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Meet the Brown Smith Wallace Startup Industry Team

Back row from left to right: Greg Krussel, Kurt Kuhl, Mark Buggs, Kevin Boeving, Matt Shepard, Matt Megargel
Front row from left to right: Alex Johnson, Kristin Edwards, Amy Shepard, Cathy Goldsticker, Amy Jackson

Venture Cafe Office Hours

The St. Louis Venture Café Gathering provides support, connections and valuable resources to the innovation community, and we are proud to be a part of it!

Our professionals volunteer to share their expertise during office hours at select Venture Café Thursday Gatherings from 4 - 6 p.m. at 4240 Duncan in the Cortex Innovation District. Click here to find reserve your timeslot with a member of our Startup team. 

St. Louis Region Startup Survey
We work closely with some of the most influential groups in the St. Louis startup ecosystem. We know the community—we understand the challenges young companies face and we know what it takes to mature into a profitable, thriving organization.

In an effort to provide business insights, trends and challenges about the startup community, we launched a survey in 2015 and used input from startup founders, employees, investors, and other groups that support the startup community to create a report with insights on issues impacting the Startup community in the St. Louis Region. 

In our 2018 survey, we focused on money. In our previous surveys, we asked the startup community at large the #1 challenge that startups faced. Year after year, the answer remained cash flow. So, we dug into the issue of funding by seeking actionable feedback from current and potential investors, accelerators and other funding sources. Download a copy of Investor Insights: Results from the 2018 St. Louis Region Startup Community Survey here

Fiscal Management is a Key to Success

Too often, accounting and tax issues aren’t a priority for startup companies; falling to the bottom of the to-do list in favor of other priorities like fundraising, product development and marketing. However, it’s important to note that your balance sheet is a critical aspect of your company’s foundation. This is true at the beginning of your journey and as you grow and become more successful. If your finances are in disarray, investors may be wary of providing the critical capital needed to help your business grow.


One of the benefits of working with a firm like Brown Smith Wallace is our ability to grow with your organization. We can provide the essential services you need at the outset, like helping to define your organizational structure. This process includes:

  • Assisting you with completing tax filings for all the appropriate tax jurisdictions
  • Accounting software set-up and related training and consulting
  • Other income tax consulting services for you and your company

As your business matures, we have the specialists on hand to address more complex matters related to employee payroll, foreign tax consulting and compliance, state income and sales tax reporting compliance, and valuation services.

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