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Upcoming SBM Events

Top Women Business Owners Luncheon

02/17/2016 | 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.  Event sponsors: Anders, Ameren, Extra Help, UnitedHealthcare and Winning Technologies. 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. 

St. Louis Business Expo

04/12/16 | 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.

Top 100 St. Louisans to Know Awards

04/12/16 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

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 the "must attend" networking event of the year.  The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual.  Event sponsors: St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and Winning Technologies.Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Family Business Awards

06/22/2016 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

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. The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual.  Event sponsors: CMA and Winning Technologies. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076



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This month, we’ll dig into ways to reward your team. “Rewards” doesn’t necessarily mean cash, although cash is certainly an option. The options are limited only by your imagination. You can reward your people with time off, a trophy, a gift card, a special parking space, lunch with the boss or, well, it’s limited only by your imagination. In fact, all of us are smarter than any one of us. (Yes, even smarter than the boss.) So, tap into the wisdom of the crowd and have the team dream up creative rewards.

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