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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 3, 2015

Northwest SBTDC co-sponsoring Small Business Week event May 7

(Updated April 22, 2015)

Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will co-sponsor a workshop and luncheon next month in St. Joseph as the Small Business Administration (SBA) marks Small Business Week. 

The Small Business Week event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Green Acres Building, 3500 N. Village Drive, in St. Joseph. It will honor the SBA’s Missouri Small Business Person of the Year and other SBA award winners from the Kansas City District SBA Office.

Additionally, the event will feature the Hamilton-based Star Quilt Company, whose owners, Alan R. Doan and Sarah B. Galbraith, were recently named a finalists for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award. The announcement for the national winner will be made May 8 in Washington D.C.

Doan and Galbraith are scheduled to speak at the Small Business Week event and will have quilts for viewing. They also will offer a tour of their Hamilton store after the event.

The event will include workshops offering tips for finding access to capital, securing federal contracts, and obtaining certification as a small business owner or minority or woman-owned business at the state and federal levels. Also, a credit building session will give participants the opportunity to access their credit reports and receive counseling about improving credit scores. SBA Resource Partners and other business organizations will be on hand to provide information about business assistance. 

The cost is $25 per person to attend the entire event or $15 per person to attend the luncheon only. Registration is open until May 1 at

For more information, contact Brande Stitt at the Women's Business Center at 913.492.5922.

Along with the Northwest SBTDC, the Small Business Week event is sponsored by the Women’s Business Center and MO-Kan Development Inc.


About the Northwest SBTDC

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 the Northwest 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.

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