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Small Business Resources @ SLCL 10th Anniversary - Small Business & Nonprofit Expo - Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 7, 2022

Join us for five days of virtual and in-person networking and education on a variety of business-critical skills and strategies! This year’s Expo will take place at five branches–Bridgeton Trails, Cliff Cave, Grant's View, Natural Bridge and Samuel C. Sachs. In addition, we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary with special giveaways throughout the week.
 

Presented by
Alliance Credit Union, Beyond Housing, Brownpreneurs, Commerce Bank, Grow with Google, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Reference Solutions, Small Business Empowerment Center, St. Louis Builds Credit, St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition, St. Louis World Trade Center, SCORE, Small Business Administration (SBA), Statista, United Way of Greater St. Louis and VetBiz
 

Sponsored by:

Alliance Credit Union logoCommerce Bank logoData Axle Reference SolutionsSt. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition logo

 

Event Schedule

Bridgeton Trails Branch

Monday, October 3, 10-10:30 a.m.
Small Business and Nonprofit Resources 

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn about all of the resources the library has to support you and your small business or nonprofit. 
Adults. Registration required.


Monday, October 3, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Understanding Personal and Business Credit

Presented by St. Louis Builds Credit and Small Business Empowerment Center 
Learn how having great personal credit affects business credit and how to balance the two to help build your business. Gain a high-level overview of what lenders look for when you apply for new credit.  
Adults. Registration required.  


VIRTUALMonday, October 3, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Virtual Program-Trademark Basics for Small Businesses and Nonprofits 

Presented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri 
Attendees will learn what a Trademark is, as well as the difference between common law, State, and Federal trademark protections. Presenters will educate attendees on best practices for protecting logos, company names, as well as how to avoid infringing on others' trademarks.
Adults. Registration required.  


Monday, October 3, 12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Financial Wellness in the Workplace

Presented by United Way of Greater St. Louis
Financial stress can impact employees' overall health, wellness, and productivity on the job. Come learn about how business owners, and employees, can maximize their financial wellness in the workplace via their benefits package and/or through free or low-cost programs.
Adults. Registration required.


Monday, October 3, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
AARP Work for Yourself at 50+

Presented by Small Business Empowerment Center
The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting for older adults. This workshop facilitated in part by AARP Foundation and the Small Business Empowerment Center will help Encore Entrepreneurs gain the knowledge, support, and resources needed to take the next step.
Adults. Registration required


VIRTUALMonday, October 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Virtual Program: HUBZone Contracting Certifications

Is your small business located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) or are you looking to relocate your business and consider locating in a HUBZone? This overview will cover the advantages of HUBZone Certification to small businesses and HUBZone Certification requirements.
Adults. Registration required


Monday, October 3, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Understanding Financial Statements
 
Presented by  SCORE Chapter 21-St. Louis Bi-State Region
Small businesses and new business owners are aware that financial statements exist, but there is generally a mystique surrounding these statements.  Participants will learn the basics of financial statements and the importance of them to their business. 
Adults. Registration required.


Monday, October 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Reference Solutions: For Business Expansion

Presented by Reference Solutions
As a Retailer, you'll learn to access information about other businesses if they are your preferred target audience or address level data for consumers in your community or across the country.
Adults. Registration required


Monday, October 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meet with a Small Business Mentor

Presented by SCORE Chapter 21-St. Louis Bi-State Region
Learn small business best practices from a SCORE Mentor. Schedule a 30-minute appointment to find out more about free mentoring and other resources available at SCORE.
Adults. Registration required.

Samuel C. Sachs Branch

Tuesday, October 4, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Small Business and Nonprofit Resources
 
Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn about all of the resources the library has to support you and your small business or nonprofit. 
Adults. Registration required.


Tuesday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Reference Solutions: For Business Expansion

Presented by Reference Solutions
Learn to use the U.S. Business and Consumer Modules to target specific groups of businesses or individuals who may be interested in their products or services, identify the ideal geography of potential new customers,  research competitors, identify sales leads, marketing intelligence, and build a business plan. 
Adults. Registration required


Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Starting a Nonprofit Business

Presented by  SCORE Chapter 21-St. Louis Bi-State Region
You’ve thought about it. Join us to learn how you can bring your vision into reality.  This presentation will include planning considerations, the legal process for formation and strategic management issues. 
Adults. Registration required.


Tuesday, October 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Finding Grants and Donors

Presented by St. Louis County Library 
Learn how to use free resources at the library to find grant opportunities, grant writing classes, and demographics to help you with your grant applications. Also discover how to make lists of known charitable donors in specific geographical areas. 
Adults. Registration required


Tuesday, October 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
New Business Start-Up

Presented by Alliance Credit Union
It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a new business. Learn the first steps to starting your own business and how to pave the way to success. This workshop will also include how to create a business plan and handle finances from the start. Presented by Rose Ann Cuddy from Alliance Credit Union.
Adults. Registration required


Tuesday, October 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Tips for Business Growth – International and Local Resources

Presented by the St. Louis World Trade Center 
Learn about how the St. Louis World Trade Center works within the community to increase trade, attract investments, and connect business owners to other organizations.
Adults. Registration required

Natural Bridge Branch

Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Small Business and Nonprofit Resources 

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn about all of the resources the library has to support you and your small business or nonprofit.
Adults. Registration required


VIRTUALWednesday, October 5, at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual Program: Financing Your Small Business

Presented by SBA
Discover financing options to start, grow and succeed with your small business.  This webinar will help you become familiar with SBA loan programs, requirements, and what constitutes a successful small business loan application.
Adults: Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Workplace Etiquette: Best Practices for Your Small Business

Presented by Commerce Bank
Description: Learn best practices for a successful small business and positive company culture
Adults Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Credit Fair

Presented St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition
Sign up to get a free credit report and a 15-minute consultation with a credit advisor. Prior to your assigned time, you will need to submit a permission form to allow your reports to be pulled. Pre-registration required. Please call 314-994-3300 to check the availability of appointments. 
Adults. Registration is required.


VIRTUALWednesday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Virtual Program-Legal Implications of Starting a Business

Presented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
New or aspiring business owners will learn the basic steps to starting a business in the State of MO. Attendees will learn the most common business entity types, advantages/disadvantages of these legal structures, and other steps necessary to legally operate a small business and avoid common pitfalls.
Adults. Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Launch Your Business with Customer-Focused Marketing

Presented by Grow with Google
You’ll need more than good products or services to grow your business. Learn how to create a compelling brand and develop strong customer-focused marketing strategies to reach your audience and turn them into loyal customers.
Adults. Registration required.  


VIRTUALWednesday, October 5, 12:30- 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Program: Legal Hours for Entrepreneurs

Presented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Join one of our community virtual legal clinics for a chance to speak to an attorney one-on-one for 30 minutes. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately following registration. 
Adults. Registration required.  


Wednesday, October 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Credit Fair

Presented St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition
Sign up to get a free credit report and a 15-minute consultation with a credit advisor. Prior to your assigned time, you will need to submit a permission form to allow your reports to be pulled. Pre-registration required. Please call 314-994-3300 to check the availability of appointments. 
Adults. Registration is required.


Wednesday, October 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
How to Successfully Start a Business

Presented by: Brownpreneuers
Description: Teens, start making money from your skills or business ideas! Join us to learn the steps to take to launch a small business. 
Teens. Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Credit Fair

Sign up to get a free credit report and a 15-minute consultation with a credit advisor. Prior to your assigned time, you will need to submit a permission form to allow your reports to be pulled. Pre-registration required. Please call 314-994-3300 to check the availability of appointments. 
Adults. Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Reference Solutions: For Nonprofits

Presented by Reference Solutions
Learn search methods to identify businesses and/or consumers who may be just the right audience at the right time to donate or support your organization. Search by the audience in any geography, produce maps of your results, or simply download the data for later use. 
Adults. Registration required


Wednesday, October 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Marketing on any Budget

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn how to create your own customized list of potential customers in any area by income, consumer habits, lifestyle, age, and more. Research your target market and explore free online courses with tips and tricks for social media and traditional marketing on any budget. 
Adults. Registration required.

Cliff Cave Branch

Thursday, October 6, 10:00-10:30 a.m. 
Small Business and Nonprofit Resources 

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn about all of the resources the library has to support you and your small business or nonprofit. 
Adults. Registration required


Thursday, October 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Bankable & Self-Employed

Presented by Commerce Bank
Description: Learn best practices for small businesses to be both bankable and self-employed. 
Adults. Registration required


VIRTUALThursday, October 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual Program: Small Business Administration Overview

Presented by SBA
Have you ever thought of starting your own business or how to grow your existing business?  Please join the SBA to learn about Access to Capital, Counseling, Contracting and other programs the SBA has that can assist you. 
Adults. Registration required.


VIRTUALThursday, October 6, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Virtual Program: Statista for Small Business

Presented by Statista
Statista is one of the world's leading portals offering access to statistics and studies on 80,000 topics and 170 industries worldwide. Learn the various data tools available on the Statista platform and look at real-life examples of how many businesses utilize their data. 
Adults. Registration required.  


Thursday, October 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Entrepreneurial Training Through Business eCourses

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Embrace free lifelong learning with the library. Prepare for occupational and school exams, learn more about a hobby and gain marketable skills for the workplace.  
Adults. Registration required.  


Thursday, October 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Reference Solutions: For Nonprofits

Presented by Reference Solutions
Learn search methods to identify businesses and/or consumers who may be just the right audience at the right time to donate or support your organization. Search by the audience in any geography, produce maps of your results, or simply download the data for later use. 
Adults. Registration required.

Grant's View Branch

Friday, October 7, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Small Business and Nonprofit Resources 

Presented by St. Louis County Library
Learn about all of the resources the library has to support you and your small business or nonprofit.
Adults. Registration required


VIRTUALFriday, October 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Virtual Program: Selling to the Government

Presented by SBA
Have you ever wondered what it takes to do business with the federal government as a small business owner? Receive an overview on how to market and sell your product or service to the federal government. 
Adults. Registration required


Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Presented by VetBiz
We all have a set of skills, traits, and attributes cultivated throughout our lives. The outcome of this interactive course is to understand how those traits can be transferred to entrepreneurship and your business idea using actionable items and resources to move forward. 
Adults. Registration required


Friday, October 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Reference Solutions: Finding Consumers

Presented by Reference Solutions
If your business depends on consumers shopping in person or online join us to explore 3 consumer-focused modules that will help you to better understand whom to market to in your community or anywhere in the United States. 
Adults. Registration required


Friday, October 7, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Meet with a Small Business Mentor

Presented by SCORE Chapter 21-St. Louis Bi-State Region
Learn small business best practices from a SCORE Mentor. Schedule a 30-minute appointment to find out more about free mentoring and other resources available at SCORE.
Adults. Registration required


Friday, October 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Secure and Grow Your Business Investment with Library Resources

Learn how to use library resources to research equities, mutual funds, ETFs, banks, and credit unions. Discover how to find companies dealing in business insurance, health insurance, and worker's compensation plans. 
Adults. Registration required.