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Commentary: Aiming overseas?


Mark Klipsch of the St. Louis Bi-State Region of SCORE shares considerations for small businesses targeting international customers. In today’s global economy, companies of all sizes are establishing operations in foreign markets. This type of expansion can provide several advantages, including greater opportunities for market growth and diversification. The trend of Americans going global also is likely to continue. A ...

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Succession plans for small businesses assure legacies

Next step concept on green blackboard with coffee cup and paper plane

If you own a successful small business that you’ve nurtured over the years, you may want to leave the legacy of its value to your heirs. To do this, you need a sound, well-thought-out succession plan. One of the greatest values of a successful small business lies in its continued operation after you’re gone, producing perennial profits for your family. ...

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2019 Startup Missouri Expo


With more than 200 entrepreneurs and dozens of exhibitors, educators and two keynote speakers, attendees gained tools to help their business journey at the inaugural Startup Missouri Expo on Oct. 30, 2019 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield. Here’s a taste of what Startup Missouri Expo 2019 was all about:   Many exhibitors said it was the best expo experience they’ve had, ...

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Confusion and challenges: Blockchain technology brings struggles for lawyers and regulators

Caroline Lynch of Copper Hill Strategies and Dale Werts of Lathrop Gage discuss the regulatory issues that blockchain users can face during a conference on April 24 in Kansas City. Photo by Scott Lauck

Story by Scott Lauck At a recent conference on the promises and perils of blockchain, a cartoon by artist Tom Fishburne flashed up on the screen. A business owner asks an employee, “Where should we focus this year?” “’Blockchain,’” the employee responds. “It will change everything. Everybody is talking about it. The potential applications are endless. We don’t want to ...

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