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January 31, 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Company to Invest $1.2 Million in Pomona
Robinson Laser, a manufacturer of laser cut steel parts, recently announced plans to open a new facility in Pomona. The move includes a capital investment of $1,289,000 and will create 30 new jobs. The company’s decision to relocate to Missouri was largely impacted by the state’s business-friendly climate, excellent transportation network, and low energy costs. “Missouri’s favorable business environment made the state an extremely attractive place to locate,” said Paul Labriola, CEO of Robinson Laser. “The low cost of doing business was a big part of our decision to set up shop in Pomona.” Robinson Laser produces digitally accurate, high-quality custom laser cut steel parts. The company currently serves clients nationwide in a variety of industries, and its innovative web-based tools allow users to exercise complete control over every step of the manufacturing process. Labriola also noted, “Relocating to Missouri presents some great opportunities to grow our business, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community." Read more... 

Northwest CIE is the State’s Newest Missouri Innovation Center
The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) recently designated Northwest Missouri State University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) as a Missouri Innovation Center. The Missouri Innovation Center program is a statewide resource for commercializing Missouri innovations. The program, which provides assistance to entrepreneurs and early-stage, technology-based business ventures, currently includes nine other centers throughout the state. Innovation centers work closely with their associated universities to target and develop high-growth advanced technology companies. They also provide access to specialized entrepreneurial and small business support services critical to the growth of high-tech startups, including access to technical and business experts, capital, and in some cases, specialized facilities. Northwest CIE’s designation is on a provisional basis through June 2014. At that time, the MTC board will consider granting full designation to the university for fiscal year 2015. The Northwest CIE currently functions as a mixed-use incubator with emphasis on technology-based start-up companies, providing assistance to existing small businesses and encouraging development of new small businesses. Read more... (Photo Above: Northwest Missouri State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

Air Medical Group Holdings Breaks Ground on West Plains Facility
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently traveled to West Plains to celebrate with officials from Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) as they broke ground on their new facility. The project represents a capital investment of $1.4 million and is expected to create 20 new jobs. The groundbreaking marked the beginning of construction on a new 40,000 square-foot facility where AMGH will consolidate three of its West Plains locations. The new facility will accommodate the company’s future growth plans and increase in employment. “Missouri has played a critical role in the growth and success of AMGH, particularly here in West Plains, where a skilled workforce and business-friendly environment continue to present opportunities for success,” said Keith Hovey, vice president of AirMedCare Network. AMGH is the largest independent provider of air medical services in the U.S., responding to emergencies that require air medical transport in more than 66 Missouri counties. Read more... (Photo Above: Gov. Jay Nixon [fourth from left] helps break ground on AMGH's new facility in West Plains.)

Missouri’s Unemployment Rate Drops Again
According to data recently released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a point in December 2013 to 5.9 percent. This number represents the lowest unemployment rate in the state since June 2008. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate for December 2013 was 6.7 percent. Industries that experienced growth during the month of December included Professional and Business Services (+3,900 jobs) and Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services (+2,400 jobs). Additionally, according to Current Employment Statistics (CES) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri also had the highest rate of seasonally-adjusted employment growth from December 2012 to December 2013 among all border states. Missouri’s rate of growth during this period was 1.3 percent.  Read more...
Exploring the Artists Behind the Missouri Arts Awards Glasswork
Every year on the first Wednesday of February, the Missouri Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol. As a tangible symbol of recognition for their contributions to the arts in Missouri, an original work by a Missouri artist is given to the awardees for Art Education, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, Philanthropy, Arts Organization, and in the year that the honor is bestowed, Lifetime Achievement. Over the past decade, glass has become the customary medium for these original works. As the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards ceremony approaches, the Missouri Arts Council highlighted the 10 Missouri artists who have crafted the original glasswork that has been presented to arts awardees over the past several years. Included in the list is Michelle Hamilton of Zaximo Studios in St. Louis, whose sculptural glass vessels will be presented to this year’s honorees. The list also features Kenneth Marine of Hollister (2013 awards), Gabriel and Terry Bloodworth of Springfield (2010 awards), Kathy Barnard of Kansas City (2009 awards), Sam Stang of Augusta (2005, 2004 and 2001 awards), and several others. The 2014 Missouri Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Jefferson City. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Read more... (Photo Above: Artist Michelle Hamilton. Her creation for the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards will be a limited edition of her Spiny Gorgon Splash, center.)

Kauffman Foundation Unveils Program that Allows KC Students to Gain Local Entrepreneurial Experience
Launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2003, Kauffman Scholars, Inc., is a multi-year college access and scholarship program designed to help low-income urban students in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education. This summer, the leaders of Kauffman Scholars will launch a program called StartupScholars to pair trained and talented youth with local entrepreneurial businesses. The interns’ employment will come at no cost to the businesses, as Kauffman Scholars will pay the salaries of all the StartupScholars interns. The new program will seek to place up to 100 current Kauffman Scholars in summer internships locally, matching high school and college-age interns with early-stage entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial divisions of area corporations. The 20-hour-per-week, hands-on internship is intended to provide students the opportunity to develop 21st-century workplace skills, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and contribute to the Kansas City community. Kansas City businesses are encouraged to visit by February 15 to apply to offer internships. Read more...

Real Time Labor Pathways New Updates Available    
There were a total of 28,447 job postings in the 20 health-related Pathway Occupations across the state over the last six months. Registered nurse was the top occupation with 7,483 job postings. The top employer was Mercy Health. Although the majority of job postings are in the healthcare industry, other industries such as manufacturing and financial services are also showing a demand for these Pathway Occupations. Read more...

Census Quarterly Workforce Indicators Free Webinar
Join the Census Bureau on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. for the introduction of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) Explorer Tool. The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is planning to release a beta version of the new QWI Explorer tool this spring. QWI Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Through bar charts and interactive tables, users can compare, rank and aggregate QWIs across time, geography, and/or firm and worker characteristics on the fly. Read more...

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New Financial Support Available for KC Entrepreneurs
Lead Bank and Kansas City’s Angel Capital Group are teaming up to provide more funding opportunities for area small businesses and entrepreneurs. Together, the two groups offer a combination of private equity funding and traditional lending services. The organizations will focus on science, technology and research and development industries, but they will also invest in a variety of other industries. "Our passion is innovation, so bringing investors and entrepreneurs together, accompanied by other financial institutions, gives startups another opportunity to succeed financially," said Rachel Qualls, founder of Angel Capital Group. Earlier this month, Lead Bank announced that it would be expanding with a third full-service branch in Kansas City’s Crossroads district. To assist Lead Bank with its expansion, the Department of Economic Development authorized a strategic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. Read more...

Lambert Renovation Wins Design Award
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recently received a 2013 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award in the Divine Detail category for the renovation of the ceiling vaults in Terminal 1. Renovation of the ceiling vaults and skylights was part of the first phase in a $70 million renovation of Lambert Airport, the largest in the airport’s history. Prior to the renovation, skylights in the ceilings were hidden by acrylic covering. The coverings have been removed to showcase the skylights. Additionally, the airport has replaced fluorescent lighting with white and color LED lights, reducing energy usage and maintenance costs while providing another artistic feature. The airport was originally designed my Minoru Yamasaki. The renovation project is being led by Kwame Building Group Inc. of St. Louis, and the lighting was designed by Randy Burkett Lighting Design of Webster Groves. Read more... 

Kauffman Releases Study of Education’s Impact on Entrepreneurship
The Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based nonprofit focused on education and entrepreneurship, recently released results of a new study on how education rates affect business startups in metropolitan areas. The study showed that education is possibly the biggest factor affecting the public sector. Areas with high college and high school graduation rates tend to produce more startups. On the contrary, government research expenditures and a high availability of venture capital funds, two factors originally thought to greatly increase entrepreneurship, do not have as great an affect. The study examined 365 U.S. metro areas, analyzing the startup rate for all industries, the startup rate for high-tech sectors, and the rate for high-growth firms. Read more...

Gov. Nixon Discusses “Good Schools, Good Jobs” During Visit to Schools in Kansas City, Cape Girardeau and Springfield
Good schools are vital to Missouri’s ability to compete and create jobs in the global economy, Gov. Jay Nixon said during a recent visit to Center High School in Kansas City. The Governor’s “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan, which he detailed during his State of the State last week, will provide the resources to help the Center School District to improve its science and technology curriculum and fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula by Fiscal Year 2016.“Good schools in every community will help secure good jobs for every graduate,” Gov. Nixon said. “By fully funding Missouri’s schools, like the ones here in the Center School District, we’re investing in our economy and our students. Today’s growing economy provides us with a clear choice: we can expand opportunities for students and improve our schools, or we can settle for less and watch our students – and our economy – fall behind.” Gov. Nixon also recently visited Central High School in Cape Girardeau and Shady Del Early Childhood Center in Springfield to promote the plan. 

How to Use Your iPad to Practice for Your Next Job Interview
When Melissa Young was thinking of what types of computer applications she wanted to use in the Career Capstone class she taught at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, the director of career services at the school thought apps that would help students with interview questions and networking would be especially helpful. “I wanted to expand on that idea to include something we could use in multiple class sessions. I wanted students to practice out loud with interview questions and the 60 second commercial, or career networking message, because practicing out loud is more effective than practicing silently. You are your own worst critic and when you hear your message played back, you can use that as an ongoing resource to get better, and keep getting better.” The app Young ultimately decided on using for Career Capstone was a free one called Instant Audio Recorder Lite. This app will also time the recorded message and allow the file to be added to your Dropbox or emailed. Read more...

The Black Dress Resume
Great resumes have certain defined characteristics; they must establish a personal brand and tell a compelling story that is narrowly focused on the specific position you’re using it to apply for. A great resume is also like a fashionable black dress; it gives off a different aura as you accessorize it. Much the same as a black dress does with a new set of shoes [flats, pumps or heels], a strand of pearls, a broach, or with a scarf or other accessory. By accessorizing the dress, you can wear it to a number of interviews and each time present a new look. By accessorizing a resume, it too can serve multiple purposes. Read more...

St. Louis Startup Community Recognized in Forbes
The entrepreneurial community in St. Louis was recently highlighted in Forbes magazine through an article written by the city’s own Aaron Perlut, managing partner at Elasticity. In the article, entitled “How Cities Reshape Brand Narratives,” Perlut discusses how several cities have acquired some Silicon Valley magnetism and branded themselves as havens for startups and entrepreneurs. St. Louis is the first city on Perlut’s list, remarking how despite the fact that the city has a rich history of startups growing into some of America’s most successful companies (Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Rent-A-Car), the city isn’t generally thought of as a startup town. However, that ideology has changed in recent years. “There’s an entrepreneurial sea change going on in St. Louis,” he quotes Jerry Schlichter, president and founder of Arch Grants. Perlut also points out, “Companies are springboarding off support hubs like the Cortex innovation community, T-Rex, Lab 1500, and the STL Ventureworks startup support network; leveraging accelerators such as Capital Innovators and FinTech driver SixThirty, finding active angel networks, and venture capital from the likes of Cultivation Capital and iSelect Fund.” Read more...

AT&T Adding Jobs Across Missouri
AT&T recently announced that it will be hiring dozens of new technicians in Missouri to assist with the expansion of its U-verse high-speed broadband, internet and TV service. In St. Louis, the company plans to hire more than 60 technicians. Additionally, AT&T announced plans to hire more than 70 technicians in the Kansas City area. Positions in both cities are currently open and the company plans to begin filling them immediately.

Boulevard Brewing Co. Gives Back to Local Community
In May 2013, Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Co. announced that it would be donating 10 percent of the Greater Kansas City sales of its popular beer KC Pils to area charities. This month, the brewer announced the recipients of its fourth quarter 2013 “10% for KC” funds to three Kansas City non-profit organizations. It is estimated that approximately $22,500 will be split between the three local charitable groups. With online voting determining the allocation among the participants, Midwest Music Foundation will receive 60 percent of the total proceeds, with First Downs for Down Syndrome and Synergy Services each receiving 20 percent of the total contribution. “Since introducing the 10% for KC program, over 115 charities from all across our community have been nominated to participate,” noted Jeremy Ragonese, Boulevard’s Director of Marketing. The brewer has already named the beneficiaries of the first quarter 2014 KC Pils sales: Historic Green, Literacy Kansas City and Social Heart. Read more...

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BioTech China 2014: Trade Show to Shanghai
On April 24-26, 2014, the state of Missouri will be exhibiting at BioTech China 2014, an international trade fair and congress for biotechnology taking place in Shanghai, China. This trade show has become one of the most influential shows in China that focuses on the biotech industry, as well as its relevant instruments and equipment market, marking it as a great opportunity for Missouri companies to reach this growing Chinese market. China is currently the 2nd largest bio-pharmaceutical market in the world, and this show will attract companies from every segment of this industry, including R&D, manufacturing, management, and service. Participation in BioTech China 2014 includes benefits such as exposure in the Missouri booth, networking opportunities, market research, agent/distributor search, and much more. The deadline to register is February 28, 2014, and interested companies can contact Yan Li for more information. Read more...

Bass Pro Shops to Open its Sixth Canadian Store
Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops, a privately held retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation merchandise, recently announced plans to further its presence in Canada. The company will soon be opening a new 145,000 square-foot store in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, the sixth Canadian store for the Missouri retailer. The new store will be a key anchor for Tsawwassen Mills, a 1.2-million-square-foot, value-oriented mall being developed by Ivanhoe Cambridge on a strategic location near the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, which transports 7.9 million people to Vancouver Island annually. This project will be the first enclosed regional shopping center built in Vancouver in 25 years. “This will be our fourth project with developer Ivanhoe Cambridge, and we are grateful to them for selecting Bass Pro Shops to be one of the premier anchor tenants in this new retail development,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris in a release. The new store is scheduled to open in 2016. Read more...

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Missouri Partnership Marketing Events
Schedule of Missouri Partnership Marketing Events 
January 31, 2014
St. Louis Business Journal Women's Conference
St. Louis, MO 
February 11-12, 2014

Missouri Municipal League Legislative Conference
Jefferson City, MO

February 6, 2014
Application Deadline for MTC Seed Capital Co-Investment Program
February 6, 2014
Application Deadline for MTC Venture Capital Co-Investment Program
February 7, 2014
Market Briefing: Doing Business in Botswana
Kansas City, MO 
February 19, 2014
2014 Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Application Workshop
Jefferson City, MO 
February 24, 2014
Deadline for FY2015 Missouri Arts Council Grants
March 3, 2014
2014 Missouri Community Service Commission Annual Celebration of Volunteerism and Service Nominations Deadline
March 3-6, 2014
Governor's Trade Mission to Montreal and Toronto
Montreal & Toronto, Canada 
March 8-14, 2014
Infrastructure Business Development Mission to the Gulf Cooperation Countries
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar 
March 26-27, 2014
InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum
St. Louis, MO 
April 7-11, 2014

Grantsmanship Training Program
Nevada, MO 

April 8-11, 2014
Food & Hotel Asia Trade Show
Singapore, Singapore
April 24-26, 2014
BioTech China 2014 Trade Show
Shanghai, China 
May 13-16, 2014
Seoul Food & Hotel Trade Show
Seoul, Republic of Korea 
May 20-22, 2014
CPhI Southeast Asia Trade Show
Jakarta, Indonesia
June 2-6, 2014
Missouri Agribusiness Academy
Northwestern and Jefferson City, MO 
July 14-18, 2014
2014 Farnborough Air & Trade Show
London, England 
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