Small Business Development Training Coming to Crawford County

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 6, 2012 — 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 Crawford County, courtesy of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University.

The training opportunity in Crawford County is the result of a small business breakfast May 22 sponsored by Dennis and Kim Roedemeier of Cuba, Mo., and the CIE in Steelville, Mo. Eric and Paula Jacobson, managers of The Soda Fountain on Main Street, offered their restaurant as a backdrop for the meeting and provided breakfast to around 30 small business owners and local community leaders. The CIE and Roedemeier were there to discuss offering the Operation JumpStart (OJS) program in Crawford County.

“We were pleasantly surprised at the interest in bringing this program to the area,” said Gina Harper, OJS coordinator and co-presenter at the breakfast. “The CIE appreciated the other sponsors, hosts, community leaders, and all those who attended for their support.”

The CIE plans to launch the Operation JumpStart program July 16 and will be held on Monday and Thursday nights from 6–9 p.m. at Cuba High School. This program is nationally-recognized, highly-successful training model designed for individuals who are considering starting or expanding a small business. The OJS program helps participants build 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, Operation JumpStart graduates will learn about access to start-up capital in the form of competitive grants and microloans and will benefit from one-on-one business consulting with professional business development consultants from the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center.

The OJS program has been instrumental in assisting more than 680 individuals who have started or expanded over 250 small businesses in Southeast Missouri and elsewhere.

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 consulting, incubation and development services. The center supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.

Operation JumpStart training is open to the public. If you can attend all sessions and are ready to “JumpStart” your business, please contact the CIE by July 10. An application is required, and seating is limited.

Visit www.semo.edu/cie/training to register. The OJS course in Crawford County, to be offered at no charge to the participants, is made possible in part through funding from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). 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. For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.