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Nov. 11, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host a series of programs Nov. 17-23 in commemoration of Global Entrepreneur Week.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. For one week each November, Global Entrepreneurship activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors – introducing individuals to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
To celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the SBTDC is hosting a networking event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Historic Green Acres building, located at 3500 N. Village Drive in St. Joseph, Mo. The global event will involve 144 participating countries to empower, celebrate and support women in business and build a strong network for change worldwide.
The SBTDC also will host the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge in Chillicothe, Mo. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. The event, planned by Matthew Trussell, director of the Northwest SBTDC’s Chillicothe office, annually attracts high school students from throughout the region to work one-on-one with local business owners and assist them with a challenge the business is experiencing.
The Northwest SBTDC, in collaboration with the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, also presented the Small Business Summit Nov. 11, at Missouri Western State University. The event was designed to offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and learn within the small business community. Will Shields, formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs, was the keynote speaker and sessions discussed topics such as branding business and expanding into international markets, among others.
The Northwest SBTDC, which is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA, also made a significant impact on small businesses in northwest Missouri during fiscal year 2014, including the creation of 13 new businesses. Additionally, SBTDC-assisted businesses created or retained 231 jobs in northwest Missouri, experienced an increase in sales of $15 million, and received loans and investments totaling nearly $38 million.
With offices in Maryville, St. Joseph and Chillicothe, the Northwest SBTDC serves an 18-county area in northwest Missouri and focuses on economic development assistance for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. It provides individual business counseling to small business owners and individuals, 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.
For more information about Global Entrepreneur Week events, sponsored by the Northwest SBTDC, or more information about the SBTDC and its services, contact Larry Lee in Maryville at 660.562.1701, Rebecca Evans in St. Joseph at 816.232.4461 or Matthew Trussell in Chillicothe at 660.646.6920.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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