Training courses & programs
Upcoming eventsFull list of training courses
- Springfield, MO
- Columbia, MO
- Jefferson City, MO
- Saint Louis, MO
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
The Business Development Program offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.
These introductory three-hour seminars will provide a clear overview of the critical first steps in winning government contracts — how to get started, understanding federal, state and local government registrations, the bidding process and certifications. The seminars will also cover MO PTAC services to assist Missouri businesses in all aspects of government contracting. Cost is $50 per session.
- Feb. 9: Winning government contracts: The first steps – Springfield
- 8:30-11:30 a.m., 405 N. Jefferson Ave. Register for Springfield Feb. 9.
- Feb. 11: Selling to the government: The first steps – Creve Couer
9 a.m.-noon, 10650 Gateway Blvd. Register for Creve Couer Feb. 11.
This series of 10 sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 22 and ending Tuesday, March 22 in Room 1000, Plaster Free Enterprise Center, 405 N. Jefferson, provides a practical introduction to the everyday tasks of starting and managing a business. The sessions start with “Is Owning a Business a Good Fit for You?” and includes record keeping, tax planning and reporting. The curriculum also serves as a firm foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance. “Money Smart for Small Business” is a joint venture between Guaranty Bank and the MSU SBTDC. $75 for all 10 sessions, or $10 per session. Register for Money Smart for Small Business.
This seminar, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4747 Troost Ave., will explain how to win SBIR (Small Business Initiative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) federal grants that provide essential R&D funds for small tech businesses like yours. Lunch included. $35. Register for SBIR/STTR workshop.
Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur, commercial lender or economic developer interested in exporting your products or services? Don’t miss this free seminar, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, at 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 23. Subjects will include intellectual property, political risks, how to develop a global perspective, foreign and U.S. compliance regulations, researching customers, investigating unsolicited inquiries , cultural and language differences and more. This seminar is also an excellent opportunity to meet one-on-one with export specialists including reps from SCORE, the St. Charles SBTDC and St. Charles County Economic Development Council. Register for Export problems and opportunities.
What are the legislative and court decisions that regulate employment? What’s their real impact on you? How to avoid costly personnel mistakes and legal fees? Find out on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Plaster Free Enterprise Center, 405 N. Jefferson, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and receive a broad overview of federal and state laws with a day-to-day impact on HR decisions and actions, explained in layperson’s terms. No prior knowledge of the legal system necessary. Cost $209. Register for Legal issues impacting the workplace.
Do you make custom jewelry, decorative home items or other handmade products? Want to start selling them? This free series of courses, to be held at 605 W. Main St., West Plains, from 10 a.m. to noon starting Saturday, Feb. 27 and ending Saturday, March 26, will guide you through the intricacies of starting an online shop for your unique handcrafted items: time management, branding, pricing, shipping and photography, among other topics. Held in partnership with Etsy. All participants can list 20 items for sale for free on Etsy. Must commit to attending five sessions minimum, have a credit card and checking account and Internet access. Register for Craft entrepreneurship.
Who are your customers? Where are they? How much disposable income do they have, what are their educational backgrounds, how many children do they have? This training, to be held at the Webb City Chamber of Commerce, 112 W. Broadway St., from 5:30-6:30 p.m., will help you find and analyze the demographic information you need to rev your business. $10. Register for Analyzing demographics.
Chances are pretty good someone is looking online for what you offer now. The MSSU SBTDC, Google and several chambers of commerce have teamed to host this free workshop to help get your firm online and on the map with a Google Business Listing. Attendees should have a laptop with Wi-Fi; a limited number are available. Listing with Google is free. To be held 3-4 p.m., 3950 Newman Road, Joplin. Register for Let’s put our cities #OnTheMap.
Celebrate National Agricultural Day in this agribusiness marketing forum, to be held from 1-4 p.m., 110 Saint Louis Street, West Plains, which will include speakers on domestic and international agricultural marketing; on SBA, USDA and other loans and financing options; and on educational programs available to Missouri businesses. General registration is $20; students, chamber and OzSBI members, $10. Register for Agribusiness marketing forum.
Do you plan to sell your business any time in the next 20 years? If so, you can start thinking about succession planning and how to properly value your business in this online seminar to be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This session can help determine your firm’s true worth, how to optimize its value and find the buyer right for you. $39. Register for Succession planning and valuing your business.
♦ April 19: Writing a contract proposal – Cape Girardeau
April 21: Writing a contract proposal – Springfield
Join us on Tuesday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, or Thursday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Springfield, to learn from experienced contracting professionals how to write a successful proposal to win a government contract. Recognized leaders in contracting from the Georgia Tech PTAC will help you understand the standard forms used in government solicitations, review all format requirements, how to best introduce your organization, restate the scope of work in deliverables and requirements, assess evaluation criteria and minimum requirements and develop a fair price, among other issues. Cost, $75. Continuing education credits available. For more information, email email@example.com.
Learn how to successfully negotiate a contract with the federal government on Tuesday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, or Thursday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A recognized leader in contracting from the Georgia Tech PTAC will cover fair and reasonable pricing, cost analysis; negotiation steps, styles and techniques; preparation; bargaining tips; and much more. Session will include a real-life contract negotiation exercise. Cost, $75. Continuing education credits available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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