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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Nov. 23, 2015

    Northwest SBTDC hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

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    The Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Northwest Missouri State University on Nov. 19 hosted its second annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which featured speakers and resources available to local entrepreneurs, at Northwest-St. Joseph.

    Pat Brown-Dixon, the regional administrator for Region VII of the U.S. Small Business Administration, delivered opening remarks. She was appointed to her role in 2011 by President Barack Obama and administers the delivery of SBA’s small business programs in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. She also hosts national events and provides feedback to Washington, D.C., regarding the needs of small businesses throughout the region.

    The day’s speakers also included Dr. Linda Godwin, a former NASA astronaut and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, addressing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields; Dr. Elyssa Ford, assistant professor of history at Northwest, speaking about her experiences in Cambodia and with The Harpswell Foundation; Brande Stitt, program director at the Women’s Business Center in Fairfax, Kansas, discussing available services and micro-loans; and Carol Gregg, president and owner of  Flexible Staffing, LLC, in Chillicothe, Missouri, sharing her experiences of building and owning a business.

    The SBA Kansas City District Office and its resource partners also were available to provide information about SBA programs.

    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 Lobina 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