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Upcoming SBM Events

St. Louis Business Expo

10/24/17 | 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

10/24/17 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  |

Through our reader surveys, 50 area businesses were chosen (in 14 categories) as the Best Businesses in St. Louis. Those businesses are honored at the luncheon. Event Sponsors:  Winning Technologies, Delta Dental of Missouri and United Healthcare. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Top Women Business Owner Awards

02/2018 | 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; and Winning Technologies. Cost: $50, Tables of 10 are $500. Call 314.569.0076

Recent Articles

Shameful Email Marketing

Shameful Email Marketing Tactics You Should Avoid

by Tom Ruwitch

What’s the worst email marketing advice you’ve ever received? I saw that question on an online forum and spent a few entertaining minutes touring this email marketing hall of shame. Sadly, every exhibit in the hall exposed tactics that many marketers continue to employ — to their detriment.
If you want to master email marketing, maximize your marketing return on investment and minimize mistakes that will undermine your business, join me on a brief tour of this hall of shame and note the exhibits in your “Things Not to Do” playbook:
Shameful Tip No. 1: Build your list by buying emails.

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The Cruelest Words

The Cruelest Three Words: "Get Over It!"

by Judy Ryan
In my work, the greatest setbacks and arrested development of people are connected with a preponderance of intolerance of imperfection, human growth and evolution, including mistakes and failures. A common way many deal with the pain and darkness in life is to say, “Get over it!”
This is a bad idea because we all need to be heard and validated in our pain and mistreatment. When we are dismissed and discussion is avoided or we are shamed, pain gets stuck within us. This happens because many people don’t make listening and validating pain and mistreatment a priority, or do it enough or at all, and that harms many.

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