start looking.
Read about top industries for new grads.

Small businesses in Missouri to get early access to SHOP marketplace
Sneak peek gives you time to pick the best plan.
Read about the Affordable Care Act SHOP exchange.

Get to know the SBA's 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program
If you're in the 8(a) program, 7(j) could be for you.
Read about SBA's 7(j) program.
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Tips
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20 ways to scare up more business for Halloween

Halloween is a great time for thrills, chills and dollar bills.


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5 reasons to go global and what to know before doing so

Would expanding globally work for your business? Read on to find out.
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Business going green
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10 ways to save money on energy and reduce waste

And boost your image, too: Forbes says 72 percent of consumers would recommend a brand that supports a good cause.



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.

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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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