Southeast’s IRIE Offering Small Business Development Training in Jackson, Cape Girardeau

InnovationCenter_2011CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 12, 2015 – Have you been thinking about starting your own business, being your own boss and enjoying the life of an entrepreneur?  Do you know what you need to do to get started? Do you know what you need to do to become a part of an elite group of entrepreneurs who are realizing their dream of small business ownership?  Do you have an idea that you want to “jumpstart” or maybe give your current business a boost?  If so, you should plan on attending the upcoming trainings being offered at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce building in Jackson, Missouri, and the Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IRIE) at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau beginning later this month.

“How to Start a New Business” will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6-9 p.m. at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce building located at 125 E. Main, in Jackson, Missouri.   During this three- hour training, participants will be given an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business.  The instructor will help them assess their strengths and weaknesses in terms of business ownership.  Legal and regulatory requirements will be discussed, and sources of financing will also be identified.  Cost for this training will be $40. Registration deadline is Jan. 20.

To further help entrepreneurs realize their dream, “Operation JumpStart (OJS), a nationally-recognized, highly-successful training model, designed for individuals who are considering starting or expanding a small business, will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. for four weeks beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Classes will be held at Southeast Missouri State University’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 920 Broadway, in Cape Girardeau. Participants will learn such skills as product pricing, legal structure, competition, marketing and cash flow management with a goal of developing a feasibility plan to start or expand their business. In addition, participants will receive one-on-one business counseling with a professional business development consultant from Southeast’s Small Business and Technology Development Center.  The OJS program has been instrumental in assisting more than 700 individuals who have started or expanded more than 250 small businesses in southeast Missouri and elsewhere. The cost for this training is $99.  Registration deadline is Jan. 29.

Preparation is the key to the success of any business venture.  If you are starting a new business, growing an established business or launching a new product or service, a solid business plan will help prevent unexpected problems and smooth the way for a successful business venture.  “How to Write a Business Plan” will be offered on Tuesday, March 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce building.  Participants will learn the key elements that are required for a successful business plan.  Topics will include: defining the business concept, learning the necessary components of the formal plan, understanding how to research the feasibility and assess the industry, marketing and competition.  Participants also will develop basic financial projections from marketing analysis. The cost of this training is $40. Registration deadline is Feb. 26.

If you would like to participate in any or all of these trainings, visit www.semo.edu/irie/training and complete an application or you may call or email Glenna Ervin at (573) 651-2929 or gervin@semo.edu.