April 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

Friday, April 6, 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.

Business Financials: Where Did All the Cash Go

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

This workshop will walk participants through a case study to help them identify sources and uses of cash and how this benefits a small business. Attendees will also learn the basic components of a cash flow statement.

Tips will be given on how to improve a company’s operating cycle and capital budgeting processes will also be discussed.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Southwest Regional Trade Seminar

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CDT | Free event | Held at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

Are you new to international trade and exporting or unsure where to begin? Or are you already exporting and seeking expansion opportunities for new markets?

There are a number of resources available to assist with facility and workforce expansion, export training, and financial assistance. Presenters at this seminar will cover these topics, as well as up-to-date insights into international markets and industry trade opportunities. Presenters include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • MOKAN Partnership
  • Missouri Small Business Development Center
  • Mid-America Trae Adjustment Assistance Center
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • U.S. Commercial Service

This is an in-person event that will be held at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required and closes by April 14. To register, please call 417.624.4150 or click here.

Banking Services: Successful Relationships With Your Bank

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 10:00 to 11:00 am CDT | Free, virtual event presented in partnership with Arvest Bank

We all know that banks provide lending options and accounts options, but what about relationships with the local lenders?

During this event, we will explore the benefits of building effective long-term relationships with bankers and factors to consider when selecting a financial institution. We will also offer advice on ways to improve your chances of getting a loan with your credit history, business records, and the five Cs or credit.

Register for this event by clicking here.

Benchmarking Your Data

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event 

You know your business numbers, but do you understand those numbers and how to use that information to make informed decisions?

Participants in this workshop will learn what information is found on a company’s balance sheet and income statement, as well as how to compare their financial data to other similar firms within the same industry. We will also explore the importance of financial benchmarking and how financial data can help business owners and managers plan for success.

This workshop will utilize BitMiner, an analytical database that provides industry financial reports for over 30,000 banking professionals; hundreds of accounting, valuation, CRE and consulting firms; and universities. The database provides industry financial statements, ratios, and other industry statistics.

Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom ink to participate. Save your spot here.

The Importance of Data-Driven Decision

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am CDT | Free, virtual event 

What data do I need? Where can I find that data? What does it mean and how do I use it?

Guest speaker Rebecca Lobina from the Missouri SBDC hosted at NWMS, will explain what a target market is; its different components, including customer interests, spending patterns, demographics, ages, and locations; and why you need to know them. The more you understand your target market, the easier it is to reach them!

Save your spot for the free workshop here.

Looking for Business Assistance

Are you ready to grow your existing business? Do you need technical assistance with management, marketing, finance, or accounting?

Check out the services available from the Missouri SBDC network! We exist to provide assistance and training for your small business.

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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