October 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!

Welcome, Kelsey Little!

Our office is thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Kelsey Little, who has recently joined our Missouri SBDC at MSSU family as a Business Consultant!

Kelsey Little brings a rich background in customer experience from both the public and private sectors to her role in the Small Business Development Center at Missouri Southern State University. Leveraging extensive experience from her tenure at Leggett & Platt and the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Kelsey has a proven track record in customer journey mapping, motivational interviewing, and initiating new customer experience strategies to solve problems and identify new opportunities.

Kelsey holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Pittsburg State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication from Missouri Southern State University. Her academic background, coupled with her professional history, equips her with a multicultural, customer-centric perspective that is a tremendous asset in her role as the Small Business Development Center Consultant.

What Cybersecurity Threats Does Your Small Business Face?

Monday, October 23 | 3:00 to 4:00 pm | Stronghold Data, 7115 E. 24th Street in Joplin | No cost

Jason Rincker with Stronghold Data will focus on the foundation of cybersecurity for small business owners. He will address frequently asked questions regarding cybersecurity and cybersecurity hygiene. Attendees do not need to have a technical background for this overarching cybersecurity briefing.

Each attendee will gain awareness of the cybersecurity threats facing their small business.

There are in-person and virtual options available for this session. Register for one or the other here.

Meet the Microlenders Registration

Wednesday, October 25 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm | Free virtual event

Small Business Administration (SBA) approved microlenders specialize in providing capital to small businesses. Four SBA approved microlenders operate in southwest Missouri. During this virtual presentation, representatives from the microlenders will talk about their services.

SBA approved microlenders are not-for-profit intuitions that provide funding for small businesses that a traditional bank would not. Presenters at this event include:

  • Krishin Thadani from the SBA
  • John Teasdale from Alt Cap
  • Sheridan Garman-Neerman from New Growth
  • Mary Overbey from FORGE
  • Jim Boyle from Justine Petersen

Register for this event here.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 3:00 to 4:15 pm 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.

The Nanette Philibert Business of Art Symposium

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CDT | Free, virtual and in-person event

This 10th annual professional development event highlights resources, issues, and practical concerns that artist and other creatives need to navigate as they develop and maintain their professional practice. Participants have the opportunity to hear from art professionals from the region discuss opportunities and challenges on the business side of their profession. MSSU design students will also have an opportunity to participate in a separate breakout portfolio review session.

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

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