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Upcoming SBM Events

St. Louis Business Expo

10/24/18 | 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.

Best in Business Awards

10/24/18 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  |

Through our reader surveys, 60 area businesses where chosen (in 14 categories) as the Best Businesses in St. Louis. These businesses will be honored at this special luncheon.  Event Sponsor:  Winning Technologies, Liberty One Software, United Healthcare, Delta Dental of Missouri, Alliance Business Solutions and The Simon Law Firm. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500. Call 314.569.0076. Click here to order tickets.

Top Women Business Owners Luncheon

February 2019 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  |

Each year SBM highlights the area's top women-owned companies. We've profiled more than 250 owners over the past 18 years. We bring them all together for one luncheon. Event Sponsors: Anders; Extra Help; United Healthcare; Ballyhoo Blue Workshop and Winning Technologies. Cost: $55. Tables of 10 are $550. Call 314.569.0076. 

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My business just landed a new customer who broke up with one of our competitors because of broken promises.
I’m not going to name the competitor. That doesn’t matter.
What matters is the lesson about why customers dump businesses.
The customer signed up for our competitor’s service and had some problems with creating and sending the first email.
The customer was willing to work things out with our competitor. He was encouraged when he received an email from the competitor’s CEO.

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Allowing for Emergence in the Face of Uncertainty

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