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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 17, 2015

Northwest SBTDC surveying local businesses about needs

With the help of a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) grant awarded to Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), a Nodaway County endeavor is underway to create a resource for small businesses that have experienced challenges as a result of the closing of the Energizer plant in Maryville. 

The initiative is expected to include free mentoring, coaching, data-based growth strategies, workshops, training events and executive roundtables.

Northwest’s SBTDC is collaborating with several Nodaway County organizations, including Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, Nodaway County Economic Development, Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation and Northwest’s Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) to deliver real-world help to businesses in Nodaway County.

The collaborating organizations are surveying the business community to explore specific needs so programs may be tailored to meet the needs of Nodaway County businesses. 

Postcards are being distributed to businesses to direct them to take the survey online at Individual survey responses are confidential and will not be shared or distributed.

For more information, contact Arnie Kreek, economic development planner for Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, at 660.582.5121 or or Larry Lee, director of Northwest’s Hubbard CIE, at 660.562.0823 or email


About the Northwest SBTDC

The Northwest SBTDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA and has offices at the Hubbard CIE on the Northwest campus as well as in 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, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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