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Small Business Academy

  • 8:00am
  • Jefferson City, MO

How to Write a Business Plan


Internet & Digital Marketing

  • 1:30pm
  • Columbia, MO
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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.

♦ Dec. 4, 11, 18: Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars – online

Free webinars on Affordable Care Act 101The SBA and Small Business Majority continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars Thursdays at 1 p.m. CST 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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♦ Dec. 4 – Jan. 15: Winning Government Contracts and Selling to the Government: The First Steps – Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Charles

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. 29: Small Business Saturday - nationwide

Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday is to small businesses what Black Friday is to retailers and Cyber Monday to e-commerce — the most wonderful day of the year. Are you ready? Here are 12 tips for a great small Business Saturday. The Small Business Administration, American Express and others also provide tips; Etsy has become involved this year, too.

♦ Jan. 13, 2015: Supervising and Leadership Basics - Columbia

It makes sense to convert best employees into supervisors — they have the technical skills, it’s motivational to other employees and reduces hiring costs. But what if they lack the necessary supervisory, management and leadership skills? This seminar, to be held at 500 E. Walnut, Suite 103, Columbia, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., is designed for new or recently promoted supervisors, current supervisors needing refresher training, individuals looking to be promoted and small business owners wanting to develop their own supervisory skills. Course topics include defining supervisory roles, planning work, delegation, motivating employees, evaluation, follow-up and conflict. $299. Lunch included. Register online here.

♦ April 1-2, 2015: InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum – Kansas City

Invest MidwestThe 16th annual, internationally known venture capital conference InvestMidwest will be held April 1-2 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel-Crown Center showcasing up to 45 companies from throughout the Midwest in the life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy industries. Investors from top venture capital firms will also be on hand. The event has helped generate more than $1 billion of investment in the past 15 years. For more information, to register as an attendee or as a presenter, go to, dates, details and registration information.


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