Missouri Business Events: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Missouri Business Events provides a weekly look at conferences, classes, 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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WiSTEMM Meets Wall Street with Mary Ann Bartels

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Central Exchange (1020 Central St., Kansas City)

Join us for a fireside chat with Mary Ann Bartels, Chief Investment Officer of Portfolio Solutions, Merrill Lynch, who has been travelling the country as part of the campaign A Transforming World. Mary Ann will discuss the five forces of global change — People, Innovation, Markets, Government, and Earth. She will also discuss how the increase in technological innovation we’ve experienced is shaping our economies and creating investment opportunities.

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Independence Chamber Mini Business Expo

9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Independence Center (18813 E. 39th St., Independence)

The Mini-Business Expo is designed for businesses who want to get their products in front of potential consumers to help grow their customer base. 30-35 businesses will have an opportunity to show what they do and how others can benefit from their business with 6 t 3 foot table top displays and a constant flow of foot traffic.

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Motivated to Succeed

1 p.m.-5 p.m. at 3950 Newman Road, Joplin

Learn what drives you and how that affects your relationships with employees, colleagues, and business partners. In business, your relationships are important to your success. In order to lead your business to succeed you need to equip yourself with this essential tool. Presented in partnership with Van & Tammy Benson, Motive Matters. Each participant will need to take an online assessment prior to the training. Limit of two from any one company.

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Operation First Step

6 p.m.-9 p.m. at SBTDC – UMKC (4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City)

Do you dream of owning a business? Operation First Step can help you turn your dream into a reality. The Operation First Step program is used in more than 100 locations across the U.S. to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business, even when they have little or no business background. Develop a startup plan that will help you not only start, but succeed in, business.

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Lean Startup: Basics

6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at SEED$ (5 Municipal Drive, Park Hills)

An introduction to a vastly improved process to create and launch successful new products and businesses. Lean Startup philosophies are changing the way startups do business and existing companies build new products across the globe. The Basics introduces entrepreneurs to the tools to minimize risk by systematically building products customers want. It is ideal for individuals with startup ideas, startup aspirations, creative and technical individuals exploring entrepreneurship, highly energized and motivated, and experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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American Business Women’s Association: Connecting You and Your Business 

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd., Leawood, Kan.)

In efforts to grow and connect you and your business, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) has a day dedicated to all aspiring, established small business owners and entrepreneurs. Join us for one or both sessions with JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s Your Business in the Morning, or Michele Markey, VP of Kauffman FastTrac. A day of great expert ideas awaits you.

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Master Leadership Class with Shep Hyken

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd., Leawood, Kan.)

FOCUS St. Louis is offering a Master leadership class with New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Shep Hyken. Breakfast will be served, and each participant will receive a copy of Shep’s latest release, Amaze Every Customer Every Time.

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Business Frontline of St. Louis Networking Group 

8 a.m.-9 a.m. at Chris’s Pancake House (5980 Southwest Ave., St. Louis)

Are you looking to grow your business? Well, you have come to the right place. We are a Business networking group that meets on Wednesday.

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1 Million Cups Columbia

9 a.m.-10 a.m. at REDI (500 E. 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 a.m.-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 a.m.-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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Business Planning Development

6 p.m.-9 p.m. at 11333 Big Bend Road, St. Louis

An intensive, four-session, individually customized course designed to provide new aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to create a solid business plan. Experienced business facilitators/coaches will guide group sessions, and share practical experiences to enhance your business.

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American Business Women’s Association National Women’s Leadership Conference

Starts Wednesday in Overland Park, Kan.

For 65 years, ABWA’s biggest networking event of the year has provided women with inspiration and empowerment to become their best selves, and in turn, make a difference in both their communities and the world. You’ll also experience three days of intense instruction, inspirational speakers, peer recognition, fabulous entertainment, and good old-fashioned fun. Plus, you won’t want to miss ABWA’s marketplace—full of exhibitors and business resources. It’s a great place to make new connections every day at the national conference.

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Public Policy Up Close Speaker Series: John Ashford

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza (401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City)

John Ashford, whom the Kansas City Star once called a “political king-maker” is a Missouri native who understands how the heartland looks at elections, leaders and campaigns. America’s largest corporations have looked to John for years to predict election outcomes and impacts. Now the Kansas City Chamber brings him right to you for the most up-to-date look at what the nation will be talking about Nov. 6.

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Financing Your Technology-Based Business

8 a.m.-noon at SBTDC Offices Training Room (500 E. Walnut St., 103, Columbia)

Have a technology business but don’t know where to find funding or the best way to acquire it? Then this workshop is for you. This introductory seminar explains how to win SBIR (Small Business Initiative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) grants from federal programs that provide research and development funds for small businesses. You will learn how to find grants, how to apply, and the best strategies to gain funding for your growing technology business.

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Operation JumpStart

9 a.m.-4 p.m. at SBTDC at Southeast Missouri State University (920 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau)

Operation JumpStart, a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model for individuals considering starting or expanding a business. Participants will learn essential business planning and preparation skills such as product pricing, legal structure, competition marketing and cash flow management.

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Developing Financial Projections for Your Business

9:30 a.m.-noon at the SCORE Kirkwood Office in the PNC Bank Building (333 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood)

Whether you are seeking to grow a new or existing business, having a good handle on the numbers is essential. This workshop provides an introduction to the world of financial projections for small business and how leading capabilities can be applied in small company settings. We will also introduce attendees to helpful tools such as spreadsheet programs and templates.

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