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Upcoming SBM Events

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  For more information on the Expo, click here.

Best In Business Awards

10/20/2015 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

Through our reader surveys, 54 area businesses are chosen in 14 categories as the Best Businesses in St. Louis.  These businesses are honored at the luncheon.  Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Event Sponsors:  United Healthcare, Winning Technologies.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076

Top Women Business Owners Luncheon

02/2016 | 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.  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. 


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