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Upcoming SBM Events

Future 50 Awards

08/17/2016 | 11AM-1PM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

Celebrate the future of business in St. Louis. We will honor the fastest growing Top 50 businesses in the St. Louis region. We bring the winners together, as well as previous year alumni, for a lunch celebration.  The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual. Event Sponsors:  Winning Technologies, InNovare Law LC and Accupay APS Payroll.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076 


St. Louis Business Expo

10/19/16 | 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

10/19/16 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

Celebrate the top companies in the St. Louis region. Through our reader survey, 50 area businesses are chosen as the Best Businesses in St. Louis. The winning businesses are honored at the luncheon. The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual. Event Sponsors:  Winning Technologies, Delta Dental of Missouri, and United Healthcare. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076 




Recent Articles

Succession Planning 

Five Ways Succession Planning Helps Your Business Grow Now

Dave Driscoll

by Dave Driscoll

Succession or exit planning is usually thought of as a necessary evil to prepare for that eventual day when you turn over your business to a new leader.  But guess what? Succession planning strengthens your business long before you are ready to sell it or transfer to the next generation or key employees. Turns out, many aspects of succession planning will help your business be more profitable and run more smoothly now:

1. Corporate hygiene. Financials. Analyzing profit-and-loss and balance sheet trends monthly or quarterly allows you to correct any issues immediately and capitalize on emerging opportunities. If you look at these numbers only once or twice a year, the cake is already baked! Use the objective feedback provided by your business financials to correct course promptly.

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Customer Service

Customer Service: Skill Or Chance?

Bill Collier

Customer Service: Skill or Chance? Slot machines are a game of chance. Would any reasonable person try to make a case to the contrary? Apparently so. When gambling companies ran a successful attempt to loosen up Missouri’s casino laws in the 1990s, some lawmakers actually tried to make the argument that slots are a game of skill. Huh?

Some things are, by definition, left to chance. Car accidents. Bumping into old friends. And, despite arguments by elected officials to the contrary, slot machines. But not excellent customer service.

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