Training courses & programs
Upcoming eventsFull list of training courses
- Columbia, MO
- Jefferson City, MO
- Warrensburg, MO
- Sedalia, MO
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
The Business Development Program offers a variety of outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year. Here are highlights of upcoming events.
The 28th Annual North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE) International Conference, to be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, gathers the nation’s best minds on international trade education. This will include international trade specialists Aldis Jakubovskis, St. Louis SBTDC and Pablo Arroyo, MU Extension Franklin County SBTDC, on “Developing International Financial Projections;” and Kristi Wiggins, international trade specialist, St. Louis U.S. Export Assistance Center, on “Doing Business with China.” $595; group rate $495. Recertification, Export Controls Under the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), train-the-trainer and Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) exam preparation boot camps also available. An increasing number of BDP personnel have passed the required exam to become CGBP-certified, a benchmark for competency in global commerce.
Get more information or register for the NASBITE Conference.
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.
- April 30 – Register for April 30 ACA webinar
- May 14 – Register for May 14 ACA webinar
- May 28 – Register for May 28 ACA webinar
- June 11 – Register for June 11 ACA webinar
- June 25 – Register for June 25 ACA webinar
- 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 national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) road tour will stop in Columbia Friday, May 1. This is a mobile, national effort to convey SBIR and STTR technology funding opportunities. Event features federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, groundbreaking technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters. Sponsored by the MO SBTDC.
More information about the SBIR Road Tour.
Register for the SBIR Road Tour.
Powering the future of nuclear innovation
This three-day conference will focus on the present and future of the U.S. nuclear energy supply chain, including advances in reactors, fostering innovation in manufacturing techniques, understanding the goals and opportunities of current U.S. energy policy, integrating nuclear energy into the power generation grid alongside fossil fuels and renewables, financing, the latest developments in SMRs, examining domestic and export markets, meeting increased safety requirements, building better communication with citizens and policymakers and more. Includes a tour of the Idaho Accelerator Center, a research facility operated by Idaho State University. Sponsored by Premier Technologies and Westinghouse.
More information, key topics, registration.
Save the date
Don’t miss the 26th annual Procurement Conference, to be held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, University Union Building, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Senator Claire McCaskill, the MO PTAC and MO SBTDC. Keynote speaker is Vice Admiral William Hunter Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command; Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary, Army, will also present. This is one of the country’s premier conferences on procuring government contracts and the largest procurement conference in Missouri. Businesses will have an opportunity to showcase their products and services to government agencies and prime contractors. Please call 573-882-8058 before May 18 if your company is interesting in hosting a booth. A limited number of booths are available. Fee is $60.
Get the brochure and full agenda (PDF).
Registration for 2015 Procurement Conference.
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