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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.

Jan. – Feb.: 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 what it all means for small businesses — tax credits, shared responsibility, cost containment and more. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.
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♦ Feb. 3-26: Operation JumpStart – Cape Girardeau

The Southeast Missouri State University SBTDC, 920 Broadway Street, Cape Girardeau, offers Operation JumpStart, the nationally recognized, highly successful training model to start or expand a business, each Tuesday and Thursday in February from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will learn essential business planning and preparation such as product pricing, legal structure, competition marketing and cashflow management. More information/register.

♦ Feb. 10: MU College of Engineering Spring 2015 Engineering Fair – Columbia

MU College of EngineeringThe MU College of Engineering invites you to the Spring 2015 Engineering Career Fair to be held Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center on the MU campus. Employers and student attendance records were shattered during the Fall 2014 Engineering Career Fair as nearly 147 companies and 2,000 students studying biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial mechanical and nuclear engineering along with computer science and information technology majors attended. Visit for more information.

♦ Feb. 10-24: Introduction to International Trade – West Plains

Learn the fundamentals of exporting your products or services in this dynamic intro to exporting conducted by Bronwen Madden, SBTDC West Plains coordinator, accredited Certified Global Business Professional and CGBP accredited trainer, at the MSU West Plains SBTDC, 110 Saint Louis Street, mezzanine level, West Plains, on Feb. 10, 17 and 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This workshop will explore export basics, the four export development stages and trade assistance resources at the federal, state and local levels. General registration $35; $20 for registered students, Chamber of Commerce or Ozarks Small Business Incubator members. More information/register.

♦ Feb. 23: Moving toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap – online

Moving toward sustainabilityJoin officials from the EPA’s Office of Water, Austin Water Utility and Water Services for Phoenix as they share best practices in this free webinar to be held Monday, Feb. 23, at noon. Second in a series. The third will be held May 2015 and the fourth July 2015. Likely topics to include financial sustainability, utility business planning, water resource adequacy, performance management, continual improvement and employee and leadership development. Register.

♦ March 10-12: Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew! – St. Charles

Midwest Grape & Wine +Craft Brew Conference & Trade Show 2015What’s new in the world of wine and craft brew entrepreneurship? Expert speakers, a trade show expo, introduction to vendors plus networking opportunities will help provide the winning cocktail for success in the craft beverage industry. Learn about successful business practices and growth opportunities when Steven Devlin, BDP director, presents a special session, “Growing the Business Too: Systematic Approaches to Entrepreneurship,” Wednesday, March 11, 9-11 a.m.  This event will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will also feature “wine sensory workshops.” For the full schedule and to register, visit

♦ April 1-2: 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

♦ May 28: 2015 Procurement Conference

2015 Procurement Conference May 28Save the date:
Don’t miss the 26th annual Procurement Conference, to be held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, sponsored by Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers. This is one of the country’s premier conferences on procuring government contracts and the largest procurement conference in Missouri. More than 1,500 government agencies and prime contractors are invited. Find more details on the MO PTAC training page.


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