May
2016

Missouri Business eNews
MO SBTDC, MO PTAC, Mid-America TAAC, Workforce Program
Transforming Missouri Businesses
MU Extension
3 successful businesses
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Success stories
Heartland Harvest Naturals LLC - Blue SpringsHeartland Harvest Naturals
Meet the carp king of Kansas City.




Public House Brewing Co. - Rolla and St. James
Public House Brewing
They wanted this to be the place for everyone else. They didn't realize just how many everyone elses there were.




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
Missouri small business by the numbers
We're home to nearly 508,000 small businesses, 97.5 percent of all businesses in the state.
Learn more Missouri business statistics.

Missouri workers Jefferson City named No. 4 best small city, St. Louis No. 5 best large city to start a business
In fact Missouri cities rank high on both lists.
Read best places in Missouri to start a small or large business.

Frontenac: Happiest town in America
The Midwest is in general -- the top six are all Midwestern.
Learn about Frontenac, Mo.

PTAC corner
Weitkemper, Waldo earn certificates from The George Washington University; become a better negotiator June 28 or 30.
Read about the Missouri Procurement Assistance Center.

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Tips
cutting through red tape How to break through the red tape and start your own business

You've got a killer idea, the money and the motivation -- now what?



strategy, plan, innovate
What is lean startup methodology and how can small business owners use it?
It starts with minimizing costly inputs and time-consuming planning.
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Upcoming application deadlines/funding opportunities

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 in numerous subject areas, including:
  • Starting a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Business management (including FastTrac)
  • Marketing/sales (including social media/e-commerce)
  • Finance/cash flow/bookkeeping (including QuickBooks)
  • Exporting/international trade
  • Selling to the government
  • HR management/hiring, training, retaining employees
  • Technology grants, IP issues
  • Growing a business
  • Special conferences for women, veterans, more
Visit the small business training calendar, procurement training calendar or international trade training calendar for more events, dates, details and registration information.

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MU Extension
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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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