March’s Upcoming Trainings and Webinars from Missouri SBDC

(Joplin, MO) – The Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) will be holding several trainings throughout this month. Sign up for one today!

Data Security for Your Organization

Tuesday, March 2. 2021 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am | Free event

Jason Rincker with Stronghold Data and Angie Robinson with the Missouri Office of Homeland Security joins us as they focus on foundational cybersecurity for small business owners. They will be answering frequently asked questions regarding cybersecurity and cybersecurity hygiene. Attendees do not need to have a technical background for this overarching cybersecurity briefing. Each attendee will gain a heightened awareness of cybersecurity threats facing small businesses.

Find out more here.

QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, and Tricks

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am | Free event

This training will be a demonstration of QuickBooks Desktop and how to best utilize the program and its features. This training will be a free, one-hour training via Zoom. You will be provided with a Zoom link after you register for the event.

To register, click here.

Business Model Canvas

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am | Free event

The Business Model Canvas is a tool to analyze how a company delivers its product or service to their target customer. Participants will learn how the model can be used to create or build their business.

Sign up today!

SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Information Session

Tuesday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Free event

Are you a small business in the construction, service, or supply industries who needs a surety bond to compete for new or larger contracts? What do you do? As a small or emerging business, your options may be limited.

With SBA-guaranteed bonds, working capital requirements are lower while the traditional market provides for ten times working capital, the SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee program provides 20 times working capital. Unused lines of credit can be used as capital, and applicants have a decision in hours for projects under $400,000!

Join us for this FREE webinar to learn more about this program and hear directly from the SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Specialist, Tamara Murray. We will also have the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) from Springfield, Missouri sharing information on valuable resources available to small businesses that are interested in local, state, and federal contracts.

Interested in reading more? Click here.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps – Virtual Event

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm | Free event

Before you start a business, be certain to attend this seminar. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their business idea, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements, learn about marketing strategies, and identify sources of financing.

Learn more here.

Building a Business Plan

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am | Free event

Once an entrepreneur has an idea for a business, the next step is to discover if it can be turned into a business.

In this seminar, you will learn the key elements of a business plan and how to use it as a management tool. Participants will also be introduced to the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Lean Canvas, and GrowthWheel.

Register now.

Looking for something different?

Webinars are being offered by all Missouri SBDC centers located across the state. Check out our events page to find more training that fits your business needs.

Visit the Missouri SBDC website,, for more about their centers and training offerings.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Missouri SBDC at MSSU will be serving clients and training attendees in person and over email. We will also be talking with clients via telephone and computer live screen share, if that is more comfortable for the client.

We ask for your patience as we comply with our host to keep everyone safe. This is an unprecedented situation and, though not ideal, we are doing our very best to make a positive environment for our program.

Please don’t hesitate to call our office at 417.625.3128 or contact us via email at

Read our host’s official statement here.

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