Starting a Business: The First Steps
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners through National Small Business Week. This year, University of Missouri Extension, Taney County SBTDC and the Taney County Partnerhsip will host two events to celebrate Small Business Week in the Bransonarea engaging the small business community and helping local entrepreneurs start and manger their business successfully.
Starting a Business: The First Steps is a three-hour offering which will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. It is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture.
Participants will assess their strengths and weaknesses in terms of business ownership, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements and identify sources of funding.
Successful entrepreneur, Stephanie Barney of Lightspeed Electrical Services, will be on hand to share her experiences overcoming challenges small businesses face. As a business owner she has developed policies and procedures manuals, marketing strategies and customer service training programs that took her company from survival to success during an economic recession. Come hear how she creates a SPARK for business success!
At the end of this learning experience, you will be able to:
¨ Identify resources that will assist you in starting a business in Missouri.
¨ Identify areas in which you need additional training or assistance for the
operation of your business.
¨ Find out if business ownership is for you!
Using science-based knowledge, University of Missouri Extension engages Missouri's citizens to understand change, solve problems and make informed decisions. MU Extension's Business Development Program exists to help Missouri’s entrepreneurs succeed in private enterprise and to promote Missouri's economic development. It performs this vital service through the Missouri Small Business and Technolgoy Development Centers; a network of business counselors located throughout the state.
The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension and the Small Business Association. The MO SBTDC provides expert one-on-one, free and confidential business counseling, training and online resources. These services help prospective business owners locate the tools they need to grow and prosper successfully. SBTDC specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues and provide guidance in addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning. They can also provide capitalization information for new and existing businesses. The MO SBTDC provides business assessments that highlight opportunities for improvement. Additional assistance can provide plan of action to incorporate suggestion into the company’s daily operation.
The Taney County Partnership (TCP) is a public/private partnership focusing on the economic development efforts in Taney County, Missouri. The partnership is made up of Taney County, the incorporated cities and villages in the county, the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (BLACC) and a dedicated group of business sector stakeholders. All member partners of the TCP have representation on the Board of Directors. The partnership is a board led organization and employs a Director of Business Development to implement and oversee the efforts of the TCP. The Director works out of an office at the BLACC and reports to the TCP Executive Committee.
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