Innovate SOMO Brings Successful Early-Stage Business Boot Camps to Region Beginning April 7

Businesses get the kickstart they need closer to home

Starting a business takes more than just a big idea. It takes a set of skills and resources to get it off the ground. This is a specialty of the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted at Missouri Southern State University.

Thanks to grant funding through the Southern Missouri Innovation Network (Innovate SOMO), partners within the network are now offering the Early-Stage Business Boot Camp throughout the state — all at no costs to participants.

Registration is now open for residents of the Joplin area to participate in the eight-workshop series set for April 2 – May 21.

Participants will join a peer network of small business owners and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

“We have seen how this program has impacted our partners throughout the state and are excited to bring it to the Joplin area” said Kelsie Little, Business Consultant for the Missouri SBDC at MSSU.

In the program, participants learn foundational knowledge and skills about starting and growing a business, including topics like:

  • Market research and analysis.
  • Protecting your business and intellectual property.
  • Financial management and projections.
  • Marketing channels and reaching customer segments.
  • Building, compensating and managing your team.
  • Accessing capital.

“What distinguishes our program from others is our proactive approach. We not only discuss these topics but also facilitate connections with local resources, and motivate participants to actively develop their business plans and financial projections throughout the sessions,” said Katie Kelly, Director of the Missouri SBDC at MSSU.

Past participants in this program through Innovate SOMO have shared feedback including, “What I learned through this boot camp is an incredible investment into my business’ future as anything I could imagine,” and “Being a part of this boot camp has truly changed and impacted my life in so many ways.”

Individuals eager to join and discover more about this workshop series can sign up here. Seating is limited to 20 participants.  Questions regarding this workshop can be directed to or by phone at 417.625.3128.


Katie Kelly, Director
Missouri Small Business Development Center hosted at Missouri Southern State University

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