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Upcoming SBM Events

Future50 Business Awards

8/22/18 | 7:30AM - 9AM | Hilton Frontenac Hotel |

Celebrate the top companies in the St. Louis region and the companies to watch in the future. We bring the winners together, as well as previous year alumni for this special luncheon. Event Sponsors: Winning Technologies, LibertyOne Software, InNovare Law and Vistage. Cost: $35, Tables of 10 are $350. Call 314.569.0076

St. Louis Business Expo

10/24/18 | 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.

Best in Business Awards

10/24/18 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  |

Through our reader surveys, 60 area businesses where chosen (in 14 categories) as the Best Businesses in St. Louis. These businesses will be honored at this special luncheon.  Event Sponsor:  Winning Technologies, Liberty One Software, United Healthcare, Alliance Staffing Services and The Simon Law Firm. Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500. Call 314.569.0076

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