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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 BDP offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.

International trade seminars (various locations and dates)

MO SBTDC International Trade Services offer a variety of courses to help businesses get started or expand into export markets throughout Missouri.

Coming up this summer and fall:

  • September 17: International Market Research, Selection & Entry Strategies – Joplin

Visit the International Trade Services training courses page for details and registration information.

Tuesdays through September: Commander’s Corner Brown Bag: Business Plan Basics – online

seal reading Veterans Business Resource CenterThe Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Veterans Business Resource Center are pleased to present a free small business webinar series for veterans and members of the military community. Much of the information is relevant to all small businesses but will cover items of interest specific to veteran-owned small businesses. This series will be presented each Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. through the end of September. The series has discussed SBA loans and access to capital; featured Carolyn Jones, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, on government contracting first steps; and how to make marketing work for you. Register online.

♦ August 23: MU Extension Urban East Region Centennial Celebration – St. Louis

MU Extension 100 year celebration: Faust Park Aug. 23Join the MU Extension Urban East Region, representing Jefferson, St. Louis and St. Charles counties, for a celebration of MU Extension’s first 100 years Aug. 23 in Faust Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a food preservation contest, a 1919 steam tractor, robotics and canine agility displays, food, games and giveaways. Speakers include Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation and Bev Coberly, associate director of MU Extension. More information.

♦ September 3-5: Governor’s Conference on Economic Development – Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri: feels like homeThe Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will take place Sept. 3-5 at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks. Keynote speaker will be Thomas L. Friedman, internationally renowned journalist, author of six bestselling books, recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Governor Jay Nixon’s Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4. You can also sign up for a lake cruise or 18 holes at Tan-Tar-A’s prize-winning Oaks Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 3. A special room rate of $77 has been secured for conference attendees. More information/registration.

♦ September 10: Small Business Academy – Jefferson City (11 sessions; runs through Nov.)

“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 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. For an application or more information, contact the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce at 573-634-3616 or the Cole County SBTDC at 573-634-2824 or

♦ September 11: Ice House Entrepreneurship Program – Kansas City (10 sessions, runs through Nov.)

This unique program, to be held each Thursday through November from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at UMKC, 4747 Troost, Room 114, will inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of the entrepreneurial mindset and its nearly unlimited opportunities. The objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in the entrepreneurial experience. Cost is $545. Scholarships are available for dislocated workers, residents and businesses of Kansas City, Mo. For more information contact Carmen DeHart at or 816-235-6428. Inspired by Clifton Taulbert’s “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur,” a philosophy born in the Mississippi Delta and embraced by Lockheed Martin, the FBI, Bank of America, Baxter Healthcare, Pacific Coast Gas, the U.S. Department of Defense and of Justice. Apply online.

♦ September 17: Holiday Success Planning - Joplin

Holiday success planning event, Sept 17, JoplinHave you starting planning for the holidays? There’s less than two months before Halloween. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are only 26 days, between Thanksgiving and Christmas 27 days. Between Christmas and New Year’s there’s almost no time at all. This event, designed for those in the retail, service or restaurant business, to be held Wednesday, September 17 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Plaster Hall, Cornell Auditorium, MSSU campus, can help you get ready for your business’ peak time. Training includes tips to get started on planning and tools to create a plan to manage your business during this often frantic time. Cost is $20. Each participant will also receive a holiday planning guide. Register online.

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


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