Training courses & programs
Upcoming eventsFull list of training courses
- Kansas City, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- St. Louis, MO
- Columbia, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- Saint Louis, MO
- Saint Peters, MO
- Columbia, 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.
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.
Don’t miss the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, themed “Plug in to Missouri’s Tech, Tools And Talent,” to be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Friday, Sept. 4 at the elegant St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St. Opening speaker will be Richard H. McClure, co-chair, Ferguson Commission; keynote speaker, Obie B. Jones, VP, Quality and Manufacturing, Boeing Military Aircraft. $300. Governor’s Award Luncheon with keynote speaker only, $45. More information or to register for the Governor’s Conference.
♦ Sept. 3: Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps – Kansas City
Sept. 10: Selling to the Government: The First Steps – Creve Coeur
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.
- Thursday, Sept. 3: 1:00-4 p.m.; 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City
- Thursday, Sept. 10: 9 a.m.-noon; 10650 Gateway Blvd., Creve Coeur
SBA will present free 30-minute webinars at 1 p.m. CDT each Wednesday, starting September 9 on topics related to preparing your small business for a disaster.
- September 9: The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications
- September 16: Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage
- September 23: Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees
- September 30: If You Do Nothing Else this Year: Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience
Plan to sell your business anytime in the next 20 years? Succession planning and understanding how your business will be valued are critical to doing so. This class will help you understand what your business is really worth, the steps to optimize its future value and how to find the right buyer. 500 E. Walnut St., Suite 103, Columbia, 1:30-4 p.m. $39. Register online for Succession Planning/Valuing Your Business.
Ready to work on and not just in your business? The fast-paced FastTrac NewVenture allows you to examine every aspect of your proposed company, explore the feasibility of your business concept and how to develop a viable business plan. You’ll also learn how to handle the competition, legal matters, marketing and financial management. You won’t just learn about business, you’ll work on your business throughout the course. Five day workshop; materials and lunch provided. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, SLATE – American Jobs Center, 1520 Market Street, St. Louis. No cost to dislocated workers. Scholarship tuition reduction also available. For more information call 314-657-3768. $795. Register online for FastTrac NewVenture.
Are you ready to take your business global? BDP partner Word Trade Center-St. Louis can help you launch into the dynamic world of exporting with this lunchtime seminar, to be held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Registration and reception begin at 11 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Thomas J. Hillman, founder and managing partner, FTL Capital LLC and general partner, Lewis & Clark Ventures, a new VC firm headquartered in St. Louis. $95. Get more information or register online for Growing Global.
The Missouri Economic Development Council will hold its annual conference from Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.-Friday Oct. 23, noon, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd., Columbia. Details forthcoming for the MEDC conference. For more information, contact Pat Amick, 573-636-7383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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