• 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
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 26, 2016
    St. Louis Regional Chamber announces Arcus award winners
    (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/26/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber recognized local businesses and organizations for making the region a better place to live, work and invest. Recipients of this year's Arcus Awards are: >> CLICK FOR MORE
    For more local coverage of the Arcus Awards:
     >> St. Louis Business Journal
    >> CBS Local
    Joe Reagan speaks with Charlie Brennan about Arcus award winners
    (KMOX NewsRadio 1120, 2/26/16)
    Charlie talks with Joe Reagan about the winners of the ARCUS Awards, celebrating achievements and honoring leaders who inspire a greater St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Report: St. Louis ‘poised to be a new tech center’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    A new report analyzing the tech industry’s impact on local real estate has found the St. Louis-area could be poised to be a new tech center in the United States. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis has strong climate for small business: Report
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/16)
    St. Louis has a strong small business environment, mirroring that of the nation and the majority of 25 big cities, as measured in a new study. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture deals with St. Louis health care tech companies jump 212%
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
    Funding to St. Louis-area health care technology companies increased 23 percent in 2015 to $129.1 million while the number of venture capital deals in the sector increased 212 percent to 25. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis house prices end year with 5 percent gain
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/16)
    House prices in metro St. Louis last year posted their biggest calendar-year gain since 2005, according to new figures from the federal government. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regions to invest millions in high-tech branches
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/26/2016)
    Regions Bank plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in the St. Louis region to build new high-tech bank branches that replace teller lines and safe-deposit box keys with video tellers and retina scanner. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology wins slice of $5 billion Army contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/16)
    World Wide Technology was one of 17 contractors picked by the U.S. Army this month to participate in a $5 billion project to provide servers, workstations, laptops, networking equipment and other IT products to the Army and other buyers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MasterCard’s ‘Selfie Pay’ to roll out this summer
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/22/16)
    Technology that will allow users to make a purchase by taking a selfie was partially developed in the St. Louis area. It will roll at this summer across the globe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis IT firm lands $22 million federal project
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    ​Chameleon Integrated Services, a St. Louis-based IT services firm, has won a third contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), this one valued at $22 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Microloan program planned for small businesses in Madison County
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced Thursday that the county has joined forces with the nonprofit organization Justine Petersen to create a microloan program for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE 
    Arch Grants notes successes, seeks to broaden base
    (InnoVox STL, 2/22/16)
    The executive director of Arch Grants is inviting everyone to be part of her organization’s story. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    FinLocker raises $2.25 million in capital
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/24/16)
    FinLocker, a Clayton financial-technology startup that wants to automate the process of loan applications, has raised $2.25 million from investors led by Cultivation Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Network security startup raises $1.6 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/22/16)
    St. Louis network security firm Observable Networks has closed on $1.6 million in convertible debt from investors led by DH Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis University will host million-dollar GlobalHack
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/16)
    St. Louis University has agreed to sponsor and host a $1 million GlobalHack programming competition this fall. The organization, based in St. Louis, has hosted five hackathons since 2013 and has given away $275,000 in prize money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LouFest founder leaves event to start new multifaceted festival
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/15)
    "LouFest founder Brian Cohen has said goodbye to the 6-year-old music festival in Forest Park. He’s moving on to a brand-new festival.
    Cohen and Cortex president and CEO Dennis Lower have teamed up to create Murmuration, a multifaceted three-day event that will include music along with science, technology and art."
    ButcherJoseph & Co. Advises Triad Manufacturing on Sale to Employees
    (Yahoo Finance, 2/23/16)
    ​ButcherJoseph & Co. (“ButcherJoseph”) served as the exclusive financial advisor to Triad Manufacturing (“Triad” or the “Company”) in its sale to the Triad Manufacturing Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). Headquartered in St. Louis and led by Co-Presidents Mike McCormick, Bob Hardie and Dave Caito, Triad has been manufacturing custom fixtures and retail store environments for almost 25 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Reliable Biopharmaceutical Expands Production Capacity at St. Louis, Missouri, Plant
    (Area Development News, 2/16/16)
    Reliable Biopharmaceutical expanded its manufacturing capacity for Lithium Dodecyl Sulfate (Lithium Lauryl Sulfate) and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), at its production facility in St. Louis, Missouri.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer plans redo of long-vacant Jefferson Arms
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Mike Sarimsakci, founder and president of real estate developer Alterra International, said he’s got the Jefferson Arms building under contract and has plans for a major renovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses
    (WalletHub, 2/22/16)
    St. Louis ranks as the 14th best U.S. city for woman-owned businesses.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Chamber official talks to Belleville business community about moving forward through Ferguson
    (Belleville News Democrat, 2/25/16)
    During an Issues and Eggs breakfast Wednesday St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan spoke about the needed actions in the area to help bring about prosperity to the region.

    “If something happens in Belleville, good or bad; if something happens in Ferguson, if something happens in Chesterfield, something happens in Washington, or Union, or Mascoutah, it has effect throughout the entire region,” Reagan said.
    For The First Time, Ferguson Has A Majority Black City Council
    (Huffington Post, 2/24/16)
    ​Laverne Mitchom made history on Tuesday night when she became the fourth African-American member of the Ferguson City Council, giving the six-person body its first black majority.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Announcing the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Favorites Awards
    (TripAdvisor, 2/11/16)
    St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car wins TripAdvisor's 2016 Traveler's Choice Award for Travel Favorites in the car rental agency category. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minnesota could offer clues, contrasts for possible MLS stadium in St. Louis
    (KTVI, 2/24/16)
    As momentum continues building behind the scenes and in public for St. Louis to land a Major League Soccer franchise, there are still lots of questions. Who would lead the ownership group, where might a soccer-specific stadium be located, and who would pay for it being chief among them. >> CLICK FOR MORE