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Business Development Program turns 50
BDP celebrates 50 years
"Extension's crown jewel" -- University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program celebrates 50th anniversary

It's a very young and dynamic 50.

Special report
Ferguson, Mo. recovery
St. Louis SBTDC aiding Ferguson recovery

St. Louis partners continue dedicated work to temper long-lasting effects of unrest.

Success stories
Where are Logboat, K12itc and Accurate Rx now
Where are they now?
Logboat Brewing - Columbia
Accurate Rx Pharmacy - Columbia
k12itc, Inc. - Kansas City

Garnering even more kudos and awards.

A-Plus Contractors
A-Plus Contractors LLC - Saint Charles

"The St. Louis SBTDC is really good at what they do. Where we are at today would not be possible without them."

Etegra, Inc. - Olivette

How can a small firm get big? By acting big.

News and alerts
award looks like a lightbulb
MU Extension BDP staff win awards for innovation, service

Awards showcase breadth, diligence and reach of program.

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7
Celebrate manufacturing
National event seeks to inspire current and future generations of manufacturers.

Meet Certify.SBA.Gov
New website streamlines application process for government contracting.

social media and your brand
Using social media to attract top talent

How to make potential employees realize how great it would be to work for you? Social media can help.

accounting paperwork and calculator
4 good reasons to pay attention to your financial practices

There's money in the bank, so why be concerned about those tedious financial practices? Because 50 plus percent of businesses fail in the first five years.

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:
  • 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.

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.

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