This eight-hour offering will acquaint you with the basics of starting and managing a small business in Missouri. It is designed for those who are thinking about starting a business, have made a decision to start a business or have been in business for less than two years.
Participants will learn about business ownership planning and organization, legal and regulatory requirements, recordkeeping and information management, marketing, financing and resources for assistance.
Discussions are facilitated by business counselors who will help you examine your individual situation, explore opportunities and discover new ideas. You'll learn from other participants and have a host of valuable resources available to you.
Here's what you'll learn:
- The Basics of Business Ownership and Planning
We'll introduce you to the business planning process and provide tools to assess your personal, managerial, technical and financial skills as well as explore your financial capacity.
- Planning for Success
We'll help you understand the importance of planning and assessing the business environment.
- Organizational Forms of Business
We'll acquaint you with the various forms of business organization and help you determine which is the right one for your business.
- Legal and Regulatory Environment
We'll introduce you to the government regulations pertaining to starting your business and help you understand the various regulations with which you must comply.
- Recordkeeping and Information Management
We'll show you which factors to consider when you are establishing these business processes, and we'll help you understand why they are so important.
We'll introduce you to basic marketing tools, procedures and strategies and acquaint you with the basic tools of market research.
We'll acquaint you with finance terminology and ensure you have a basic understanding of credit. We'll show you where financing is available and help you understand how to get it.
We'll summarize the resources presented above and introduce you to additional sources of assistance for small business start up.
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