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Extension Business Breakfast

  • 8:00am
  • Saint Peters, MO
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Command Your Cash

  • 5:30pm
  • Kansas City, MO
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12
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Where's Your Export Market?

  • 9:00am
  • St. Charles, MO
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12
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2015
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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
Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Course titles may vary based on location. See the listings on this page or visit the full calendar. Some online classes are also available.

Learning around the state

The Business Development Program offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.

♦ March 10-12: Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew! – St. Charles

Midwest Grape & Wine +Craft Brew Conference & Trade Show 2015What’s new in the world of wine and craft brew entrepreneurship? Expert speakers, a trade show expo, introduction to vendors plus networking opportunities will help provide the winning cocktail for success in the craft beverage industry. Learn about successful business practices and growth opportunities when Steven Devlin, BDP director, presents a special session, “Growing the Business Too: Systematic Approaches to Entrepreneurship,” Wednesday, March 11, 9-11 a.m.  This event will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will also feature “wine sensory workshops.”
For the full schedule and to register, visit MidwestGrape.com.

♦ March 18: AgriBusiness Marketing Forum – West Plains

Celebrate National Agricultural Day at this forum, to be held at the West Plains Civic Center’s Redbud Room, 110 Saint Louis St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hear from a variety of speakers about domestic and international agricultural marketing programs available to Missouri businesses and farmers. You’ll also have the chance to meet one-on-one with state representatives and visit the West Plains Farmer’s Market. Early bird tickets $20, ends Feb. 27. General tickets $40.
More information/registration on AgriBusiness Forum.

♦ March 18: 2015 Lake Business Conference – Lake of the Ozarks

Lake Business Conference March 18Don’t miss the 15th annual Lake Business Conference, to be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, on Wednesday March 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Gary Pinkel, MU head football coach since 2001 and the winningest coach in the history of Missouri. Sessions will include how to create a customer and employee friendly business culture; how to add online video to your marketing mix; and how to manage stress. $45 for members of any chamber, CVB, TCLA, Lake of the Ozarks SCORE Chapter, YPL or Heart of the Ozarks PBW; $60 non-members.
More information/registration on Lake Business Conference, or call Jackie Rasmussen at 573-346-2644.

March 23-27: FastTrac New Venture – St. Louis

FastTrac NewVentureFastTrac NewVenture is a proven, energized way to get your proposed company off the ground by exploring the feasibility of your business concept and developing a viable business plan. You will also learn about start-up issues, how to address the competition, legal issues, marketing and financial management. FastTrac participants don’t just learn about business, they work intensively on their business throughout this five-day workshop. Materials and lunch provided. To be held Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1520 Market St., St. Louis. Fee is $795. No cost to dislocated workers; scholarship tuition reduction also available.
Register for FastTrac NewVenture.

♦ March 31-April 2: Triple Regional P2 Roundtable – St. Louis

Triple Regional P2 Roundtable 2015Don’t miss the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable, to be held at the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, for three days of pollution prevention (P2) training and networking, learning new ideas and skills. This innovative and far-reaching roundtable is for anyone interested in pollution prevention — technical assistance and green business recognition program personnel, craft brewers and manufacturers. Includes a tour of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Over the past two years, workshop attendees have reported savings of $1.3 million with reductions of more than 3 million pounds of waste. Fee varies per activity. Hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), and Zero Waste Network.
Get details, schedule and register. Contact Jean Waters at jwaters@unomaha.edu for more information or questions.

♦ April 1-2: InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum – Kansas City

Invest MidwestThe 16th annual, internationally known venture capital conference InvestMidwest will be held April 1-2 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel-Crown Center showcasing up to 45 companies from throughout the Midwest in the life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy industries. Investors from top venture capital firms will also be on hand. The event has helped generate more than $1 billion of investment in the past 15 years.
For more information, to register as an attendee or as a presenter, go to InvestMidwestForum.com.

♦ April 8-9: Essentials of U.S. Export Controls and How to Develop an Export Management and Compliance Program – St. Louis

US Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and SecurityFor the first time in nearly 15 years, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (the agency that writes and enforces export controls) presents two essential export compliance programs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton of Westport Plaza, 900 Westport Plaza, St. Louis. Part 1, Essentials of U.S. Export Controls, to be held April 8; Part 2, How to Develop an Export Management and Compliance Program, April 9. One of only two such series to be presented by the bureau this entire year. $235 each session, $450 for both.
Get more information at missouriexports.com. Register for the export sessions.

April 15-17: NASBITE International Conference – St. Louis

NASBITE International Conference, St. Louis, Mo., April 15-17
The 28th Annual North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE) International Conference, to be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, gathers the nation’s best minds on international trade education. This will include international trade specialists Aldis Jakubovskis, St. Louis SBTDC and Pablo Arroyo, MU Extension Franklin County SBTDC, on “Developing International Financial Projections;” and Kristi Wiggins, international trade specialist, St. Louis U.S. Export Assistance Center, on “Doing Business with China.” $595; group rate $495. Recertification, Export Controls Under the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), train-the-trainer and Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) exam preparation boot camps also available. NASBITE seeks to advance global business practice, education and training through coordination and administration of the CGBP credential, exchange information and resources among global business education and assistance professionals and offer professional development for those engaged in global business education and assistance. An increasing number of BDP personnel have passed the required exam to become CGBP-certified, a benchmark for competency in global commerce.
Get more information or register for the NASBITE Conference.

 May 1: SBIR Road Tour – Columbia

SBIR Road Tour The national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) road tour will stop in Columbia Friday, May 1. This is a mobile, national effort to convey SBIR and STTR technology funding opportunities. Event features federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, groundbreaking technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters. Sponsored by the MO SBTDC.
More information and registration for the SBIR Road Tour.

 ♦ May 18-20: Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference – Pocatello, Idaho

Powering the future of nuclear innovation
This three-day conference will focus on the present and future of the U.S. nuclear energy supply chain, including advances in reactors, fostering innovation in manufacturing techniques, understanding the goals and opportunities of current U.S. energy policy, integrating nuclear energy into the power generation grid alongside fossil fuels and renewables, financing, the latest developments in SMRs, examining domestic and export markets, meeting increased safety requirements, building better communication with citizens and policymakers and more. Includes a tour of the Idaho Accelerator Center, a research facility operated by Idaho State University. Sponsored by Premier Technologies and Westinghouse.
More information, key topics, registration.

♦ May 28: 2015 Procurement Conference

2015 Procurement Conference May 28Save the date
Don’t miss the 26th annual Procurement Conference, to be held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, University Union Building, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Senator Claire McCaskill, the MO PTAC and MO SBTDC. This is one of the country’s premier conferences on procuring government contracts and the largest procurement conference in Missouri. Businesses will have an opportunity to showcase their products and services to government agencies and prime contractors. Please call 573-882-8058 if your company is interesting in hosting a booth at this year’s conference. A limited number of booths are available. Fee is $60.
Registration for 2015 Procurement Conference.

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