Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Small Business Workshop: Listening to Your Business


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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is offering “Listening to Your Business,” a no-charge, one-night workshop in October in Portageville, Dexter and Cape Girardeau, Mo.  

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., September 9, 2010 – Every day, small business owners are busy managing employees, serving customers and planning for the next day. Often the business owner realizes they would benefit from visioning, goal-setting and planning activities, but they lack the time or resources to do so.  The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University recently announced a workshop to help small business owners identify solutions to help their business grow.

Listening to Your Business, a no-charge, one-night workshop will be offered in October in Portageville, Dexter and Cape Girardeau, Mo.  The program, a Kauffman Foundation curriculum delivered in a group setting, will assist entrepreneurs through visioning exercises and activities to help them set goals and develop their plan of action. The instructor for the Listening to Your Business workshop will be Buz Sutherland.

“The Listening to Your Business material supports those who need to work on their business, not just in their business,” said Sutherland, former business owner, economic developer and director of Southeast University’s Small Business Development Center. Sutherland will lead discussions and activities to help the small business owner to realistically view where the business is today and where it should be in three years.

“Most of all,” said Gina Harper, CIE training coordinator, “business owners need to realize how important it is to plan for three years or more.

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs are so over-worked, getting through the next day or week or month is their goal, instead of stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.”

Sutherland said that the topics included in the one-night workshop are:  The Three-Year Vision, The Business Life Cycle and Transitions; Planning Tools and Competencies, and Transition Tactics. Each of these topics will be included in the Listening to Your Business workshop, which will be offered on Oct. 5 in Portageville, Oct. 12 in Cape Girardeau and Oct. 18 in Dexter.

To register online for this program or to view a complete list of the CIE’s September, October and November 2010 trainings and conferences, visit or call Glenna Ervin at (573) 651-2929. There is no cost to attend; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The CIE 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, led by executive director Dr. James Stapleton, supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.

For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit