May 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 know that the SBDC office hours align with MSSU’s hours. Currently, summer hours are being observed, which means the office is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. SBDC staff work by appointment.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, June 1, 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.

The Fives of Credit from a Banker’s Perspective

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:00 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Do you know if you’re “bankable” in the eyes of you banker? How do you become credit-worthy (bankable)?

Join this seminar to hear a banker’s perspective on the 5 C’s of Credit:

  1. Capacity (cash flow)
  2. Character (credit history)
  3. Collateral
  4. Capital
  5. Conditions

Our guest speakers will include Brian Ollenburger, Greg Golden, and Garret Jones from OakStar Bank.

Register to receive the Zoom link for this class here.

Record Keeping

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 10:00 to 11:00 am CDT | Free, virtual event presented in partnership with Arvest Bank

An often overlooked process of owning a business, what record do you keep? How long do you keep them? Where do you keep them?

This class will examine best practices as well as rules and tools that are available to small businesses when it comes to record keeping. Participants will also learn the basics and benefits to keeping organized records.

Only registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link to participate. Save your seat here.

Credit and Growth: A Discussion of Cash Flow During Growth in Your Business

Thursday, June 15, 2023 | 3:00 to 4:00 pm CDT | Free, virtual event 

This course will look at the cash cycle and why businesses often feel strain during growth as well as line of credit or permanent working capital and which of these options is best for your business. Participants will also receive ideas on how to ease growing pains and examine their business partners and if their business is succeeding.

Guest speakers will include Brian Ollenburger, Greg Golden, and Garret Jones from OakStar Bank.

Make sure to register for this class here.

Building a Business Plan

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 3:30 to 4:45 pm CDT | Free, virtual event 

You have a business idea — now what? During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the importance of writing a business plan, as well as the various components of a business plan and how to leverage it as a business management tool and as a way to attract funding.

Participants will learn about the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Lean Canvas, and GrowthWheel.

Save your spot in this virtual course by registering 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,, for more about their centers and training offerings.

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