Business and workforce


Business and careers
LMG Construction Services, LLC of Kansas City a success

Lisa Garney's CV reads like a superheroine's: Construction supervisor and jack-of-most trades, attorney, pilot, White House intern, London School of Economics graduate and more. 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

Mark Hall Cabinetry - Columbia (Where are they now?)

Good things happen when businesses listen to their BDP counselors. Read more

7 ways to prepare for the 2014 retail holiday season

The holidays are just around the corner — are you ready? Read more

20 ways to scare up more business for Halloween

If you operate a small business, Halloween offers nearly unlimited opportunities to promote your business — and have a little fun at the same time. Read more

Top 9 industries for recent college graduates

Many college graduates can't find good jobs. But here are nine fields to start looking. Read more

Business going green

10 ways to save money on energy and reduce waste and boost your image. 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

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

Seven reasons to shop local

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

Show me the money!

How to finance your small business. Read more

32 ways to motivate employees

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

11 organizations that boost veterans' businesses

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


  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    FULTON, Mo. – Cody Waters of Fulton is armed to farm. He is one of 300,000 veterans expected to return to Missouri in the next decade, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. She works with the growing number of veterans who want to return because of the quality of life in rural Missouri.
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  • 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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