Missouri Business Events: May 3-May 10

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.


A full week of events will be held in St. Louis during the Small Business Week from May 4-9. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Small Business Week in St. Louis will feature a variety of events from May 4-9. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Monday

Small Business Lenders Award Luncheon

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac (1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis)

Join the Small Business Administration for lunch as they honor award-winning lenders for their contributions to the small business community. Also hear from our keynote speaker, Jim Fuchs of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Learn more

Regional Labor Stats for the Workweek and Beyond

3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Justine Petersen (1023 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis)

Explore the health of the regional labor market with an up-close look at employment and unemployment in the St. Louis metro area and counties of Eastern Missouri. Presented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Justine Petersen-hosted cocktail reception will immediately follow. Learn more

Integrating Social Media with Your Business & Its Culture

5 p.m.-8 p.m. at SCORE Kirkwood Office (333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis)

Join the workshop held by SCORE to learn the right way to use social media and how you can create social media that people will want to follow. Learn more

CelebraASIAN 12th Annual Gala

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

Come and enjoy networking, savory cuisine, awards, and entertainment. Keynote speaker is Amy Chua. Learn more

Tuesday

KC Small Business Networking

7:15 a.m.-9 a.m. at KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City)

Increase your business opportunities at this monthly small business networking event, hosted by the KC Chamber, with more than 150 other KC professionals — from small to large businesses, government reps, and business resource providers. Learn more

South KC Chamber Morning Mingle

8 a.m.-9 a.m. at Universal Forest Products (3500 E. 149th St. #100, Kansas City)

Meet members of the South KC and Grandview Chambers of Commerce; learn more about Universal Forest Products; hear an update from CenterPoint Properties and Newmark Grubb Zimmer on the development of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. Learn more

SBA Financing Options for Your Business

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.,  Online Webinar 

This class discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends and family, and partnerships. Learn more

Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Recess for Success

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at John Knox Village – Manhattan Room (400 NW. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit)

This workshop is great for anyone that has an interest in learning more about LinkedIn, whether they’ve been on it for years or are just creating a profile.  In this workshop, we’ll go over many tips and tidbits of how you can utilize LinkedIn in your everyday life to make meaningful connections and build your brand. Learn more

Startup Next St. Louis

6 p.m.-8 p.m. at T-REX (911 Washington Ave., St. Louis)

Whether you want to get accepted into a top accelerator program or raise a seed round, this hands-on mentorship program and our network of accelerators and investors can help you get there. Learn more

Small Business Week Match Making Event

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Itenterprises, UMSL Center (4633 World Parkway Circle, Berkeley)

The SBA St. Louis District Office will host a free matchmaking event during Small Business Week. This event allows small businesses the opportunity to hear from federal agencies and prime contractors to learn about potential contracting and subcontracting opportunities. Learn more

Wednesday

Startup Rewind

7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. at Deer Creek Country Club (7000 W. 133rd St., Leawood, Kan.)

The Startup Rewind is a new outlet for entrepreneurs and startup companies. The goal is to get the word out about new companies and ideas, while gaining feedback from the community of business leaders and other entrepreneurs. Learn more

KCIABC May Tech Talks

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at Google Fiber Lounge (1814 Westport Road, Kansas City)

Christa Cooper, of Executive Career Strategies, will facilitate a roundtable discussion about using social media to grow your personal brand. The event is free for members of Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and it’s $10 for non-members. Learn more

SBTDC Access to Capital Forum

8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 110 St. Louis St., West Plains

Hear from a variety of speakers about financing options, programs and solutions available to small businesses. Meet one-on-one with representatives to address your specific needs. Learn more

North Kansas City Business Council Coffee Connect

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. at Armour Loft Event Space (406 Armour Road, North Kansas City)

Join us for a Livestream of the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups Program and additional presentations from local Northland businesses. This networking event is for anyone interested in starting or supporting entrepreneurial ventures in the Kansas City area. Learn more

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. Learn more

1 Million Cups Cape Girardeau

9 a.m.-10 a.m. at Codefi (339 Broadway St. #124, Cape Girardeau)

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. Learn more

1 Million Cups Columbia

9 a.m.-10 a.m. at REDI (500 E. Walnut St., 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. Learn more

1 Million Cups Springfield

9 a.m.-10 a.m. at The eFactory (405 N. Jefferson, Springfield)

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

Advance St. Louis: Raising Capital – The Investor’s Perspective

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at CIC@CET Showroom (20 S. Sarah St., Saint Louis)

Hear from a diverse panel of established investor groups as they discuss what they look for in a prospective investment. Topics include the investors’ decision process, common due diligence issues and characteristics of a business that are important to investors. Learn more

NAWBO Small Business Week Reception

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Cantina Laredo Clayton (7710 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis)

Join the National Association of Women Business Owners for an evening of food and fun as NAWBO celebrates all of the SBW honorees. The reception is also a premier opportunity to network with fellow St. Louis-area women business owners. Learn more

St. Louis Small Business Monthly Lenders in Technology Awards

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Clayton Sheraton (7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton)

Join us as we honor technology innovators, who are actively working to develop new technology, and technology implementers, who are using existing technology to enhance service offerings. The event includes an hour of networking and a program that will include a keynote speaker and awards ceremony. Learn more

International Economic Market Analysis

8:30 p.m.-11 a.m. at World Trade Center St. Louis (7733 Forsyth Blvd. #2200, St. Louis)

As part of Small Business Week, the World Trade Center St. Louis together with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration and others present an economic analysis of key international markets. The program will examine the outlook for various industry segments and help focus your company’s export strategy on the most profitable markets. Learn more

Thursday

Operation JumpStart

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

Operation JumpStart is 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. Learn more

The Venture Café

3 p.m.-8 p.m. at 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis

The weekly gathering of innovators and startups. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur. Each week, there are roundtable discussions, information tables, office hours with thought leaders and guest speakers relevant to the ecosystem. Learn more

Northwest Chamber’s Networking Happy Hour

4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Lehmann’s Landing (12314 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton)

This is a great way for you and your company to build your network inside and outside of the Northwest Chamber. Members are encouraged to bring a friend. Learn more

Annual SBA Exhibit Gala and Annual Awards Dinner

5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Norwood Hills Country Club (1 Norwood Hills Country Club Drive, St. Louis)

Celebrate with the nominees, award winners and small businesses in a relaxed tradeshow atmosphere, and enjoy a superb dinner and salute the success of the 2015 Small Business Week award winners. Learn more

Women 2.0 City Meetup – St. Louis

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at  Danforth Campus Bauer Hall (Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis)

City Meetup is a Women 2.0 networking event to promote new networks amongst the entire technology ecosystem in innovative cities around the world. This event is open to those who work, start, and fund tech companies. Learn more

Thursday-Friday

SPIN66 Innovation Summit

Two day event at The eFactory (405 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield)

The SPIN66 Innovation Summit engages entrepreneurs and innovators in southwest Missouri and throughout the region with inspiring speakers, networking sessions, and activities aimed at fostering a spirit of innovation. Learn more

Friday

Indie Biz Happy Hour

5 p.m.-7 p.m. at STL Stylehouse (3159 Cherokee St., St. Louis)

Independent small businesses are vital to the health and micro-economies of neighborhoods. Come mingle with Cherokee Street small business owners, residents and community stakeholders as they share their stories about their collective effort to build business and community. Enjoy conversation, food and drink. Learn more


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