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Elevation Lab at UMKC

Are you dreaming of a new business idea or ready to position your existing business for growth? ELEVATIONLAB launched in the fall of 2017 to help businesses at all stages with classes and workshops designed for entrepreneurial success.  Click here for more information  https://sbtdc.umkc.edu/

St. Louis, Missouri:

 

Military Spouse Entrepreneurship program

Date/ Time: April 18th 9:00am – 12:00pm and April 25th 9:00am-12:00pm 

A military spouse entrepreneurship program that is 2 days and designed to educate military spouses on turning their hobby into a small business that is transferable to a new post or when the family leaves service.

Registration and more information: http://bit.ly/stlmilspouse

Collab Space at Cortex

Upon signing up for the program, we will send out a meeting request to block out your calendars. If you would like to include others from your team in the email notifications, please forward their email addresses.

Many of you have reached out inquiring if you need to prepare or bring anything. Please note, these are work sessions therefore, all you need are your ideas and participation.  You will be working as teams and groups on your idea.  We will provide a series of index cards to help you through the process.  You will not need a laptop. 

Please feel free to reach out to Ken if you have questions, or concerns regarding SLUStart or want to discuss your idea or the program.

Ken Herold
SLUStart + ICorps Cohort Lead,
Adjunct Faculty Chaifetz School of Business MBA program
Mentor, Entrepreneur In Residence
E: kenneth.herold@slu.edu

Steve and Ken have lead innovation efforts in Corporations, Incubators, Accelerators, taught classes in the MBA program at SLU, and have been involved in a variety of startups; we understand the anticipation and effort it takes to launch a new venture.

To gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurial growth in organizations and new ventures, they recommend reading or listening to “the Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.


Kansas:

 
 

Nebraska:

March 2019 SBA & Resource Partner Workshops 

Weekly SCORE Live Webinars  
Free 
Mar 3: Is Your Networking Not Working? Drastic Steps to Get Known, Connected and Paid 
Mar 10: Why Diversity and Inclusion Need to Be Small Business Priorities 
Mar 12: Actionable Lead Generation and Nurturing Strategies for Entrepreneurs 
Mar 19: Understanding Cash Flow – A Critical Component to the Life of Your Business 
Mar 24: Business Succession Planning – Making It a Seamless Transition 
Register: https://www.score.org/live-webinars  
                
          Note: All webinars are recorded – https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars  
 
 
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FEATURED SERIES – New Year, New Business Workshop series with SBA, NBDC, SCORE & NEF 
 
March 11th – Wednesday (Lincoln) 
Business Plan Basics 
12-130pm 

Have an idea for a business? This workshop goes in-depth into how to put that idea into a business plan you can take to the bank. 
Basic 
Free of charge 
Eiseley Branch Library 68521 
1530 Superior Street 
Lincoln, NE 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: 402-441-8500 
 
March 18th – Wednesday (Lincoln) 
Online Marketing 
12-130pm 
Do you need to develop an online marketing strategy? This workshop will help you get started on one for your small business!  
Basic 
Free of charge 
Bennett Martin Library 
136 S 14th Street 
Lincoln, NE  68508 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: 402-441-8500 
 
March 25th – Wednesday (Lincoln) 
Small Business Resources 
12-1:30pm 

It’s amazing how many free federal, state and local resources exist to help you start, grow and expand your small business. Come and learn all about them! 
Basic 
Free of charge 
Anderson Branch Library 
3635 Touzalin Ave 
Lincoln, NE 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: 402-441-8500 
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March 9th – Monday (Omaha) 
Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Record Keeping 
4-5:30pm 

This workshop is designed to help you use your records as a managerial tool. During this workshop, you’ll improve overall recordkeeping practices, apply tricks and tools relevant to your business, choose among various software options to support recordkeeping and more! This is a hands-on workshop with activities designed to better understand recordkeeping. 
Basic 
Free of charge 
Do Space 
7205 Dodge St 
Omaha, NE 68114 
Register: https://calendar.dospace.org/event/6457268 
Questions: 402-685-5500 
 
March 10th– Tuesday (Omaha) 
Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Financial Management 
5:30-7pm 

Quality Financial Management offers many benefits to you as a business owner. If your business growth requires financing, financial management provides the info to know how much you can afford for your business. It gives you the documentation you need for a loan application, and helps you discuss your business circumstances with a lender in terms that improve your ability to qualify for a loan. In this workshop you’ll learn the essentials of financial management, apply these practices, rules and tools that are most relevant for small business, and prepare for common business financing needs like start up financing, working capital, and fixed asset loans. 
Basic 
Free 
Food Hub 
8501 N 30th Street 
Omaha, NE  68112 
Questions: 402-685-5500 
Register: https://nebbiz.org/events/84/financial-management  
 
March 11th – Wednesday (Bellevue) 
Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: Marketing Your Business & Selling to the Gov Made Easy 
8:30-10:30am 

This workshop will tell you how to find the opportunities and market your business to the government. 
Intermediate 
Free of charge 
Bellevue University 
1102 S Galvin Rd 
Bellevue, NE  68005 Questions: Mary Graff, 402-554-6254 
Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9281  
March 13th – Friday (Webinar) 
NBDC: Government Contracting Webinar Series – Cybersecurity Requirements 
9-11:00am 
The purpose of this webinar is to ensure that your business is aware of cybersecurity requirements mandated under the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and remains compliant. Note: Webinar instructions will be sent out to registrants. 
Register: https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-developmentcenter/news/events/2020/03/ptac-03-13-20-government-contracting-webinar-cybersecurity.php  
 
March 13th – Friday (Omaha) 
Building a Budget For Your Small Business 
10:30-12pm 
Rescheduled from January 17th. 
This free workshop takes you through the basics of putting together a budget for your small business. Free parking. Please note room change. 
Basic 
Free of charge 
UNO College of Business Administration 
Mammel Hall, Room 215 
6708 Pine Street 
Omaha, NE  68106 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9310 
 
March 17th & 18th Tues/Wed (Omaha) 
Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Quickbooks Training 
8:30-4:30pm 

This program is for current and potential clients of NEF. It will be customized to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs and start up businesses. Content will include two full days of training on business set-up such as identifying customers, writing checks and paying bills, invoicing and receiving payments, payroll and more! Lunch provided. 
Basic 
$59-249 (call NEF for pricing) 
Keystone B-Bay 
7805 Military Road 
Omaha, NE  68134 
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-day-quickbooks-workshop-host-nef-with-jacobmalasouek-ark-financial-tickets-91707508627?aff=erelexpmlt  
Questions: 402-685-5500 
 
March 17th – Tuesday (Omaha) 
IRS and SBA Small Business Resource Forum 
1-230pm 

Come and learn about the latest updates from the IRS, SBA and other participating federal, state and local agencies! This event is for any organization to attend and share info about their programs and for any small business owners who wish to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn more about various agencies and to network! 
All levels 
Free of charge 
UNO 
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center 
6400 S University Drive Road North 
Room 201 
Omaha, NE  68182 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: https://nebraskaspringsmallbusinessforum.eventbrite.com  
 
March 19th – Thursday (Omaha) 
SBA: Winning Federal Contracts For Your Small Business 
9-11:00am 

This workshop will give you four steps to entering the federal marketplace: how to self-certify as a small business (understanding NAICS codes); how to find out if the government buys what you sell (understanding set-asides), if it is right for your business (registrations and certifications) and how to market your business to the government. 
Intermediate 
Free of charge 
US Small Business Administration 
10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100 
Omaha, NE  68134 
Register: https://sbanebraska3rdthursday.eventbrite.com  
 
March 19th – Thursday (Webinar) 
Grow Nebraska: Network Like A Pro – Online Or In Person 
12-1:00pm 

There’s a few pieces of “written marketing collateral” that are crucial to helping spread the word about your business online: The “About Me” Section, The “Elevator Pitch” and the “Short Bio.” If you do online marketing, you won’t want to miss this free webinar! Grow Nebraska offers free training webinars the third Thursday of every month. Topics vary. 
Free of charge 
Register: https://grownebraska.org/network-like-a-pro-online-or-in-person/  
 
March 19th – Thursday (Omaha) 
SBA: Financing Your Business 
12-1:00pm 

Are you looking to finance your small business? This workshop takes you through the basics – what lenders are looking for in a successful loan applicant, SBA’s guaranteed loan programs and alternative financing options. Free of charge 
All levels 
Do Space 
7205 Dodge Street 
Omaha, NE  68114 
Questions: 402-221-7200 
Register: https://calendar.dospace.org/event/6488891 
 
March 20th – Friday (Omaha) 
NBDC PTAC: Meet the Buyers Conference 
8-3:30pm 

This conference provides an opportunity for Nebraska businesses to meet with government agencies to pitch their products or services. Attendees can expect to meet face to face with federal buyers and prime contractors to learn about upcoming projects and business opportunities, network with buyers, primes and potential partners, find out if your products, services and qualifications are of interest to a federal agency or prime, learn how to increase business sales through gov contracting and how to improve the success of your proposals, and learn about free consulting and market research services that will help you sell to the government. 
All levels 
$50 
Mammel Hall 
UNO College of Business Administration 
6708 Pine St 
Omaha, NE  68106 
Questions: Catherine Walsh 402-554-6270 or cwalsh@unomaha.edu 
Register: https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-developmentcenter/news/events/2020/03/ptac-03-20-20-meet-the-buyers.php  
 
March 23rd – Monday (Omaha) 
Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Record Keeping 
4:30-6pm 

Record keeping ranges from simple manila folder filing systems to complex on-line electronic systems. Whether simple or complex, a record system must be easy to use and provide adequate storage and retrieval of records. After this training, you will be able to explain the concept of record keeping and why it’s important, identify record keeping practices, rules and tools which are commonly available, and explain record keeping basics for small business. 
Free 
Core Bank 
17807 Burke Street 
Omaha, NE  68118 
Questions: 402-685-5500 
Register: https://nebbiz.org/events/103/record-keeping 
 
March 26th – Thursday (Omaha) 
SCORE: Social Media – Website Basics 
9:30-11:30am 

This workshop tells you what you need to know about building a website. Every business needs one! In this workshop, you’ll learn the two components to a website: the domain name and wesbsite hosting. You’ll also learn about the different design tools that are available, how to optimize your website for search engines and more! This is a high-level overview of basic website info with an intro portion and a look at several design tools: WordPress, SquareSpace and a hosting company website builder. 
Basic 
Free of charge 
Do Space 
7205 Dodge St 
Omaha, NE 68114 
Register: https://calendar.dospace.org/event/6488923  
Questions: 402-685-5500 
 
March 26th – Thursday (Omaha) 
Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Financial Management 
5-6:30pm 

Quality Financial Management offers many benefits to you as a business owner. If your business growth requires financing, financial management provides the info to know how much you can afford for your business. It gives you the documentation you need for a loan application, and helps you discuss your business circumstances with a lender in terms that improve your ability to qualify for a loan. In this workshop you’ll learn the essentials of financial management, apply these practices, rules and tools that are most relevant for small business, and prepare for common business financing needs like start up financing, working capital, and fixed asset loans. 
Basic 
Free 
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce 
808 Conagra Drive, Suite 400 
Omaha, NE  68102 
Questions: 402-685-5500 
Register: https://nebbiz.org/events/84/financial-management  
 
March 30th – Monday (Omaha) 
SCORE: Intro to Quickbooks 
6:30-8:30pm 

Join an instructor from SCORE Omaha for an evening workshop on QuickBooks, a popular accounting software for small businesses. The workshop will focus on the most basic functions of QuickBooks, including how to create invoices, pay bills and manage your checkbook with QuickBooks software. Attendees do not need to bring QuickBooks software or their laptops. 
Basic 
Free 
Do Space 
7205 Dodge St 
Omaha, NE 
Questions: SCORE – 402-221-3606, score@scoreomaha.org  
Register: https://calendar.dospace.org/event/6341661 (reg opens March 2nd) 
 
All events listed on the SBA Nebraska District Office calendar on www.sba.gov/ne 
For more information on SCORE, visit the Greater Omaha SCORE Chapter at https://omaha.score.org/

 


Below are links to other events in the local and regional area we serve. 

 

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

 Nebraska Events

 

 

 

2018 Small Business Champions Congratulations

Iowa Small Business – Hooah! Veterans Smallbiz Champ Mike Olson Army

St. Louis Small Business – Hooah! Entrepreneur of the Year Tim Smith Army


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The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans that gather monthly to discuss business issues.  Click here to apply for membership.

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