Small Business Development Training Coming to Cape Girardeau

by News Bureau on Monday, Aug. 05, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 5, 2013 – Are you ready to be part of an elite group of entrepreneurs who are realizing their dreams of small business ownership? Do you want to “jumpstart” an idea or give your current business that needed boost? If so, you can’t afford to miss the no-charge training opportunity that will be offered soon in Cape Girardeau, courtesy of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University.

The four week course, called Operation JumpStart (OJS), is a nationally-recognized, highly- successful training model designed for individuals who are considering starting or expanding a small business. The OJS program teaches participants essential business planning and preparation skills like product pricing, legal structure, competition, marketing, and cash flow management with the goal of developing a feasibility plan to start or expand a business. In addition, course participants will receive one-on-one business counseling with a professional business development consultant from the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Operation JumpStart will be offered beginning Sept. 17 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6–9 p.m. The entrepreneurial program has been instrumental in assisting more than 650 individuals who have started or expanded over 250 small businesses in Southeast Missouri and elsewhere. Your business could be next.

“The materials provided through this program have given me a Jumpstart. I’m now more driven and dedicated than ever before. I believe the sky truly is the limit to the growth of my business” said Marquis Adams owner of Impact Sports and KO Boxing in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The OJS program, offered at no charge to entrepreneurs in surrounding communities, is made possible with funding from the CIE, the Delta Regional Authority, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Small Business Technology Development Center and the US Small Business Administration. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting the CIE at (573) 651-2929.

Those who can attend all sessions and are ready to JumpStart their business should contact the CIE no later than Sept. 5 for class location details and an application. An application is required and seating is limited, so please do not delay. Visit www.semo.edu/cie or contact the CIE at cie@semo.edu.

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.