January
2015

Missouri Business eNews
MO SBTDC, MO PTAC, Mid-America TAAC, Workforce Program
Transforming Missouri Businesses
MU Extension
MU Extension Business Development Program 
successful Missouri businesses
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MO PTAC impact
PTAC
MO PTAC specialists helped boost Missouri businesses' bottom line

The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), a BDP program, helped Missouri clients secure 4,453 government contracts totaling more than $349 million and creating or retaining an estimated 6,990 jobs in 2014. Read the MO PTAC report.

Two of this month's St. Louis success stories, ALL Solutions Inc. and Habitata Building Products, LLC, share glowing reviews of how MO PTAC helped. (See the first and second success stories below.)

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Success stories
Michelle Sherod of ALL Solutions
Accounting Legal & Logistics Solutions Inc. dba ALL Solutions Inc. - St. Louis

Government contracting specialist Carolyn Jones helps owner of strategic analysis firm land DLA contract worth up to $3 million.
Read about ALL Solutions.


Habitata Building Products, LLC dba Halcyon Shades - St. Louis (Where are they now?)

Habitata president gives major props to BDP for multiple government contracts, funds for website redesign and marketing, resulting in profitable year, hiring new employees.


EnCircle Technologies - Columbia
EnCircle Technologies
(Photo/Jackie Wiehe)

Business counselor Collin Bunch dives in with business planning, research, crowdfunding, marketing advice and community engagement to help firm train individuals with autism.
Read about EnCircle Technologies.


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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
SBA, MO SBTDC, other agencies unite to rebuild Ferguson
St. Louis area contractors Agencies join forces to help 100 businesses recover.
Read about agencies helping Ferguson.

IRS standard mileage rate up for 2015
Agency raises rate from 56 to 57.5 cents per mile.
Read about the IRS mileage rate for 2015.

SBA posts FY 2014 loan record
Agency's flagship 7(a) program approves $20 billion in loans.Mo minimum wage $7.65
Read about SBA's 7(a) loan program.

Missouri minimum wage increase
Wage rises 15 cents for 2015.
Read about the minimum wage increase.
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Tips
What marketing trends will 2015 bring?
Ring Project gesturing

It's well beyond wearable tech.
- By Nick Rojas

New year's resolution: Go green!

Go green in 2015 Here are 10 tips to start the new year right and save money, too.
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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.

MO SBTDC
Mid-America TAAC
PTAC logo
Economic impact numbers reveal $105 of return for every $1 invested
From 2012 through 2014, the programs within the Business Development Program assisted clients in creating more than $2 billion in economic impact, including creating or retaining 27,170 jobs, increasing sales by $643 million, acquiring investments of $661 million and winning government contracts of $809 million. Read more about BDP impact.

Contact a BDP specialist near you and learn how to transform your business.
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