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St. Louis Business Diversity Connect 2019 August 29th

(June 11, 2019) St Louis – Save the Date for a unique one-day event on August 29th that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet and pitch their business to procurement representatives and supplier diversity managers from government entities and corporations. Minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest are welcome.

Not a small business, but looking to participate as a procurement representative? Attend the St. Louis Business Diversity Connect to build relationships with diverse businesses, including minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest to expand your supplier networks and explore emerging consumer markets.

Thursday, August 29

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel | 800 Washington Ave

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

Kansas City SCORE Upcoming Workshops

The Kansas City SCORE Chapter provides over 50 Workshops per year.  Workshops are FREE or at a low cost to our attendees.

The most popular is the 5 part “Simple Steps To STARTING Your Business.” 
  1. Start-up Basics
  2. Business Concepts 
  3. Marketing 
  4. Financial Statement Basics
  5. Funding Sources  
Business Concepts/Marketing and Financial Statement Basics/Funding Sources are also offered as six hour Workshops with a lunch break.
Click here for upcoming workshops. Workshops are offered at a variety of convenient times and locations during the week and on Saturday

Food Processing Center offers seminar for food business entrepreneurs

(June 4, 2019) Lincoln, Neb. – The National Food Entrepreneur Program offered through The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Processing Center can help food business entrepreneurs with the development of small food manufacturing businesses.
The program, which started in 1989, consists of two phases. The first phase is the “Recipe to Reality” one-day seminar and informs attendees of issues to be considered when starting a food business.
Following the seminar, participants may choose to enter the “Product to Profit” phase of the program. During this phase entrepreneurs receive individualized and confidential assistance from food scientists and business consultants with the development of their own business venture.

To register for an upcoming seminar or to receive National Food Entrepreneur Program information, contact Gifford at Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, P.O. Box 886206, Lincoln, NE, 68588-6206; call 402-472-2819; e-mail,; or visit

Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference

Nov 6th-9th 2019 Arlington TX
(June 11, 2019) Your battlefield may have been in a distant or foreign land. Starting and growing a business may feel just as distant and foreign. But, you can live the American dream of business ownership.The Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference provides collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning and networking opportunities to increase awareness of and facilitate access to entrepreneurial development resources that inspire action and adds economic value through the military connected community.
The conference includes:
  • Mentorship Opportunities
  • Exposure to Big Brands and Business Experts
  • Procurement Fair & Franchise Expo
  • Pitch Competition
Regular registration will be $289.
Go to for more information

Below is a list of events in the local and regional area we serve.   Please bookmark this page as it is update regularly.   Additionally, visit the links below of other calendars in the area for events that will assist in your networking and education efforts.

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

 Nebraska Events


ST. LOUIS (May 1, 2019) – Darcella Craven, president of the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship at 2:30 pm EDT on May 1.

Craven, a U.S. Army veteran, will speak about the need for a national Veterans Business Outreach Center. The Senate hearing is set to examine the role of entrepreneurial development programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and VBOC. The VBRC operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center for a four-state area: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. She spoke with the committee on the current disposition of the resource partners, collaboration and offered her suggestions on improvements.

See her discussion with the committee below.

Video Link

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

Upcoming VBRC Events

Boots 2 Business Reboot:    Register here Choose your state and choose your desired location. Start times are 0800 unless otherwise indicated. Other areas of the country are listed as well.

Webinars – Click here to view our list of upcoming webinars that can help propel your small business to success.

Confidential Legal Services!

Request a Speaker

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans and professionals who represent the organization at civic, professional, educational and other public venues.  Each year, VBRC speakers provide hundreds of presentations to thousands of people. Click here to request a speaker.

The VBRC Speakers Bureau is a service we provide to other military oriented organizations and the general public as a part of our public communication and outreach programs.  Our audiences include Veterans groups, Yellow Ribbon programs, National Guard pre- and post-deployments, small business groups, professional and technical organizations and community groups.

Exciting topics and dynamic presentations will inspire and educate your group.  Topics include:

  • Small Business Start Up Tricks and Tips
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Military Family Deployment and Its Impact
  • How VBRC Improves Our Communities
  • Mission and Program Briefings
  • Translating Military Skills Into Small Business Success
  • And more

We will work with you to identify the topic and speaker that will best meet your needs and the needs of your audience.

This service is FREE to military oriented organizations and community causes.  A donation to the VBRC which is a recognized 501c3 Nonprofit in good standing is always welcome and helps us keep our services FREE to all of our clients.

Click here to request a speaker or to arrange an interview with Darcella K. Craven, Executive Director.

Darcella Craven Brief Bio

Next Steps…

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there.   Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B.   Your unit has not left you!