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Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

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Ready to Lift Off? These Programs Can Help Your Business Grow, Scale


Growing pains are a part of life. But they don’t have to stop your small-business dreams. Learn how to grow and scale your business with events and programs designed to get your venture to the next level.

Resources right here in Missouri can help you meet your business’s evolving needs. When you’re ready to explore new horizons, there are mentors, coaches, peer networks and trainings from MOSourceLink Resource Partners that can empower you to reach your goals.

These programs are designed for businesses that have been around for two years or more. Get ready, because these opportunities all happen before the end of the year. So get your calendar out, get scheduling and get ready to grow.

Missouri Small Business Development Centers Build a Strong Workplace Culture … and Win the War for Talent

Who’s it for: Business owners and managers who need to attract and retain quality employees.

This seminar talks about how the right people are the future of your business – and what to do about it. Learn how to refine your employee value proposition and build a long-term recruiting strategy. You’ll leave this course understanding how to cultivate the talent you already have and how to build a culture of success.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Online and efactory, Springfield, Missouri

Cost: $249

Apply here.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University Where Will Your Business be in 2024?

Who’s it for: Business owners who need to plan for the future.

2024 will be here before you know it. Now is the time to prepare for growth and profits. This workshop will help you assess the current reality of your business and figure out where you want to be – and how to get there.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

FCS Financial Empowered Women, Empower Agriculture (Excello)

Who’s it for: Women who work in agriculture and wonder what’s next.

This seminar is designed to answer the “what if?” that keeps many women awake at night. You’ll develop a plan of action and build a network of other women to help you act on it.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Where: Emerson Fields, Excello, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Metropolitan Community College For those who served (Kansas City)

Who’s it for: Veterans, business owners and procurement officers.

Veterans and businesses will connect and learn how to do business with each other. Businesses can share information about procurement processes. Veterans can sign up for 10-minute sessions to speak with company representatives about their products and services.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: MCC-Penn Valley, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University Ideas for Growth: International Trade

Who’s it for: Small business owners who are looking to grow their companies.

Learn about the federal resources available for business that export. This session will provide an overview of the U.S. Commercial Service Kansas City office and cover research tools available through the Rural Export Center. You’ll also get a list of upcoming international trade programs.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: Online and Neosho Chamber of Commerce, Neosho, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here for the online event. Apply here for the in-person event.

Enterprise University Bulletproof Your Business: Survive and Thrive in Any Economy

Who’s it for: Business owners who want to scale and grow their businesses.

Learn a scalable strategy that can help you achieve next-level success. This workshop will cover four building blocks of the Scalable Growth Architecture. It will also help you define your “why” and understand how to get the most out of your business.

When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 10 - 11 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Missouri SBDC Got R&D Money? Top Tips for Funding R&D with Grants

Who’s it for: Tech entrepreneurs who want to learn about using Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to fund research and development.

This overview will introduce SBIR grants and how to search research topics at various government agencies to determine if grants are available for your unique technology. You’ll also leave the session with an additional list of resources that can help you apply for an SBIR grant.

When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Missouri SBDC Grow with Google: Make Your Website Work for You

Who’s it for: Business owners who want to grow their businesses online.

Find out how to create a search-friendly website that meets user needs and drives them to action. This session will help you launch a new website or spruce up an old one. You’ll also learn how to use YouTube with your site.

When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 7, 9 - 10 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here for Nov. 18. Apply here for Dec. 7.

Missouri SBDC National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Interactive Workshop

Who’s it for: Tech startups and existing businesses who need to fund research and development.

This day-and-a-half workshop will teach you how to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grands and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to fund your research and development. Designed for companies that have unique, breakthrough technology, this hands-on workshop will help you articulate your technology’s value, prepare market research and craft a strong technical approach.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 8:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 8, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: $99

Apply here.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Small Business Certifications for Federal, State & Local Government Contracts

Who’s it for: Owners of businesses that may be eligible for small business socio-economic certifications.

Learn about the purpose, eligibility rules, recent updates and benefits of socio-economic certifications. These include woman-owned small business (WOSB/EDWOSB and WBE); veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB); disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE); minority business enterprise (MBE); and service disabled veteran enterprise (SDVE).

When: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

More help for your growing business

These are just a few of the opportunities available to your evolving business. MOSourceLink’s Resource Navigator lists more than 500 organizations and opportunities that can help you reach your business goals.

Need someone to point you in the right direction? Our Network Navigators have your back. Provide a little info and they’ll design a free, customized Personal Action Plan just for your business. Think of it as a roadmap to exactly where you want to go. A free road map!

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