The Week Ahead: Fed meeting, housing starts, Plaza Art Fair

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

Sunday

Techweek Kansas City winds down with one final event, the screening of Capture, a community-produced film project, at the Google Fiber Space.

Monday

Downtown St. Louis Restaurant Week begins. Twenty-one restaurants are participating in the 12th annual event, which runs through Sunday and features special, three-course meals from each eatery.

StartUp Jefferson City will host its fourth annual Pitch It & Win It competition. The event will feature participants delivering five-minute business pitches, competing for a share of $5,000 in prize money.

The Inventor’s Project and Ennovation Center will host The Power of Inventing, a one-day symposium in Kansas City focused on developing creatively while protecting intellectual property assets.

Companies set to report earnings include Adobe Systems, Carnival Corp. and FedEx.

Tuesday

The Missouri Development Finance Board will meet in Jefferson City. The agenda for the meeting includes a World Wide Technology project and the board’s Tax Credit for Contribution Program.

The U.S. Census Bureau will report housing starts for August. The number grew 2.1 percent in July after a 5.6 percent spike in June, Bloomberg reports.

Companies set to report earnings include Bed Bath & Beyond, Carmax and General Mills.

Wednesday

The Federal Reserve Bank’s Federal Open Market Committee will conclude its two-day meeting and announce a decision on the federal funds rate. After considerable speculation that an interest rate hike could come at this month’s meeting, expectations of an increase have cooled due to a recent flurry of tepid economic data.

Thursday

It’s the first day of fall, meaning peak pumpkin spice season has officially begun for food and beverage businesses.

RecruitMilitary will host a job fair for veterans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. About 50 companies are expected to participate, according to the event website.

Friday

The Plaza Art Fair gets underway in Kansas City. The event, now in its 85th year, is expected to feature 240 artists, live music, local restaurants and more. It runs through Sunday.

Saturday

Multiple Oktoberfest celebrations are on tap in Missouri, with Jefferson City, Lee’s Summit and St. Charles all scheduled to host local versions of the German fall festival.


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