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Educational offerings are available for the following major subject areas:

  • 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.

Oct. 23: Best Places to Work Conference – Columbia

Best Places to Work 2014Want to make your business the best place to work? Learn from Missouri’s top executives at the Best Places to Work Conference, Reynolds Alumni Center, University of Missouri-Columbia, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23. The event features the winners of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Missouri contest (Onshore Outsourcing, Big Cedar Lodge, Boeringer Ingelheim VetMedica, Veterans United, Graybar, Burns & McDonnell) and such speakers as Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear; Peter Altschul, who broke barriers in spite of blindness; Melissa Wood, chief administrative officer of Burns & McDonnell; Amanda Andrade, “chief people officer” of Veterans United; and many more. Cost is $59 and includes a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast. Sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Moresource Inc., The University of Missouri Office of Economic Development, Burns & McDonnell, The Bank of Missouri and The Society of Human Resource Managers. Hosted by Missouri Business magazine.

For more information, contact Gretchen Fuhrman, Missouri Business magazine, at 800-492-2593 ext. 102 or

Oct. 23: Mid-Missouri GrowFest – Moberly

Mid-Mo Growfest 2014Mid-Missouri GrowFest, which introduces entrepreneurs to potential investors and new products and services to the public, will be held in the Moberly Municipal Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 p.m. The event brings together the SBTDC, entrepreneurs, investors, economic development agencies and chambers of commerce to help start new businesses. Free and open to the public. More information/registration.

♦ Oct. 23 and 30: Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars – online

The Affordable Care Act: what businesses need to knowThe SBA and Small Business Majority continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars Thursdays at 1 p.m. to educate small business owners on the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in health insurance marketplaces, which open early for Missouri. See this article about the Affordable Care Act for more information.
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♦ Oct. 29-Nov. 1: ABWA National Women’s Leadership Conference – Overland Park

ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference - Overland ParkThe American Business Women’s Association national conference, to be held from 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, features keynote speakers Jenna Bush Hager, author and contributing correspondent, NBC’s “Today” show; Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, founder of Educational Achievement Services; Nina Godiwalla, CEO of Mindworks; and Dr. Donna Hicks, co-host with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the BBC’s “Facing the Truth.” Wednesday begins with a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, 6100 College Blvd.: JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “Your Business, speaks at 10 a.m. and a second session hosted by Michele Markey, VP of Kauffman FastTrac, follows from 1-5:30 p.m. The conference then shifts to the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., on Thursday. Includes a Halloween dance Friday evening and a performance of the Texas Tenors at a concluding gala banquet. Cost is $599 members, $699 non-members; Saturday only, $375. Men are very welcome.

Oct. 30: Financing Your Technology-Based Business: Winning SBIR/STTR Grants – Columbia

Technology CommercializationHave a technology business but don’t know where to find funding? This seminar, to be held at the downtown Columbia BDP office, 500 E. Walnut, Suite 103, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., explains how to win SBIR (Small Business Initiative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) grants from federal programs that provide R&D funds for small tech businesses with genuine commercial potential. Learn how to find and apply for the right grant for your technology business. Cost $79. Register online.

♦ Nov. 6 – Dec. 17: Winning Government Contracts and Selling to the Government: The First Steps – Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis

MO PTACThe federal government is the largest customer in the world, with some estimates placing overall contracts as high as $530 billion. And 23 percent of prime contracts are set aside for small businesses, 5 percent for women-owned small businesses and 5 percent for small disadvantaged businesses. These courses, held statewide, provide invaluable information on how to break into government contracting and dramatically increase your chances for success. Topics will include contract and procurements types, full and open set asides, time and materials, firm fixed types and cost plus. You will also learn how to identify procurement opportunities through FedBizOps, OSBDU, the state of Missouri and local government sites; and how to register and become certified (MBE/WBE/DBE/SDVE). Cost is as little as $15. View the listing of all MO PTAC events and register online.

♦ Nov. 19: StartUp Connection - St. Louis

StartUp ConnectionStartUp Connection, which bills itself as the biggest entrepreneurial event in St. Louis, is moving from the St. Louis Science Center to Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd., this year, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 4-7:30 p.m. The venture showcase, resource fair and  pitch competition doles out more than $150,000 in prizes. Top ventures from the St. Louis area will be selected from a range of industries, including IT and tech, consumer products, manufacturing, FinTech and bioscience. You’ll also see the 15 finalists from the Startup Challenge business plan competition. StartUp Connection is organized by several entrepreneur support organizations and investors, including Cortex, Cultivation Capital, ITEN and Arch Grants. More information.

Visit the small business training calendar or the procurement training calendar for more events, dates, details and registration information.


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