Celebrating Entrepreneurship in July with Missouri SBDC

Join Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) throughout the month of May 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.

Summer Hours

In accordance with the MSSU calendar and institutional operations, the Missouri SBDC hosted at MSSU will change their operating hours over the summer months. Starting Monday, May 13, their operating hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Tuesday, July  30 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CST | Free, event | Online 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.

Attendees can register to attend this workshop here.

Safe and Savvy Social Media with BBB

Wednesday, August 29 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CST | $12 for Carthage Chamber members, $15 for non-members | Hosted at the Carthage Water and Electric Community Room

Join the Missouri SBDC for an insightful training on Safe and Savvy Social Media with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) hosted in collaboration with the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Better Business Bureau!

Social media can be a great way to connect with your customers, but it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with using social media. Pamela Hernandez, Regional Director for BBB – Springfield, will teach you how to be a safe and savvy social media user.

Participants will learn:

  • How to Secure Your Accounts: Learn strong password habits, two-factor authentication, and privacy settings to keep your accounts safe from hackers.
  • How to Spot Social Media Scams: Discover red flags, common scams to watch out for, and how to protect yourself from falling victim.
  • What to Do If You Get Scammed: If you do get scammed, this session will provide guidance on how to report it and take steps to recover.

Learn more and register here.

Technology Evolution Symposium: Staying Ahead in a Dynamic Business Environment

Friday, October 25 | 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 the discussions panel 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.

Quick Tip for Small Business Owners: Embrace Local Events in July

July in southwest Missouri is filled with community events, festivals, and fairs. Take advantage of these gatherings to promote your business. Set up a booth at a local fair, sponsor a community event, or offer special deals to attendees. Engaging with your community during these lively summer events can increase y0our brand visibility, attract new customers, and strengthen local connections. Make the most of July’s festive atmosphere to grow your business!

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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