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Self-Employed St. Louis (SESTL)

Self-Employed St. Louis

We all know that being self-employed can be hard, but Self-Employed St. Louis (SESTL) believes that every self-employed professional deserves to be regularly inspired, educated and supported by a friendly community of peers.

We combat the common feelings of isolation and working in a vacuum by creating a community of motivated business owners, provide learning opportunities and foster idea sharing and group problem solving.

How do we do this?

  1. Monthly Mastermind Networking Lunches with educational topics, actionable ideas and mastermind brainstorming
  2. Linked In Group fostering healthy discussion, problem solving and resource sharing.

If you’re a small business owner working solo or with 1-5 employees in the St. Louis Metro area or your thinking about starting a business, you’re welcome to join us to network and share best practices around marketing, time management, sales and other key issues.

Do I Have to Be a Member?

Nope! We are not a membership based group. You are welcome to participate as you are able to.

We LOVE Our Sponsors!

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HIVE44 Coworking Community


Like them on Facebook! /The HIVE 44 St. Louis Business Coworking Center

1017 Fenpark Dr., Fenton, MO 63026


The HIVE44 provides all the office amenities small and home-based businesses need to succeed PLUS great office-mates, networking opportunities, business growth classes and more!

HIVE44 Special for Self-Employed St. Louis Members

  • Attend an SESTL Meeting – Receive a Free day at The HIVE44 that month!

Contact thehive44@gmail.com or 636-405-3130 for more info.


Stay in the Loop

Join the SESTL mailing list

Join our Meetup Group to
RSVP for each meeting and
get updates about meeting topics

Join our exclusive Linked In Group only for
St. Louis local self-employed professionals.
Seek suggestions for your issues, join group
discussions and find helpful resources.

Get all announcements and news
delivered directly to your inbox by
signing up for the SESTL Email list.



Calendar of Events

Below is a list of the SESTL upcoming events and opportunities


Friday, May 5, 2017


Care and Feeding of Your LLC


So you’ve followed someone’s advice and formed an LLC, congratulations! Now what!?! How can you best manage and protect your LLC? How can you get the most benefit from your LLC? Why is it even important? These questions and many more will be tackled by our expert panel to help ensure you know how to best care for your LLC, before you find yourself in trouble. Join Andy Magnus, of ProActive Tax Pros, Louise Pooley, of Pooley Accounting Services, and Thomas A. Durphy of Shands Elbert Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP and moderator Tiffany Hoeckelman, Lone Orange Brand+Design to discover all the things you didn’t know about your valuable LLC.


SESTL 5th Anniversary – Update Your Headshot


5 years ago, Tiffany Hoeckelman of Lone Orange Brand+Design took over as organizer of SESTL from founder Sharon Reus who founded it in 2010. This month we celebrate our 5th year under Tiffany’s guidance. To celebrate, SESTL member, Layne Baker of Photography by Layne is offering a very special SESTL professional portrait package. At the May 5th meeting, Layne will be setting up her mobile studio so you can get your professional headshot updated!


  • $50 (regularly $125)
  • 1 outfit on off-white backdrop
  • 7-8 proofs available online within 2 weeks.
  • 3 final finished selections, downloadable as high resolution JPGs (Additional images available for $10 each)
  • Payment will be accepted at the meeting but you MUST register ahead of time.

To register, email tiffany@loneorange.com with ‘Headshot Appointment‘ as your email subject. Appointments will be scheduled in first-come-first-served order.


Networking Lunch; 11:30AM-1:30PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company




Friday, June 2, 2017


Using the Phone to Connect with New Leads


With digital and email marketing all the rage, can you still use the phone to grow your business? Absolutely!
Join John Eyres, of Business Connections Consulting, for insight into the best way to use the phone for lead generation.

You’ll learn:

  • WHAT is the best way to use phone calling for new business?
  • WHY should I use the phone to make calls?
  • Why a personal touch can be important
  • HOW to be better person making those calls!
  • AND… John’s Secret Sauce for business calling!


Networking Lunch; 11:30AM-1:30PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company




Friday, July 7, 2017


Mastermind Solutions


Bring your challenges, questions and most burning issues to brainstorm with your fellow entrepreneurs to find great solutions. Join us for a unique meeting where you will get insight, learn from other’s experiences, and find answers you didn’t even know were possible!

Networking Lunch; 11:30AM-1:30PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company











Speaking Opportunities

Want to Inspire our Self-Employed Community?

Self-Employed St. Louis is always on the lookout for speakers to share their knowledge at our monthly lunch on a topic pertinent to self-employed professionals. If you are interested, please complete the Speaker Presentation Proposal Form which can be accessed at the link below.

Presentation Criteria

  • Audience of 15-50 Self-Employed professionals
  • 30 minutes to speak and answer questions
  • Content must be educational – marketing of a service, company, program or product will not be considered.
  • Content should be a dynamic presentation of a topic or issue that is immediately relevant to self-employed business owners.
  • Content must include actionable ideas for participants.

If you’d like to submit a proposal to speak, click here to complete the proposal form.

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