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Upcoming SBM Events

Leaders In Technology Awards

 05/06/2015 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM | Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

The Leaders in Technology Awards will honor technology innovators, who are actively working to develop new technology, and technology implementors, who are using existing technology to enhance service offerings. Keynote speaker is Travis Sheridan: "Turn Your Company Into An Innovation Machine." Click here for more information on the event and the award winners. Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Sponsor: Winning Technologies. Cost:  $35. Click here to purchase tickets. Call 314.569.0076

Family Business Awards

 06/24/2015 | 7:30AM - 9:00AM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel  | 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. Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Event Sponsors:  Winning Technologies, CMA Business Consulting Services, Lopata, Flegel and Company.  Cost:  $35. Call 314.569.0076 

Future 50 Awards

08/19/15 | 11AM - 1PM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel (presented by Northwestern Mutual)

Celebrating the top companies in St. Louis and the companies to watch in the future. We bring the winners together, as well as previous year alumni, for a lunch celebration. Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Sponsors: Evans & Dixon, Accupay APS Payroll Service, Lopata, Flegel and Company, Winning Technologies.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076.

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 pat@sbmon.com.  


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Stop Wasting Marketing Dollars

The No. 1 Way Marketing People Are Wasting Your Money

Ryan McMullen

How many phone calls, emails and drop-ins does the average small-business owner get on a daily basis from marketing people who are going to change their fortunes? According to my grassroots research, a boatload. Who knew there were so many marketing geniuses out there who are so great at marketing that they have to dial a phone 100 times a day to build their own businesses? Not sure that qualifies as marketing.
With few exceptions, all of these companies are trying to sell only one piece of an overall marketing puzzle. Just like with a real puzzle missing even one piece, you will never grow your business the way you envision it with an incomplete set.

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Employee Training

The Costs And Benefits Of Employee Training

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Here I was catching up with a friend from my previous industry (envelopes) this week, and we began to talk about the days when the rising tide truly carried all boats to profitable waters. We reflected on how we felt like rock stars seemingly incapable of making wrong decisions. Business was growing and clients were ordering more product, which gave us the confidence to order more equipment, hire more people, add on or build new buildings. It was hard not to get swept up in the feeling that we had finally figured it out after years of struggle.
Because we were sales- and marketing-oriented individuals with a healthy dose of entrepreneurial ability, the growth we experienced was a real ego-booster. We mirrored the growth of our customers by making long-term investments in those relationships with capital expenditures. One after another, the capital investments in capacity paid off and created the confidence to add even more. Equipment lead times were measured in years, so for us to continue to grow, the equipment pipeline needed to be full to satisfy anticipated future customer demand. 

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The Law of the Beehive

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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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