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September Events from MOSourceLink's Calendar

This Month: Classes and Events to Grow Your Missouri Business

Officially, we only have two weeks left in the summer season. So let’s make the last of these long days count! Take those extra two sunny hours after your workday to attend a business or networking event in Missouri to help grow your business—or to put some sunshine on that idea you’ve been chatting about all summer. 

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

Right here, with the MOSourceLink calendar, your place to find waves of entrepreneurial 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 Missouri. So grab your planner, calendar or smart phone and let’s get your network working for you.

Let the statewide roundup begin …

September 10, 2019: Fundraising for Non-Profits, Kansas City, Mo.

This SCORE - Kansas City workshop provides an overview of fundraising fundamentals to give participants an insight into which fundraising techniques should be part of their overall strategy. Designed for small non-profits, the workshop covers grant writing, special events and major giving. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques to help attendees begin choosing the methods best suited for their individual needs.

September 12, 2019: Kinesis, St. Louis, Mo.

Join Venture Café STL to celebrate makers and doers with Kinesis. Kinesis mixes the best of Venture Café with everything that makes a party memorable. You’re invited to wander through activations that engage and connect the community. Fill up on delicious cuisine while sipping trendy cocktails, mocktails or a local brew. Chill in one of the lounges and listen to a music showcase featuring breakout St. Louis artists. Experience the community that makes Venture Café possible each week for you and tens of thousands of your neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Get out and build that network!

Venture Café is a global movement working to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems and accelerate and enhance the innovation process, in cities around the world. It does this through its use of programming, space, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. 

September 12, 2019: Starting a Small Business: The First Steps, Joplin, Mo.

Before you start a business, be certain to attend this seminar. Missouri Small Business Center at Missouri Southern State University is bringing new biz owners a step-by-step event. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their business idea, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements, learn about marketing strategies, and identify sources of financing. Each participant will receive a Startup Manual as well. Register to reserve your spot now. 

September 13, 2019: Effective Presentation Skills, West Plains, Mo.

Presenting your ideas clearly in a professional environment is critical for your success in the workplace and pitch competitions. Many business professionals find themselves outside their comfort zone in delivering effective presentations. This workshop by Ozarks Small Business Incubator will teach you how to organize your thoughts and deliver your message in a confident and coherent presentation, in addition to using visual aids and public-speaking techniques.

September 14, 2019: MO Sports Jam, Columbia, Mo.

The MO Sports Jam by Columbia REDI is a nine-hour sprint to launch a new sports-related venture. The goal is to create random collisions of people from diverse skill sets and backgrounds who have a passion for sports and solving problems, so groups will come together to plan, experiment, and present on the spot. This one is free, so head to the site now to grab your spot before they are all gone.

September 17, 2019: Dealing With Suppliers, Partners & Buyers, Statewide

In this upcoming webinar by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc., learn about working with suppliers to get origin documentation correct as well as working with foreign distributors on the U.S. export law. The best part is that this course is available statewide via the internet. Although it’s a digital course, you will still need to reserve your spot.



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