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Upcoming SBM Events

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 or click here to purchase tickets.

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: InNovare Law, 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  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


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