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International trade success stories

The International Trade Center (ITC), a partnership of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program, Missouri Small Business Technology & Development Centers (MO SBTDC) and the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business, seeks to promote economic development and aid in the international decision-making of Missouri businesses, while providing University of Missouri students, tomorrow's business leaders, good opportunities for experiential learning. See our article on the ITC.

While impact data is still being collected, ITC clients report an astonishing 900 percent increase in export sales in just two years. Here are a few of their stories.
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BeWell Health, LLC - Columbia

Ancient Hindu practice updated for 21st century health.

man eating from Silgan container Silgan Plastic Food Containers - Union

You probably used a Silgan PFC food container today, and with ITC help, people globally soon will, too.
Read about Silgan PFC's success.

Charles Tool Company's parts Charles Tool Company, LLC - Eminence

How do you tell if foreign companies making inquiries are legit?

To see how your firm can benefit from ITC expertise, contact director Larry Dill at 573-882-7626 or email itc@missouri.edu.
News & alerts
IRS roundup February 2016
Flood victims have until May 16 to file, agency extends due dates for health care forms.
Read this IRS update affecting tax returns.

business success Small businesses stats
Statistics point to a good 2016 for small business owners.
Get the new small business stats.

Kansas City is tops in investment
Study shows St. Louis isn't too shabby, either, at No. 5.
Read about business investment activity.

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Missouri tourism hits $12 billion
Governor's office says 40.4 million visitors, mostly neighbors, sets new record.
Read about the successful tourism industry in Missouri.

Missouri Office of Administration streamlines M/WBE certification process
Making it easier for women and minorities to do business with the state.
Read about M/WBE certification in Missouri.

Start with security - A guide for business 10 Federal Trade Commission cybersecurity tips

Based on real mistakes from real companies you've done business with.

woman looking out winter window Entrepreneurs and the winter blues

Being the captain of your own ship can be stressful, especially in winter.

Learning around the state

The BDP offers and supports a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.
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 and 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, procurement training calendar or international trade training calendar for more events, dates, details and registration information.

Mid-America TAAC
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Economic impact numbers reveal $119 of return for every $1 invested
economic impact From 2013 through 2015, the MU Extension Business Development Program assisted Missouri firms in creating or retaining 24,180 jobs, increasing sales by $439 million, acquiring investments of $419.6 million and winning government contracts of $1.4 billion. BDP is a solid return on investment, creating $119 of economic impact for every $1 invested and creating one job for every $930 in total funding. Read more about BDP impact.

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

Do you have a topic to share with your fellow small business owners? Is there a topic you'd like to learn more about? Please send ideas to our editor Neal Fandek at FandekN@missouri.edu.

For more information about doing business in Missouri, visit the website at MissouriBusiness.net or contact a business development specialist or procurement specialist at one of our centers to receive confidential assistance tailored to your needs.

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