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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.

Sept. 22-26: FastTrac NewVenture – St. Louis

FastTrac NewVentureFastTrac NewVenture is a five day workshop, with all materials and lunch provided, from Sept. 22-26 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily, designed for the new entrepreneur. Participants will look at every aspect of a proposed company, explore the feasibility of a business concept and develop a viable business plan. Participants will also learn about myriad startup issues and how to address the competition, legal matters, marketing and financial management. FastTrac participants don’t just learn about business, they work on their own business throughout the course. This program is fast-paced and energizing, using guest speakers and group breakout activities. Workshops are free to dislocated workers. Individuals must be unemployed and enrolled in the WIA Program at a Missouri Career Center. Visit to enroll. A 50 percent reduction is also available to some individuals. To register, 314-657-3547 or or register online.

♦ Sept. 30: FastTrac TechVenture - Kansas City (8 sessions, runs through Nov. 18)

hands holding laptop, tablet, smartphoneOn the cusp of developing a cutting-edge technology or science-based product? Need help with the details, including funding and intellectual property protection? FastTrac TechVenture, to be held by the UMKC SBTDC in eight sessions beginning Sept. 30 and ending Nov. 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, is for you. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, TechVenture is designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs like you a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into a viable innovation. You’ll learn from experienced business coaches and successful entrepreneurs and from peers, creating a powerful network that will continue well after the program is complete. $795 or $75 with a scholarship through Digital Sandbox KC.
Apply for FastTrac TechVenture.

♦ Oct. 3-5: HackMizzou 2014 - Columbia

HackMizzou 2014Hack Mizzou legally from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 in Lafferre Hall and Engineering Building West as the College of Engineering presents MU’s second annual university-wide coding blitz. Steve Devlin, BDP director, will act as HackMizzou mentor.

Open to all students to compete in two- to five-person teams to create any app you can dream up. Prizes include a Google Nexus seven-inch tablet, Parrot AR Drone 2, Pebble SmartWatch7, GoPro Hero 3 and Amazon Fire TV. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Last year’s HackMizzou winners included Dwollify, a universal donate button; FriendFinder, an automatic dating service using data pulled from social media; and Social Sonar, which visualizes nearby tweets using a radar-like interface.
Learn more about HackMizzou.

♦ Oct. 7-8: Missouri Water Resources Research Center (MOWRRC) Symposium – Columbia

MOWRRC logoThe MOWRRC Symposium will examine water issues of the past 50 years and create a forum to discuss future water issues. Topics will include water quality, water management and water policy. Of special interest is a discussion on the water-energy-food nexus. More information.

♦ Oct. 8: Winning Federal Research Grants (SBIR/STTR Workshop) – Kansas City

SBIR / STTRThis introductory seminar, to be held at the UMKC Innovation Center, 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will explain how to win valuable 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 strong commercial potential. $35. Lunch is included. More information.

♦ Oct. 16: Missouri Tech Expo - Columbia

Missouri Tech Expo - University of Missouri, Oct. 16, 2014The University of Missouri is proud to present the Missouri Tech Expo, to be held at the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, near the intersection of College Ave. and Rollins St., MU campus, on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome from Chris Fender, director, MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations. This event, dedicated to advancing MU-fueled discoveries, inventions and innovations, includes a three-part Tiger Cage, at which technology representatives pitch licensing-stage university technologies; and presentations on the next big thing by Dr. Gabor Forgacs, chief scientific officer, Modern Meadow, Inc. and Dr. Stephen O’Connor, CEO, ImpeDx Diagnostics, LLC. $40 for MU system faculty and staff, $20 for students. Free to faculty, staff or students without meals or the evening reception, 4- 6 p.m. More information/registration.

♦ Oct. 30-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 in the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., from 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, is a chance to learn and grow as a professional using graduate level courses designed to enhance your management skills and motivational speakers who’ll help you take a new look at yourself. This year’s keynote speakers include 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.” 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. More information, schedule and registration.

♦ 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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