Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Columbia

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.


This office is one of a network of offices located throughout the state. The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide business training and one-on-one assistance to existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The following are examples of the type of assistance available in the network: Finance – Financial analysis with industry comparisons, ratio analysis, break-even, and more. – Capital budgeting – Financial projections – Financing options and debt restructuring – Recordkeeping and accounting Marketing – Market research (demographics, psychographics, drive time studies, etc.) – Customer segmentation – Customer relationships and satisfaction – Customer and market knowledge – Competitive analysis – Pricing – Promotions Management – Business Planning – Strategic Planning – Balanced Scorecards – Management analysis – Continuous improvement – Ethics and liability management – Human resources (Recruitment and selection, compensation and employee retention, policies/manuals, motivating employees, etc.) Technology Development – Patent assistance – Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants – Investor presentations and preparation – Building management teams.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Trade Education and Training

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • International Trade Training

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Valuation
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes
  • Business Research Resources
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Mark Christian
416 S. Sixth Street
W1026 Lafferre Hall
Columbia, MO 65201