LaunchU Entrepreneurship Training Coming to Poplar Bluff Oct. 13-Nov. 16


The Economic and Business Engagement Center and Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Southeast Missouri State University announces scholarship opportunities are now available for an upcoming LaunchU class in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

Enrollment is now open for the next LaunchU Oct. 13-Nov. 16 on Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Smart Space at 1901 Sunset Drive.

LaunchU is a hands-on course that coaches aspiring entrepreneurs and startups through the business planning process to determine business feasibility, including the actual development of a Small Business Administration-approved business plan, pitch presentation, and financial forecast. The course consists of instruction from a certified facilitator, small group activities, one-on-one business coaching including access to market research data from the SBTDC, local experts as guest speakers, the LaunchU Startup Handbook, and a three-month license for LivePlan. At the end of the course, class participants compete with their pitch and plan to win a startup assistance package.

Poplar Bluff Class

Oct. 13: all-day session from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 20: one-hour one-on-one counseling session from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 27: all-day session from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 3: one-hour one-on-one counseling session from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 10: one-hour one-on-one counseling session to prepare for pitch competition from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 16: pitch competition and graduation from 5:30-7 p.m.

The cost of the course has been reduced from $175 to free for each participant.

“I have been involved with entrepreneurial training sessions and graduate level business planning for numerous years and the LaunchU program is second to none,” said Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. “I am extremely excited we can offer this opportunity at no cost for our local residents to receive the invaluable tools these training sessions provide.”

Class size is limited, so advance registration is required. To enroll, visit

For more information, contact Gabrielle Penca at (573) 986-6085 or