Business and workforce


Business and careers
Pinckney Bend Distillery of New Haven a success

The distillery produces a double gold-winning rested American whiskey, two-time gold-winning gin, gold-winning three-grain vodka, gold-winning clear and unaged corn whiskey. Read more

The state’s best-kept economic development secret

In the past three years, in cooperation with our partners, the BDP has presented educational opportunities in management, marketing, finance, international trade, government contracting and many other topics to more than 36,000 business owners and entrepreneurs. Read more

TD4 Electrical, LLC — St. Louis, a success story

What do St. Louis’ gleaming new Ballpark Village, its new art museum addition, the Iowa State Cyclones, the NFL’s all-time top rusher Emmitt Smith, IBM and the rain have in common? Read more

Mid-America TAAC helps 33 manufacturers compete this year

Center implemented 23 contracts last quarter, helped 33 manufacturers in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas boost sales. Read more

MU Extension Workforce Program: Creating pathways to employment

Missouri’s long-term unemployed workers face many challenges. That’s where we can help. Read more

Top 6 industries for women

What are the top six industries for women entrepreneurs? Read more

5 growing industries

What are tomorrow’s top industries? Here are five candidates. Read more

5 tips to escape the trap of working harder and accomplishing less

Avoid burnout and get the same amount of work or more done in less time , Read more

BDP provides training for every type and size of business

Stumped about your next move? We can help. Read more

Is franchising right for you?

Evaluate all factors before deciding if franchising is your path to business ownership … pros and cons and questions to ask. Read more

Save some green on gasoline this summer

The typical Missouri vehicle uses approximately 600 gallons of fuel and is driven more than 16,000 miles each year. Read more

Show me the money!

How to finance your small business. Read more

Has your business been hurt by storms?

Recent severe storms make us mindful of planning in advance, for our personal homes/properties and our businesses. Read more

BDP helps Missouri businesses post record exports

Programs are offered that can help Missouri exporters boost international sales: International Trade Services and the matching-grant Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms. Read more

32 ways to motivate employees

A good job is hard to find, but a good employee is harder to keep. Read more

Seven tax saving strategies for small and home-based businesses, startups and solopreneurs

April 15 may have come and gone, but tax-savings strategies are forever. Read more

Seven keys to successful rebranding

The stakes are high and the margin for error slim in rebranding, so it pays to do it right. Read more

The Affordable Care Act: What businesses need to know

The Affordable Care Act  (ACA), or health care law, contains new benefits and responsibilities for employers. Here’s a summary of information, plus updates and links to webinars. Read more

Seven reasons to shop local

Shopping locally isn't just good for your business, it's good for the community. Read more

11 organizations that boost veterans' businesses

Funding and technical assistance abound for veteran-owned businesses. Here are just 11. Read more

Nine worst (and seven good) business ideas

Which are the boom and which the bust industries in this economy? Some bad ideas and several good ones. Read more


Each newsletter focuses on one of the various programs and services available to help Missouri businesses transform and grow. Read more


MU Extension's Business Development Program exists to help Missouri’s entrepreneurs succeed in private enterprise and to promote Missouri's economic development. It performs this vital service through a network of business counselors located throughout the state. Read more



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