Operation Growth Start Seeks to Assist Small Business Owners



April 25, 2011 – Operation Growth Start, a new program designed to assist small businesses in Southeast Missouri, will use five Community Advocates scattered throughout the region to expand its outreach capabilities as well as two business counselors based in Cape Girardeau who will be making appointments throughout the University’s 24-county service region.   

The U.S. Small Business Administration is funding this innovative new program that will provide business counseling and resource coaching to individuals who are interested in growing their small businesses, but need some help.  Operation Growth Start is offered by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University.

CIE Business Counselor Justin Pobst says, “Small business owners should give us a call if they would like to have a business counselor’s help with working through some barriers to growing their companies.  We would like to see dozens of businesses work through problems and become stronger and employ more people because of the Operation Growth Start initiative.”

If your small business could benefit from talking to a business counselor in your area, please call (573) 651-5156.

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, call (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.