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2015

How to Start a Business

  • 9:00am
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
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How to Start a Business

  • 6:00pm
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
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How to Write a Business Plan

  • 9:00am
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
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Educational offerings are available in the following subjects:

  • Starting a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Business management (including FastTrac)
  • Marketing/sales (including social media/e-commerce)
  • Finance/cash flow/bookkeeping (including QuickBooks)
  • Winning grants
  • Human resources/hiring employees
  • Growing a business
  • Exporting/international trade
  • Selling to the government
  • Special conferences for women, veterans, government procurement, more
Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Course titles may vary based on location. See the listings on this page or visit the full calendar. Some online classes are also available.

Learning around the state

The Business Development Program offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.

♦ July, Aug.: Affordable Care Act 101 webinars – online

Free webinars on Affordable Care Act 101The SBA and Small Business Majority continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars every other Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT to educate small business owners on the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it all means for small businesses — tax credits, shared responsibility, cost containment and more. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

Webinar dates/registration

Spanish-language ACA 101 webinars

 ♦ August 11-13: Certified Global Business Professional Exam (CGBP) Training – Columbia

NASBITE CGBP exam prep in Columbia, MOThe MO SBTDC and the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business will host CGBP exam training August 11-13 for business professionals ready to take the next step in international trade expertise. This course is designed to allow professionals to pass the NASBITE CGBP exam, emblem of excellence in international trade education.
Get details.
Register online.

  ♦ Aug. 13, Sept. 10: Selling to the Government: The First Steps – Creve Coeur
Aug. 13, Sept. 3: Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps – Kansas City

The federal government is the world’s largest customer, awarding more than $400 billion in contracts annually to small business owners. Are you ready to break into this huge and lucrative market? Each three-hour seminars offer an overview of the critical first steps in becoming a contractor, identifying the opportunities right for you and understanding the often elaborate contracting process. $50 each. Seminars will also cover MO PTAC services to assist you with every aspect of government contracting.
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 ♦ Aug. 17, 27: Developing Cash Flow – Cape Girardeau

Do you know where your cash goes? In Understanding Cash Flow, part 1, you’ll learn how cash flows into and out of your business. You’ll also identify the sources of cash, uses of cash, different categories of expenses and how to turn a baffling cash flow report into plain English. In part 2, you will develop a cash flow statement, learn to estimate future sources and uses of cash and how to analyze those predictions to make more informed decisions. Part 1 to be held Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-noon and again from 6-9 p.m., 920 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau; part 2, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-noon and again from 6-9 p.m., also 920 Broadway St.

 ♦ Sept. 2: Social Media Secrets and Strategies for Business – Kansas City

This three-hour training, to be held at 4747 Troost Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m., will show you what a business-to-business (vs. business-to-customer) social media strategy looks like; how your website can facilitate the growth of your business; how to get targeted clients, prospects and industry media to share your content; what to do about ugly comments and trolls; how to warm up trade show leads weeks before the event starts; how to stay in Facebook’s news feed without paying so much for ads and more. Class taught by Anne Cull, ThinkViral LLC. $199. Register online for Social Media Secrets and Strategies for Business.

 ♦ Sept. 16-Nov. 25: Small Business Academy – Jefferson City

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” — Will Rogers.
Want to grow your business but not sure how? Or is your business growing so fast you can’t keep up? Then the one of a kind Jefferson City Small Business Academy, to be held each Wednesday through November at 213 Adams Street, Jefferson City from 8-11 a.m., is for you. The Academy, a partnership between the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and the MO SBTDC, will provide the opportunity to work on your business rather than working in your business using a world-class curriculum developed by the Kauffman Foundation. Fee is $450 for all 11 sessions. Online application information for Small Business Academy. Applications due by Aug. 15.

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