September 2023 Upcoming Trainings and News 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. Whether you’re looking to expand your skillset or simply connect with fellow professionals, they have something for everyone.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to learn, network, and thrive. Sign up today!

Customer Discovery – Unlocking the Mystery for Success, Parts Two and Three

Wednesday, September 13 @ 4:00 to 5:30 pm CDT | Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 4:00 to 5:30 pm | Free 

This is a three-session, hands-on, interactive workshop for business owners, managers, and organizations who are ready to serve their markets more effectively.

Each week, participants will dig into the details of their business/organization to identify what they can do to take control of the success of their entity. During the course of these three sessions, participants will:

  • Develop a Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition to differentiate their business/organization.
  • Discover product/service need by determining customer programs and the solutions that they can provide.
  • Test their product/service ideas through customer interviews to determine viability.
  • Receive individual feedback to enhance and sharpen their ideas.
  • Learn about federal grants and other funding opportunities.

To learn more, or to register, please click here.

Risk Management

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 to 11:15 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Risk management is a vital tool in starting and maintaining a healthy business. Identifying risks, both internal and external is critical because risk areas and situations can potentially pose problems for a small business.

During this virtual webinar, participants will look at key warning signs of risk for a small business and learn how to monitor them and how to plan for them.

Sign up here.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:15 am CDT | Free, virtual event

This workshop focuses on essential concepts that a potential small business owner should consider before starting their small business. Participants will learn about the importance of discovering their target market and gain an appreciation of understanding their customers.

Those attending the workshop will also learn the steps in licensing and registering their business with federal, state, and local agencies. Finally, participants will understand the importance of cash flow projections and various funding alternatives.

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

Using Workplace Wellness to Retain Employees

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 7:30 to 9:30 am CDT | Free, virtual event

Hiring and onboarding employees grows ever more difficult and costly. Companies that focus on retention efforts through a lens of Workplace Wellness can increase retention and the productivity of employees they serve. Please join us as we tackle the vital topics covered in Using Workplace Wellness to Retain Employees. Participants will:

  • Discuss the importance of supporting employees in whole-person wellness (health, safety, meaning, connection, achievement, growth, resiliency, etc.).
  • Review the Wellness Wheel
  • Increase employee interest in workplace wellness programs by using a needs and interest survey.
  • Use incentives to drive wellness programs.
  • Demonstrate easy wins by implementing the CALM Campaign and Walking Groups in the Workplace.

If attending the event in-person, participants will go to the Freeman Health System’s Business Center Conference Rooms at 3220 McClelland Blvd. and enter on the back side of the building. A light breakfast will be served.

For those attending virtually, register 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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