Business and workforce


Business and careers
Production Products Manufacturing and Sales Co. — St. Louis City

This firm is probably the country’s largest producer of chemical and biological protective shelters and equipment for our military and allies. These shelter maker tackles Ebola — and the future. Read more

Partnerships strengthen regional economies

SET initiative helps communities join forces to foster growth. Read more

Restoring Hope, LLC – West Plains

BDP Excellence in Business Award winner restores hope to people with developmental disabilities while boosting family income in one of the U.S.' poorest regions. Read more

Missouri entrepreneurship and innovation honored in Jefferson City

Celebrating 19 small businesses that drive our economy. Read more

Spring cleaning is great for your business, too

Spring at last! Here are 10 tips to clean up your business as you would your home. Read more

How to use Instagram for your business

Instagram is a powerful tool to build brand awareness and community around your business. Here's how to get started. Read more

Happy herd grazes on a farm in Shatto family more than century

Shatto milk is produced in a variety of flavors — chocolate, cotton candy, cookies and cream, banana, root beer, coffee and pumpkin, among others — that change with the seasons. Read more

Accounting Legal and Logistics Solutions Inc. dba ALL Solutions Inc.

Government contracting specialist Carolyn Jones helps owner of strategic analysis firm land DLA contract worth up to $3 million. Read more

SBA, MO SBTDC, other agencies unite to rebuild Ferguson

Agencies join forces to help 100 businesses recover. Read more

Management training critical for employers as baby boomers retire

An ongoing program with MU Extension helps private companies and public agencies address this impending management vacuum. Read more

Five reasons to go global and what to know before doing so

Would expanding globally work for your business? 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

Seven reasons to shop local

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


  • Thursday, April 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. —Teacher Teri Walden and physician Becky Llorens met a couple of years ago and bonded over a common concern. Each has an autistic young adult son seeking work.
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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Economic development efforts are more likely to succeed when nearby communities or adjoining counties work together, says Sharon Gulick, director of University of Missouri Extension’s Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The University of Missouri has announced its participation in the recently launched National Land-grant Impacts website,, a centralized resource that highlights teaching, research and extension efforts by land-grant universities.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will require some businesses to offer health insurance.
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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A glitch on your taxes is the kind of thing that can keep you awake at night. For some employers, an announcement late last year could lead to many sleepless nights. But don’t panic, there’s a fix.
    Media available: audio
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA — In a striped button-up shirt, black slacks and styled hair, Brandon Banks looks like a typical businessman ready for a day’s work in the office.
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