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This Month: Classes and Events to Grow Your Missouri Business

The sun is coming out, the temperatures are rising...and so are Missouri entrepreneurs. The summer is the perfect time to kick off a new plan and what better way to do with low- to no-cost resources across the state, available right now?

And where can you find the what, where, when?

Right here, with the MOSourceLink calendar, your place to plant your seeds of education and inspiration. It’s chock full of hundreds of business workshops, classes and networking events that can help you build your social network, evaluate your idea or scale your business. And you can filter those events by subject, entrepreneur type and location.

At the top of the month, we’ll also give a quick short cut to just a few featured events from around the state. So grab your planner, calendar or smart phone and let’s get your network working for you.

Let’s the statewide round robin begin…

June 3-27, 2019: Small Business Administration, “How to Start a Business” Classes, all across Missouri

Did you know that home-based businesses are required to hold permits to operate legally in most states? What about incorporation? Many new businesses assume they need to incorporate or become an LLC from the get-go – but the truth is, more than 70 percent of small businesses are owned by unincorporated sole proprietors (although even this group is required to register their businesses).

So, variables aside, there are still some fundamental steps that any business needs to follow to get started. This month the SBA is focusing on telling you exactly how to start a business and how to grow it if you are already moving along in your entrepreneurial journey.

So check in with the MOSourceLink calendar to see what’s going in your neck (or heel) of Missouri and follow @SBAgov on social media to track all the free goodies the SBA releases.

Here are a couple at the very top of the month, but be sure to check the calendar for the full month’s schedule:

June 5, 2019: QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, and Tricks, Joplin, Missouri

The Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University has organized a brilliant class to teach entrepreneurs how to organize their finances with the QuickBooks desktop application in Joplin.

June 5, 2019: IdeaBounce, St. Louis, Missouri

As part of JPMorgan Chase’s Ascend 2020 program, the Skandalaris Center presents an opportunity for minority and female entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and network with other business owners and community members. There will be a chance to win a $200 cash prize.

June 7, 2019: Cortex Innovation Community, Startup Talent Showcase, St. Louis, Missouri

Ever wanted to work at a startup? CortexSTL is hosting a talent showcase where job seekers have one minute to pitch some of the city’s coolest startups on why they should be hired. Startups will be all over the event looking for their next hire.

June 20, 2019: Start a Business, Keep Your Day Job, Kansas City, Missouri

SCORE is hosting a franchising workshop in Kansas City to discuss semi-absentee franchise ownership so aspiring entrepreneurs can leave with a better understanding of another option and how it looks practically.

June 24, 2019: Grants in Plain Sight, St. Louis, Missouri

If you represent an organization with a 501(c)3 status for two years or more and have developed a partnership with community groups, local governments, churches, etc., this STL workshop is for you. It will explore the many sources of grants and the components go into a proposal and so much more.

June 27, 2019: Rural Strong: Powering Rural Small Businesses, Joplin, Missouri

This event is designed to inform entrepreneurs, small business owners and community organizations about the federal lending programs and resources powered by the SBA, USDA, and Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University.

June 27, 2019: Women Business Owner Mastermind Exchange, Columbia, Missouri

Learn about the power of mastermind groups as you experience this confidential, supportive space for women to come together and discuss challenges, ideas and success stories in Columbia. The Missouri Women’s Business Center always welcomes first timers!

Need something different, somewhere else?

Visit the full classes and events calendar online. Are we missing something happening in your neck of Missouri? Let us know at or hop over and add your educational and entrepreneurship events to the calendar. It’s free to list any Missouri event that educates entrepreneurs and business owners.

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