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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 4, 2013

SBTDC assistance makes positive impact on northwest Missouri

The assistance provided by the Northwest Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) during the last year has made a significant impact on small businesses – and the economy – in northwest Missouri, including the creation of 17 new businesses.

In addition to the creation of new businesses, Larry Lee, director of the Northwest SBTDC, reported that, in fiscal year 2013, from October 2012 to September 2013, the businesses the center assisted:

“The goals of the SBTDC are based on helping business owners and potential entrepreneurs meet today’s competitive challenges,” Lee said. “We reached 107 percent of our sales increase goal, 124 percent of our capitalization goal, 173 percent of our job creation goal and 404 percent of our job retention goal.”

The region’s SBTDC is operated by Northwest Missouri State University with offices in Maryville, St. Joseph and Chillicothe, serving an 18-county area. Lee is located at the regional office, in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) on the Northwest campus in Maryville. Rebecca Evans serves as associate regional director and operates an office in St. Joseph to serve the southern section. Matthew Trussell oversees an office in Chillicothe that serves the eastern portion of the region.

“We are proud of the work the SBTDC does every day to assist northwest Missouri small businesses and business owners,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “It is but one example of how Northwest Missouri State contributes to economic development, and the University and the SBTDC seek to continue that role.”

Like other SBTDC centers located throughout the United States at institutions of higher learning, the northwest Missouri center is focused on economic development assistance for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. More specifically, the Northwest SBTDC provides individual business counseling to small business owners and individuals throughout northwest Missouri, coordinates and conducts research related to technical and general small business problems, and conducts conferences and workshops on topics of interest to small business owners.

“The SBTDC is a leader in small business advocacy in Missouri and helps business owners and potential entrepreneurs meet today's competitive challenges,” Lee said. "However, it is imperative that we all take ownership in supporting area businesses and entrepreneurs and be strong advocates for northwest Missouri.”

The SBTDC, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, has developed and cultivated relationships with partners such as the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the state legislature, area chambers of commerce and economic developers throughout the region.

For more information about the Northwest Small Business and Technology Development Center, contact Larry Lee at 660.562.1701, Rebecca Evans at 816.232.4461 or Matthew Trussell at 660.646.6920.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468