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Fall St. Louis Business Expo

10/20/15 | 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

10/20/2015 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

Through our reader surveys, 54 area businesses are chosen in 14 categories as the Best Businesses in St. Louis.  These businesses are honored at the luncheon.  Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Event Sponsors:  United Healthcare, Winning Technologies.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Top Women Business Owners Luncheon

02/2016 | 11AM - 1PM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel 

Each year SBM highlights the area's top women-owned companies.  We've profiled more than 300 in the past 20 years.  We bring them all together for one luncheon.  The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500. If you would like to nominate a deserving Top Women Business Owner, click here. Call 314.569.0076 for your seat. 


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Low-Cost Marketing Strategies

Here Are The Best Six Bootstrap Strategies

Ryan McMullen

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to build your business with Nike’s, Apple’s or Anheuser-Busch’s marketing budget? Unfortunately, as small-business owners, we sometimes have to use low-cost strategies to get our message out there. I’ve polled a number of my fellow local marketers to see what has worked for their clients and compiled the best six bootstrap strategies.

This could easily be a list of 25, but I really like these six because each one is very inexpensive and extremely easy to implement. As with all marketing, don’t give up on it too quickly. If you try Craigslist and you don’t get a call the very first day, that’s OK. All marketing works to a certain degree, so allow it the time it needs to prove its effectiveness.

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Know Your Numbers 

Why Running Your Business By The Numbers Can Be The Difference Between Success And Failure

Bill Collier

The most basic purpose of any business is to generate profit and cash. So it’s critical to have systems in place to track results on a timely basis. Knowing the checkbook balance is good. But that knowledge by itself won’t keep your ship afloat, much less pointed in the right direction.

Of course, timely data entry and monthly reports are key to making this work. If you’re getting your reports weeks after the month closes, that is a problem that needs to be tackled.
In fact, once accounting software is in place, the only thing required for real-time financial reporting is real-time data entry.
Regardless of the size or age of your business, running it by the numbers can be the difference between success and failure.

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The Law of the Beehive

Drones Create New Legal Buzz

James G. Nowogrocki

Coming soon to the sky near you may be a modern-day honeybee, aka an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the official name of a "drone."UAVs have made an important appearance at each of these recent events: The great Boston blizzard of 2015, A fire at a peanut factory in Georgia, Journalism classes at the University of Missouri.

And now the law is evolving to catch up to technology, which introduces a nest of important issues concerning privacy, security and commercial freedoms. That contrasts with the simple origins of a drone, the male honeybee who, unlike worker bees, needs not worry about gathering nectar or pollen. By the 16th century, "drone" referred to lazy individuals, too.

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