Celebrating Entrepreneurship in April with Missouri SBDC

Join Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) throughout the month of April as they celebrate entrepreneurship and highlight the vibrant business community fostered by the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Center for Entrepreneurship at MSSU!

Whether you’re looking to expand your skillset, or simply to connect with fellow professionals, the Missouri SBDC has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to learn, network, and thrive.

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Unveiling the Entrepreneurial Journey with Josh Long

Thursday, April 25 | 11:00 am CST | Free, in-person event | Hosted in the Plaster School of Business’s Cornell Auditorium on the MSSU Campus

Meet Josh with Forged Waterjet Fabrications, LLC, a multifaceted individual whose talents encompass entrepreneurship, sales, public speaking, and leadership. His innovative spirit and exceptional craftsmanship are evident in a wide array of projects, spanning from local community initiatives to global endeavors.

One notable project involves the design and creation of symbolic butterflies scattered throughout the community, serving as a poignant tribute to the memory of those affected by the 2011 Joplin tornado.

Josh’s commitment to commemorating significant events extends beyond borders. From crafting butterflies for a non-profit organization in Houston to providing invaluable machining expertise that saves factories substantial costs, his impact resonates far and wide.

Find out more about the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series here.

QUEST Grant for Small Business Owners

Thursday, May 16 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST | Free, virtual event 

The QUEST Grant aims to assist Missourians in securing high-quality employment opportunities by granting access to essential workforce development services. Eligible individuals can access QUEST Grant Services to pursue careers in diverse industries, including infrastructure, care economy, hospitality, climate and environment, professional, scientific, and technical services, as well as educational service sectors.

Join us for an enlightening session with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development Business Services Unit, where we will delve into the advantages of the QUEST Grant for Missouri’s workforce. If your business is grappling with workforce shortages, this workshop offers valuable insights into how the State of Missouri is striving to make employment more accessible. Discover effective strategies for leveraging these resources to foster business growth, stabilize your workforce, and seamlessly integrate them into your overall business strategy.

Learn more and register here.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, May 30 | 1:00 to 3:00 pm CST | Free, event | Hosted at Missouri Job Center, 730 S. Wall Avenue in Joplin

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.

Attendees can register to attend this workshop here.

Technology Evolution Symposium: Staying Ahead in a Dynamic Business Environment

Thursday, June 20 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST | Free, event | Hosted at the Ron Richard Athletic Center (formerly the North End Zone facility) on the campus of MSSU

In today’s rapidly evolving business world, staying ahead of the curve is essential for both small and large companies. The integration of technology not only enhances efficiency but also ensures a competitive edge in the market.

This symposium is designed to address these critical needs by showcasing local innovation and featuring tech-centered business leaders as presenters.

Through engaging presentations, participants will gain valuable insights into cutting-edge topics such as:

  • Revolutionizing how we live: Explore cognitive buildings that learn your habits and adjust to your needs, from personalized climate control to seamless entertainment. Imagine self-healing infrastructure that detects and fixes problems before they disrupt your day.
  • Transforming cities into living ecosystems: Witness how municipalities harness the power of data to optimize traffic flow, reduce energy consumption, and create vibrant, sustainable communities. Learn about intelligent transportation systems that anticipate your needs and get you where you need to go faster and cleaner.
  • Unlocking unprecedented connectivity: Dive into the world of next-generation networks that deliver lightning-fast data speeds and seamless interconnectivity. Discover how these innovations are fueling the growth of smart cities, remote workforces, and immersive entertainment experiences.

Engage with leading experts at our dynamic panel of discussions and ask your burning questions about the future of:

  • Building automation and AI: How will robotics and machine learning reshape the way we interact with our homes and workplaces?
  • Urban data analytics: Can cities become truly sentient, responding to the needs of their residents in real-time?
  • The ethical implications of connected living: How do we ensure privacy and security in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • This is not just a presentation, it’s an exploration! Network with fellow participants, explore interactive exhibits, and get hands-on with cutting-edge technologies. Leave inspired and equipped to navigate the exciting future of cognitive buildings, cities, and connectivity.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to:

  • Be among the first to experience the future of living and working.
  • Gain valuable insights from leading experts and innovators.
  • Shape the conversation about the responsible development of smart technologies.

This training is ideal for professionals across all sectors who are seeking to enhance their understanding of emerging technologies and their practical applications in business. No matter your role – be it executive, manager, entrepreneur, IT specialist, nonprofit professional, or municipal leader — this summit offers indispensable insights and strategies to keep you ahead in the rapidly changing business environment of today.

Reserve your spot 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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