February 2023 Upcoming Trainings and Webinars from Missouri SBDC

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!

Please note that the SBDC office hours align with MSSU, and the office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. SBDC staff work by appointment.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 4:00 to 5:15 pm CDT | Free, virtual event

This workshop teaches participants essential concepts to consider before starting a small business. Participants will learn about the importance of discovering their target market and gain an appreciation of understanding their customers.

Participants will also learn about the steps in licensing and registering their business with federal, state, and local agencies. The basics of understanding cash flow projections and various funding alternatives will also be covered, as well as their importance.

To learn more about this free, virtual webinar, click here.

QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, and Tricks

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

This virtual training will consist of a QuickBooks Desktop demonstration with emphasis on the program’s features and best practices when using it. This training is a free, one-hour training that will be hosted via Zoom.

Participants will be sent a link to join the Zoom after they register for the event. Register here.

Introduction to Government Contracting — Should I Even Consider This Market?

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Government contracting can be a wonderful opportunity for small businesses, but how do small businesses get started in this market?

Allen Waldo, Procurement Counselor with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC), works with small businesses that currently fulfill government contracts as well as small businesses that are interested in learning more about government contracting.

Mr. Waldo will be covering information about selling to the government, getting the right registrations (such as SAM) and certifications, and the advantages and disadvantages of government contracting. There will also be a time for questions at the end of the program.

This is a free, virtual training session. Potential participants should register here to receive their Zoom link.

Planning a Healthy Business

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 10:00 to 11:15 am CDT | Free, virtual event sponsored by Arvest Bank

A healthy business starts with a good plan and taking the dive into converting a vague idea into a tangible resource plan.

In this training sponsored by Arvest Bank, we’ll explain the importance of a healthy personal credit score and developing a good relationship with lenders. Participants will also learn about action plans and business plans, which are both motivators for stakeholders in the future and day to day.

Learn more and register here.

Is An SBA 504 Loan the Best Fit for Your Real Estate Financing?

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Krishin Thadani, with the Small Business Administration, and Annette Darnelle, with RMI, will present information to entrepreneurs on how to use 504 loans to refinance or purchase real estate.

Some of the benefits small businesses have experienced using 504 financing include lower down payment requirements and a long-term fixed rate.

Register here to receive your Zoom link.

Value Proposition Canvas

Tuesday, February 21 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

The Value Proposition Canvas is used to analyze a company and to more clearly understand their customers, create better products, and grow business.

This workshop will explain how to use the Value Proposition Canvas to create the value your customers want.

Register for this free, online seminar here.

Business Financials: The Basics

Thursday, February 23 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

This workshop is designed for business owners, managers, and those who want to learn how to turn financial statements into useful management tools.

Participants will learn how to capture information from the Income Statement and Balance Sheet, calculate several useful Ratios, and learn to make business decisions from thsi information.

This event is virtual. Registered participants will be sent a Zoom link the day of training. Register here.

Business Resources

Would you like to know more about the demographics of your target market? Would you like to be able to compare your financials with industry data to see if you can cut down on expenses and expand revenue?

The Missouri SBDC network has subscriptions to many databases that can bring information on your decision-making process.

Register today to become a Missouri SBDC client at now cost!

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, sbdc.missouri.edu, for more about their centers and training offerings.

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