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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; 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. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Recent Articles

Honoring A One-Of-A-Kind Mentor

SCORE Honors The Late Carl Trautmann at Its Annual Awards Luncheon

by Ron Ameln
No one epitomizes the work of the nonprofit group SCORE more than the late Carl Trautmann. As a mentor, Trautmann helped hundreds of St. Louis area businesses grow their enterprises. A former Project Business Manager for McDonnell Douglas, Trautmann had been active in SCORE from his retirement in 1988 through his death in March of this year.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Thanks to its network of volunteers, the organization is able to deliver its services at no charge or at very low cost.
In Trautmann’s honor, the first Annual Trautmann Award was presented to Dana Connon. The award will be presented each year to the SCORE volunteer who epitomizes the passion and dedication to helping others as Trautmann did for many years.

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The Power of Mentoring

Through Positive Mentoring, You Ensure The Best Competitive Advantage You Can Have

by Judy Ryan
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

In my work with clients, I help them let go of control methods like being autocratic, dangling carrots (incentives), using pressure through judgment and pampering — all attempts to elicit good behavior through extrinsic motivation.
While these can all “work” at times, (like pointing a gun at someone might get them to empty their wallet), they cost us greatly. Instead, at LifeWork Systems, we promote a model that purposely develops intrinsic motivation within employees and transfers responsibility to them so they effectively manage their own relationships, motivation and productivity. A huge part of this involves monthly mentoring.
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