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Upcoming SBM Events

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.  Keynote Speaker: Best Selling Author Gustavo Grodnitzky, "Culture Trumps Everything." Event Sponsor:  Winning Technologies, Liberty One Software and Vistage. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Click here to purchase your ticket online. Call 314.569.0076

Family Business Awards

6/20/18 | 7:30AM - 9AM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel |

Each year SBM profiles the area's top family-owned businesses. We bring these top family-owned firms together and honor them at this breakfast event. Event Sponsors: Winning Technologies, InNovare Law and CMA. Cost: $35, Tables of 10 are $350. Call 314.569.0076

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by Kathy Cooperman
Are you a coach? A well-known proverb wisely states: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Last week I facilitated an executive team at its annual kickoff meeting. I asked the leaders to describe the best coaches they had worked with. In small groups, they identified characteristics that the most memorable coaches demonstrated day after day. Some recalled sports coaches from school; some reflected on Scout leaders; others mentioned debate or chess coaches. A wide variety of coaches were discussed.
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Think About Selling Your Business Even If You Aren't Selling Your Business

by Dave Driscoll
As a business owner, admitting that you are thinking about selling your business seems like some form of betrayal. How could you consider abandoning something you’ve made so many sacrifices to build? Wouldn’t it be disloyal to yourself, your employees, your customers, your community and your family to sell a company that is an important part of so many lives?
While these are noble concerns, the fact is that every business owner should be thinking about selling the business from the day the company is founded. These five key reasons make avoidance even less appealing:
1. Corporate structure. Determining whether your company should be a C corp, S corp or LLC has significant consequences. C corp owners are usually shocked to learn that the eventual sale of the business will be taxed twice: once at the C corporation level and again at the individual level when the proceeds are distributed to the individual shareholder(s). If your company is already a C corp, you can convert to an S corp, but the transition must be done at least five years before the sale of a business. Collaborate with your accountant to plan ahead now!
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