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UMKC Innovation Center

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.

About

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

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

Import and Export Assistance

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

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

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

Marketing/Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • International Trade Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactDavid Steffes
AddressColumbia, MO 65211
Phone(573) 884-1555