March 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.

How Do SBA Microlenders Help Small Businesses?

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Krishin Thadani with the Small Business Administration (SBA) will facilitate a panel that includes SBA microlenders who provide financing to new and existing small businesses.

Microlenders work with smaller loan sizes and credit-challenged small businesses that typical commercial lenders may not work with.

Register to receive a Zoom link for this online seminar.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am 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, March 7, 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.

Do You Really Know About Credit Card Processing?

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

This informative discussion will guide you through the anxiety and pitfalls of credit card processing, negotiating rates, contracts, and finding the best services for your business. This is your opportunity to learn about credit card payments from a 15-year veteran in the electronic payments industry.

Our guest speaker will be Lisa McGhee, Regional Electronic Payments Manager with OakStar Bank. There will be another session offered on Tuesday, March 28 at 3:00 pm.

Attendees must register to receive a Zoom link.

Building a Business Plan

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event 

You have a business idea — now what?

This workshop will focus on the importance of writing a business plan. Participants will review the various components of a business plan as well as how to use their plan to attract funding and as a business management tool. They will also be introduced to the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Lean Canvas, and GrowthWheel.

Register here to receive your Zoom link for this free, online seminar.

#SBDC Day! All About Your Local SBDC

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event 

What is #SBDC Day? SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the impact that America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have on the success of our nation’s dreamers, innovators, and doers — America’s small businesses.

Learn more about the resources available to you and your business. The Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) serves eight counties in southwest Missouri. MSSU has hosted the SBDC for 36 years.

Register today!

Financing Options to Expand Your Small Business

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

Successful small business owners have options when it comes to financing.

Krishin Thadani with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will talk about the features of 7(a) financing. Some benefits of 7(a) include longer terms, relaxed collateral requirements, and lower down payment requirements.

Register here to receive your Zoom link for this free online event.

Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 2:00 to 4:00 pm CDT | Missouri Southern State University’s Plaster School of Business

You’re invited to join the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Dean as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Lisa Robinson’s employment with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) and the Missouri SBDC hosted at MSSU.

An informal come-and-go reception will take place in the foyer of Cornell Auditorium from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

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,, for more about their centers and training offerings.

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