• St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 18, 2016
    Square opens doors to new St. Louis office in Cortex district
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15/16)
    Mobile payments company Square is hosting a grand opening Tuesday night for its office in the Cortex innovation district in the Central West End, opening its doors to St. Louis entrepreneurs and business leaders. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
                                       
    Nicklaus: Job numbers revision puts St. Louis closer to peak employment
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/16)
    With a wave of its statistical wand, the Labor Department has changed the narrative about the St. Louis economy for the better. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CenturyLink to add jobs at new St. Louis development center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/4/16)
    CenturyLink, the Louisiana-based cloud and IT services company, opened a new development center near its Town & Country-based co-location and hosting operations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Alpine Investment raises millions more
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/16)
    Alpine Investment Management in Clayton has raised $20.7 million for a pooled investment fund, according to an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edward Jones makes Fortune’s list of best workplaces
    (The Robesonian, 3/14/16)
    Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 10 on Fortune magazine’s recent list of “100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators again ranked among nation’s top startup accelerators
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/14/16)
    Capital Innovators, the St. Louis-based technology startup accelerator, has again been ranked among the best startup boosters in the nation, according to a list compiled by researchers from Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $9 million investment in local tech company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/8/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the Clayton-based venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman last year, has made its first deal: a $9 million investment into Swansea, Illinois-based OneSpace. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    VelociData raises another $1.5 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/8/16)
    VelociData, a Webster Groves-based firm that specializes in data normalization for large corporations, has raised just shy of $1.5 million from a group of four unidentified investors, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis election startup acquires competitor for $1 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/8/16)
    KNOWiNK, the St. Louis-based startup that’s developed technology to help election officials, has acquired Election Administrators (EA), a south St. Louis County-based company that makes electronic poll books and other mobile election technologies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TechShop Sees Success With National Partnerships
    (EQ, 3/11/16)
    We’re still months away from the opening of TechShop St. Louis, but take a drive down Forest Park Avenue and you’ll see progress is being made. Our location spans 18,000 square feet on the corner of Forest Park Avenue and Boyle, offering a workspace for entrepreneurs, students, makers and anyone with an and idea that just won’t go away. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health care IT startup raises nearly $3 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/17/16)
    Radialogica, a St. Louis health care IT startup that uses data to improve and reduce the costs of cancer care, has raised $2.9 million from a group of angel investors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bunge to open innovation center in St. Charles
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/16)
    Bunge North America, a grain trader and food ingredient maker based in Creve Coeur, has acquired a 35,000-square-foot office/industrial facility in St. Charles. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    O'Fallon company sees promise in water conservation agent
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/14/16)
    Locally based Brookside Agra says it has developed an all-natural water conservation agent called H2OExcel that is showing promising results in multiple university research studies and recent field trials on corn, soybean and wheat crops in Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    That’s Life (Sciences)
    (EQ, 3/4/16)
    The life sciences industry is exploding: According to data from Thomson Reuters, 2015 was a banner year for the US in life science fundraising, posting the highest investment totals on record for the industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area's industrial market continues strong growth
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/11/16)
    All the arrows are pointing the right way for the St. Louis region’s industrial market.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Twitter founder, St. Louis native Jack Dorsey grants funding wishes for Missouri teachers
    (KTVI, 3/10/16)
     Twitter CEO and St. Louisan Jack Dorsey has come to the rescue of teachers in Missouri school districts that are struggling with budgetary issues. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NASA gives SIUE $11.5 million for citizen science
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/10/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been awarded an $11.5 million grant from NASA to expand its citizen science and educational activities by developing software that enables regular people to help NASA make new discoveries. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lindenwood University consolidating Wildwood, downtown campuses at Old Post Office
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/10/16)
    Lindenwood University officials will combine their Wildwood and downtown St. Louis campuses into one and move them into 32,000 square feet in the Old Post Office building, at 815 Olive St.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro: New transit center in Ferguson opens Monday
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/14/16)
    The $10.3 million facility in Ferguson opens on Monday and will correspond with a redesigned service plan for the north county area. The center includes an indoor waiting area, public restrooms, concessions and free parking.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Urban League gets $2 million boost for jobs center in Ferguson
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/14/16)
    The plans have expanded from a 4,000 square-foot one-story building to a 13,000 square-foot structure with two stories. McMillan said it’s as big as the zoning ordinances allow and gives them space to house six service organizations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis got thousands of new apartments last year. Here’s where they are.
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/10/2016)
    The St. Louis region got more than 1,532 new apartments in the nine largest developments in 2015, according to RENTCafé, a nationwide listing service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis officials hope to nearly double MTC funding
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/8/16)
    Officials with the St. Louis Regional Chamber are lobbying state lawmakers to nearly double the amount of state funding for the Missouri Technology Corp. (MTC). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Leaders forecast economic loss if Missouri’s ‘religious freedom’ bill is approved
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/18/2016)
    St. Louis officials and corporate leaders on Friday made an economic case against a state resolution that would prohibit penalizing those who decline to provide goods or services for same-sex marriage ceremonies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Businesses largely oppose ‘religious liberties’ bill
    (The Missouri Times, 3/15/16)
    With the contested passage of SJR 39 out of the Senate last week after 40 hours of a Democratic filibuster and a previous question, most eyes have turned to the House where the measure is expected to be passed much quicker than it was in the Senate. The resolution, a proposed constitutional amendment, still has a long way before it reaches the ballot, but it has already sharply divided the state into two parts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Best Spring Trips of 2016 - National Blues Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
    (National Geographic, 3/15/16)
    Be among the first to “Become a Legend” at the new National Blues Museum (opens April 2). The highly interactive format leads museumgoers through the blues experience, beginning with creating a stage name and including writing songs, playing instruments, recording and mixing music, and creating audio files to play, save, and share on social media. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ‘This is not a fly-by city anymore:’ Two St. Louis chefs named finalists for James Beard awards
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/15/16)
    Two St. Louis chefs are finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards in the category of Best Chef: Midwest. Kevin Nashan, chef-owner of Sidney Street Café and Peacemaker Lobster & Crab, and Kevin Willmann, chef-owner of Farmhaus, proceed to the final round before the winner is announced May 2 at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues-Blackhawks set for Winter Classic at Busch Stadium
    (KTVI, 3/9/16)
    Outdoor hockey is coming to St. Louis.  The NHL said Wednesday night before the St. Louis Blues' game against the Chicago Blackhawks that the teams will play in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Madness equals big bucks for downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/4/16)
    More than 50,000 tickets are expected to be sold for year’s Missouri Valley Conference’s men’s basketball tournament — affectionately known as Arch Madness — bringing some 23,000 college basketball fans to downtown St. Louis over the course of the four-day tournament at Scottrade Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 04, 2016
    ITEN report: St. Louis tech startups upped fundraising in 2015
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    St. Louis’ tech startups increased funding 13 percent in 2015 to nearly $176 million, according to the ITEN Tech Startup Report, an annual study of the health of the tech startup scene in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Thomson Reuters moving jobs to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    Thomson Reuters, the business information and media firm, plans to relocate 17 jobs from Argentina to its Creve Coeur campus, officials announced. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene is said to plan 20-story tower in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/1/16)
    After quietly acquiring considerable land in Clayton, Centene Corp. is planning a new office tower in the heart of that city, according to a prominent real estate executive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tech startups expected to add over 700 jobs in St. Louis this year: IT jobs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/3/16)
    Over the next half-decade, roughly 10,000 technology-related jobs are expected in the St. Louis market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty partners with RGA to grow fintech startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    St. Louis-based financial services startup accelerator SixThirty has inked a partnership with RGAx, a subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America that focuses on new and emerging technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Give And Take: How St. Louis’ Community Drives Collaboration Between Startups And Banks
    (EQ, 2/29/16)
    St. Louis is a unique ecosystem for business in a lot of respects. As we often cover, our startup community is more collaborative than many entrepreneurs would find elsewhere. That community-driven aspect also permeates the financial world, and it’s paying off for legacy banks and FinTech startups alike. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators launches executive hiring platform
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/1/16)
    Capital Innovators, the St. Louis-based technology startup accelerator, has launched a new platform to give budding entrepreneurs better access to executives to help grow their startups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis startup to double workforce in St. Louis
    ((St. Louis Business Journal, 2/25/15)
    Bonfyre, the St. Louis-based social media startup that earlier this year raised $2.5 million, has committed to doubling its employee count at its headquarters on The Hill. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Global VR/AR Association Launches In St. Louis
    (EQ, 2/26/16)
    “I have this phrase that I’ve started using which is, ‘VR is not just a thing, AR is not just a thing, VR and AR will be everything,” says Nathan Pettyjohn, founder and president of the VR/AR Association, launched last month. “Almost every element of our lives in the next five to 10 years [is] going to be touched by this technology. It will be the next big platform after mobile.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nation's largest insurers knock Obamacare marketplaces, but Centene finds success
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/28/16)
    Some of the nation’s health insurance giants are complaining that they are losing money on the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. … Yet, Clayton-based Centene is thriving. Though its core business remains managed care for state-run Medicaid programs, Centene has found a growing, lucrative niche in the federal and state-run marketplaces. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension finalizes acquisition of Wisconsin health system
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    Ascension has finalized its acquisition of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, a nearly $2 billion system that is one of the largest health care providers in southeast Wisconsin. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing appoints Leanne Caret to head St. Louis-based defense unit
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Leanne Caret, a 28-year Boeing (NYSE: BA) veteran, will take over Boeing’s St. Louis-based Defense, Space and Security business as CEO March 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lighthouse for the Blind wins $19.5 million in federal work
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, which provides manufacturing and packaging services, recently began work on $19.5 million in orders from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis picks new site for maintenance garage, could mean 200 more jobs
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/24/16)
    St. Louis has picked a place to store and maintain its fleet of trash trucks, setting in motion a process that could lead to 200 new jobs in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis increases youth summer job opportunities
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/26/15)
    St. Louis is one of 15 cities across the U.S. that increased the number of private sector worksites offering summer youth employment, according to a report from JPMorgan Chase. St. Louis added 19 new partnerships in 2015, the fourth most among the 15 cities in the report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Higher Education: SIUE to offer environmental sciences degree
    (Belleville News Democrat, 3/1/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences will offer a bachelor’s degree program in environmental sciences beginning in the fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Soldiers Memorial closes for $30 million renovation
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum closed Sunday for a $30 million renovation, with plans to open its doors again in 2018. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    People’s to break ground on new youth health center
    (St. Louis American, 2/25/16)
    Dwayne Butler’s expertise was in business and finance, not health care, when he took over as president and CEO of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers from his mother, the organization’s founder and namesake, in 2008. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minority business ownership surges in Metro area
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/24/16)
    The number of minority-owned businesses in the St. Louis region has shown substantial growth in recent years, expanding faster than any of the other 50 most populous metro areas in the country. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America
    (Savoy, 2/28/16)
    Richard J. Mark, President and CEO of Ameren Illinois was ranked as a distinguished African-American corporate leader. The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Webster University holding two-day summit aimed at tackling diversity
    (KMOV, 2/29/16)
    Webster University will hold a two-day summit aimed at tackling diversity this week.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Public Library tops off $20 million capital campaign
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/15)
    The St. Louis Public Library Foundation has completed its $20 million capital campaign, raising about $40,000 above its goal, according to foundation Director Elizabeth Reeves. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New fashion director in St. Louis looks to lead industry revival
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/26/16)
    The once-bustling St. Louis fashion industry could be poised for a rebound and a native with some big-time economic development experience is playing a key role.  >> CLICK FOR MORE