The Week Ahead: NFL kickoff, Techweek, legislative veto session, LaunchKC

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


The Midwest U.S.-Japan Association’s 2016 conference begins in St. Louis. The group’s 48th annual meeting, which runs through Tuesday, will bring together business and political leaders from Japan and nine Midwestern states.

It’s the opening Sunday of NFL season, and Missouri is back to being a one-team state after the Rams’ January decision to depart St. Louis. The Kansas City Chiefs kick off the season hoping to win the allegiance of former Rams fans in the state. Kansas City’s also seeking back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since a run of six straight playoff appearances in the early ’90s.


The annual Ag Innovation Showcase gets underway at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Since 2009, the event has brought together innovators, investors and others from the agtech industry for pitches, panels and presentations. The showcase runs through Wednesday.

The second Techweek Kansas City boots up. The event’s schedule features dozens of events over the course of seven days, with highlights including a KC Startup Village “Tech Carnival” (Tuesday), the Big Data Summit (Wednesday and Thursday) and a hackathon (Saturday).

The Make it in Missouri Nuclear Supply Chain Development Workshop will take place in St. Louis. The one-day event aims to train Missouri manufacturers on how to sell parts and subcomponents for building and operating nuclear power plants.


Applications are due by noon for the 1 Million Cups One in a Million pitch competition. The contest is open to any startup that has presented at 1 Million Cups in the last year, and the grand prize is $25,000.

The Missouri State Board of Education is scheduled to meet in Jefferson City. The meeting agenda includes deliberation about the Fiscal 2018 budget and discussion of the MAP test results released last week.


Lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the Missouri Legislature’s annual veto session. It’s the last veto session for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has had more vetoes overriden than any governor in state history due to Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate. Nixon vetoed 22 bills after the close of the legislative session this spring.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses will release its Small Business Optimism Index for August. The index has been on the rise since March after hitting a two-year low, Bloomberg reports, and it’s expected to edge up slightly for August.


The Census Bureau is scheduled to report retail sales for August. After a strong second quarter, retail sales slowed considerably in July, with auto sales serving as the lone saving grace, Bloomberg reports. But auto sales fell in August, and that’s driving negative expectations for the August retail report.

The law and journalism schools at the University of Missouri are teaming up to host the Price Sloan Symposium for Media, Ethics and Law. Highlights of the two-day event include a keynote from Kansas City Mayor Sly James and a debate between political commentators from CNN and Fox News.

Companies set to report earnings include Oracle and Progressive.


In Techweek Kansas City’s most important event from an economic development standpoint, the 20 startups that advanced to the final round of the LaunchKC grants competition will deliver pitches in hopes of winning one of 10 grants worth $50,000 apiece. The startups must be based in or willing to relocate to Kansas City to claim their prizes, which also come with office space, mentorship and professional services.


The Waldo Area Business Association in Kansas City will hold its annual Waldo Fall Festival, featuring live music, activities for kids, food trucks and scores of local vendors.

Schlafly Beer is hosting its Hop in the City Beer Festival. The event includes samples of more than 40 beers from the St. Louis brewery and a lineup of bands set to play from noon to 9.


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