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Upcoming SBM Events

Top Women Business Owner Luncheon

02/18/15 | Hilton Frontenac Hotel | Presented by Northwestern Mutual   

This is your chance to meet and have lunch with St. Louis' Top Women Business Owners and learn what it takes to become one of the Best.
Each year SBM highlights the area's top women-owned companies.  We've profiled more than 300 over the past 22 years.  Now, we're bringing them all together for one luncheon.  Meet and have lunch with the area's top women business owners and learn how they became some of the most successful entrepreneurs in St. Louis.
The Keynote Panel of the top St. Louis Women Business Owners will inspire the audience as they share their best practices and experiences with the guests in attendance.
Presented By: Northwestern Mutual
Sponsored By:  Anders, Extra Help and Winning Technologies

Please click here to purchase your ticket.

St. Louis Business Expo

04/08/15 | 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 thir 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, seminars and booth pricing, click here.  Cost is FREE to attend.  Click here to register.

Top 100 People To Know Award Luncheon

 04/08/15 | 11AM - 1PM | St. Charles Convention Center  | Presented by Northwestern Mutual 

Succeeding in business is a lot about who you know.  A group of judges selected the Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business.  Small Business Monthly brings these outstanding individuals to this one event to mingle and share their stories and ideas with other business owners.  Cost:  $50, Tables of 10 are $500.  Call 314.569.0076, or click here to order your tickets online.




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