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Missouri Business Events: March 3-9



Missouri Business Events provides a weekly look at conferences, training sessions, networking events and more for professionals across the state. All descriptions below are courtesy of the events’ organizers.

Check Missouri Business Alert’s event page for a calendar of events beyond this week, and contact us if you would like to add an event to the schedule.


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Tuesday

Business Showcase 2014

9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Executive Center (2200 I-70 Drive Southwest, Columbia)

Join your peers, colleagues and local business owners for an extraordinary day with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The Business Showcase is the Chamber’s premier tradeshow experience! An exciting day-long event designed to give Chamber members a venue to showcase products and services in both a business-to-business and business-to-consumer tradeshow. Exhibits and special attractions make up just part of this event’s draw.

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Exploring Entrepreneurship

5:30-7 p.m. at SBTDC (500 East Walnut, Suite 103, Columbia)

This offering will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. It is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture. Participants will learn about the importance of planning, discuss basic legal and regulatory requirements such as legal structures, licensing and tax form requirements. You’ll also be introduced to marketing and financial basics which will enable you to determine your market and competitive strategy. An aspiring entrepreneur needs to walk through this process and do the work up front before investing hard-earned money and avoid costly mistakes.

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Wednesday

1 Million Cups Columbia

9-10 a.m. at REDI (500 East Walnut, Columbia)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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1 Million Cups Kansas City

9-10 a.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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1 Million Cups St. Louis

9-10 a.m. at KETC (3655 Olive St., St. Louis)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

5:30-8:30 p.m. at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Volker Campus (4747 Troost Ave., Room 114, Kansas City)

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills.

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Thursday

Missouri Networking

Noon-1 p.m. at Old Spaghetti Factory (17384 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield)

Bring 30-40 business cards and buy your own lunch. Speakers sign up from within the group.

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Understanding Financial Statements

1-4 p.m. at SBTDC (500 East Walnut, Suite 103, Columbia)

One of the greatest ways to empower yourself as an entrepreneur is to understand the financials of your business, giving you greater insight and information to act upon. During this course you will learn to identify key business information that is captured on the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. Through case studies, you will learn to calculate several key ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity, profitability, and overall success. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of how to read and interpret financial documents and how to use that information to make informed executive business decisions based on sound financial understanding. This is information you can take back to your business and use right away. This isn’t theory – it’s practical application for real businesses – like yours!

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KCnext Spring 2014 Networking Event

5:30-8 p.m. at Cerner Riverport Campus (Kansas City)

We are raising the stakes at KCnext Networking Events this year. While you mingle with hundreds of tech professionals over Boulevard beer and munchies, revisit the good old days when Cerner’s Riverport office was a popular casino. Take on other techies at blackjack, craps and Texas Hold ‘em. Your winnings might even earn you a prize.

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Friday

Advanced to QuickBooks Pro

9 a.m.-4 p.m. at State Fair Community College, Stonecrest Mall, Computer Lab Room 127 (3797 Osage Beach Pkwy., Suite C2, Osage Beach)

The Advanced level class will focus on the expanded reporting capabilities of QuickBooks, importing and exporting data to Microsoft Excel, setting up and tracking inventory, tracking job costs, and setting up opening balances in equity accounts.

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Friday-Sunday

SXSW Interactive 2014

All day (Austin, Texas)

The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March 2014 for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

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