Training courses & programs
Upcoming eventsFull list of training courses
- St. Charles , MO
- Saint Louis, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- Jefferson City, MO
- St. Louis, MO
- Washington, MO
- St. Louis, MO
- Saint Peters, 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.
The SBA and Small Business Majority continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars every other Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT to educate small business owners on the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it all means for small businesses — tax credits, shared responsibility, cost containment and more. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.
- July 9 – Register for July 9 ACA webinar
- July 30 – Register for July 30 ACA webinar
- August 6 – Register for August 6 ACA webinar
- August 20 – Register for August 20 ACA webinar
Spanish-language ACA 101 webinars
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 market? These three-hour seminars, to be held 9 a.m.-noon, 10650 Gateway Blvd., Creve Coeur and 4747 Troost Ave, Kansas City, 1-4 p.m., offer an overview of the critical first steps in becoming a contractor, identifying opportunities 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.
On July 14, learn how to ship your product internationally by understanding and evaluating shipping land, sea and air options; who the experts are in this arena; and by becoming familiar with incoterms and documentation. 1-3:30 p.m., 1978 Image Drive, Washington. $45.
On July 16 from 9-11:30 a.m. at 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, learn about international sales from quote to payment, including how to respond to an international sales inquiry; how to formulate a solid quote; documentation requirements; and tools, technique and tips to ensure you get paid. $75.
♦ July 15-16: Maximizing the best business strategies, creating a breakthrough marketing plan – St. Peters
Want to build a sound business strategy? The MU Extension Center, 260 Brown Rd., St. Peters, will offer two classes: “Maximizing the Best Business Strategies,” July 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., covering current business processes, evaluating the right strategy for your business, implementing a core strategy essential for growth and more; and “Creating a Breakthrough Marketing Plan,” July 16, also 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., on establishing a target market, formulating customer driven promotional and advertising strategies and maintaining an economical marketing budget. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations made if requested at least two weeks in advance. $15 or $25 for both classes.
The MO SBTDC and the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business will host CGBP exam training August 11-13 for business professionals ready to take the next step in international trade expertise. This course is designed to allow professionals to pass the NASBITE CGBP exam, emblem of excellence in international trade education.
Need more information? Contact one of our program areas with questions: