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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 13, 2013

Northwest SBTDC to host Global Entrepreneurship Week events

Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host a series of programs Nov. 18-24 in commemoration of Global Entrepreneur Week.

All of the week’s events are free, beginning with a networking breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Northwest’s St. Joseph Center. Other programs will focus on tips for start-up companies, the Affordable Care Act, and a radio show will feature the story of an area entrepreneur.

“I work with entrepreneurs every day, and they are unique individuals who are willing to take a leap of faith that most other individuals don’t consider,” said Rebecca Evans, associate regional director of the Northwest SBTDC. “Their risks become our reward when the entrepreneur sees success, and that translates into new jobs, investments in the region and new technology creations.”

In fact, entrepreneurs and their small businesses have a significant impact on the nation’s economy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA notes 23 million American small businesses account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales, and they provide 55 percent of all jobs. Since 1990, as big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.

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 2013, including the creation of 17 new businesses. Additionally, SBTDC-assisted businesses created or retained 444 jobs in northwest Missouri, experienced an increase in sales of $11 million, and received loans and investments totaling nearly $7 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.

More information about Global Entrepreneur Week events, sponsored by the Northwest SBTDC, is available below. For 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.


An Entrepreneur Thank You (7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Northwest’s St. Joseph Center at the Historic Green Acres building, 3500 North Village Drive in St. Joseph)

Entrepreneurs are invited to a networking breakfast in honor of their work and to meet other business owners. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Fuel Coffee Shop located within the building. Individuals interested in attending may register by clicking here.


The Magic of the One Page Business Plan! (5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Hazel's Gourmet Coffee & Tea, 4001 Frederick Ave. in St. Joseph)

Matthew Trussell, director of the Northwest SBTDC in Chillicothe, will offer tips about start-ups during this free workshop. Attendees will learn how to create a one-page business plan and get answers to general start-up questions. To register, click here.


Affordable Care Act for Entrepreneurs 101 (1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Northwest’s Maryville campus)

The CIE, in conjunction with the SBA, present this program designed to educate small business owners about the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in small business health insurance marketplaces. Other topics discussed will include insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit and employer shared responsibility provisions. SBA representatives will help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees.

The free event is open to the public but limited to 30 people. Individuals interested in attending must register by contacting Alisa Meyer at or 660.562.1701 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.


The KFEQ Hotline with Barry Birr (9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, on 680 AM KFEQ)

Listen to a local entrepreneur tell his story about how he’s bootstrapped his business during the last two years and begun to see some success. He’ll discuss some pitfalls to avoid and some of the lessons he has learned.

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