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Upcoming SBM Events

Top Women Business Owner Awards

02/21/2018 | 11AM - 1PM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel |

Each year SBM highlights the area's top women-owned companies. We've profiled more than 200 over the past 17 years. We bring them together for one luncheon. Event sponsors: Anders; United Healthcare; HireLevel, powered by Extra Help; Ballyhoo Blue Workshop and Winning Technologies. Cost: $50, Tables of 10 are $500. Call 314.569.0076

St. Louis Business Expo

4/10/18 | 11AM - 5PM | St. Charles Convention Center

The Expo is the largest business-to-business conference in Missouri, where 2,000-3,000 professionals come to learn, network and grow their business. The day includes an opening workshop, a full day’s worth of seminars and workshops, an awards luncheon, more than 100 exhibitors and a networking happy hour.  For a booth at the event, contact Pat Coates at 314.569.0076, ext. 109 or email her at  For more information on the Expo, click here.

Top 100 People to Know Awards

4/10/18 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  |

Succeeding in business is a lot about who you know. A group of judges select the Top 100 St. Louisans to Know To Succeed in Business. SBM brings these outstanding individuals to this one event to mingle and share their stories and ideas with other business owners. it is a "must attend" networking event of the year.  Event Sponsor:  Winning Technologies, Liberty One Software and Vistage. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Recent Articles

Selling Your Business?

What Is Your Broker's Responsibility When Selling Your Business?

by Dave Driscoll sell the business, right?  Absolutely, selling the business is the reason you chose your business broker, but there is another equally important responsibility: protecting the seller!
The first objective is obvious. You draw on the reputation, business acumen and experience of the broker and their firm to help you achieve a successful sale. Your business is your largest, single most important financial asset, so the broker’s experience and process count.
The second objective is not as obvious and may be revealed only if your business broker does not recognize that they are charged with the responsibility to protect the seller.
Selling your business requires communicating the story of your company, including its history, market, future opportunities, financial performance, assets and why you are choosing to sell. The broker’s responsibility is to present these specifics to the market at the appropriate time. However, if not done with the utmost care and adherence to a solid process, exposing such details to the market has the potential to damage the business.

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Patience and Reassurance

The Necessity for Patience and Rassurance

by Judy Ryan
The more I work with people who are willing to undergo the courageous work of personal and professional transformation, the more I recognize the critical need for patience and reassurance.
We live in a world where it’s highly tolerated to use shaming in our socialization process. We hear parents, teachers and employers say things like, “You’ve disappointed me,” “What were you thinking?” and “You should be ashamed of yourself” all in an attempt to quickly bring about desired behavior change. Using shame to modify behavior is about as effective as trying to remove one’s finger from a Chinese finger trap, all while shaming becomes internalized. The harder you try to “force” behavior change, the less opportunity for genuine change.
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