Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Hosts Operation Jumpstart Training

by News Bureau on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 25, 2011 — Have you ever dreamed of opening a small business or wished you could be self-employed? Does your current business need a boost? If so, you can’t afford to miss two small business training programs to be co-sponsored by the Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University. The CIE recently announced that two of their most popular training programs will be offered at no cost in Butler County for individuals who are interested in starting new businesses in the area. The first program, a one-night workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 13 called “How To Start A New Business,” provides an overview of the key elements of success in starting a small business, including legal and tax issues, resources for Missouri business owners, marketing and financial management. The training will be held at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. The second business development program to be offered in Poplar Bluff is called Operation Jump-Start. The six-week course, which will be offered at no cost, walks new and existing business owners through the process of designing a feasibility plan for their small businesses. Participants learn small business concepts such as product pricing, competition profiling, marketing, cash flow management and specifics about the various types of legal structures a business can assume. At the end of the Operation JumpStart training, graduates can submit their plans in competition for start-up, grant funding. Funding for the course and start-up capital is made through the CIE, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Delta Regional Authority. “We are pleased to be able to offer Operation JumpStart to Butler County and surrounding counties,” said Gina Harper, project coordinator for the CIE. “Steve Halter and his staff have always been partners of and advocates for our Center. They work very hard to promote entrepreneurship in the region and this program is made possible with their help and that of several agencies dedicated to building entrepreneurial communities.” Seating is limited to 20 participants, and an application is required. To view more information about the class, please visit www.semo.edu/cie/training. Registration online does not guarantee a seat in this class but will initiate the process of an application being sent to you. Please contact Susan Sterling at ssterling@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2286 to receive an application via email, mail or fax. The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region. For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.