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Jan. 8, 2018

SBTDC offering free sexual harassment seminar for businesses

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Northwest Missouri State University will host a free sexual harassment seminar Thursday, Jan. 18, featuring a trial lawyer and counselor who specializes in hostile work environment issues.

The seminar is scheduled for 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the SBTDC’s office at 3003 Frederick Ave. in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The presenter, Carol C. Barnett, is an attorney and shareholder with Polsinelli. She works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid employment-related litigation, such as sexual harassment claims. She regularly conducts trainings and presents to various groups about legal issues.

Rebecca Lobina, director of the Northwest SBTDC, said the topic is timely as reports of sexual harassment cases have been prevalent in media during recent months.

“The business community needs to feel confident in their interactions with employees as well as understand what the possible consequences are if they do not have or do not follow an internal, trusted legal process,” Lobina said.

The seminar is free and open to the entire business community. RSVPs are requested to ensure enough seating is available.


About the SBTDC

Northwest’s SBTDC offers consulting assistance related to planning, marketing, international trade, government contracting, executive coaching, financial analysis and finding financing, among other services. It supports businesses in the counties of Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Gentry, Clinton, DeKalb, Holt, Andrew and Buchanan.

Hosted by Northwest since 1985, the SBTDC was designed to enhance student experiences and increase the economic impact of the University on the region. Since 1999, the Northwest SBTDC has consulted, on average, with about 200 businesses annually, while assisting with average yearly investments of nearly $8.8 million.

The SBTDC provides services at no cost to businesses through subsidies provided by the University and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBTDC is a resource partner of the SBA and was created to assist businesses that otherwise could not afford private consultants.

For more information, visit or contact Lobina at 816.364.4105 or


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