November 08, 2022

Sedalia, Missouri  Nov. 7, 2022 – The Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College is offering launchU sessions to help aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners gain knowledge and information that will help them set up their businesses for a solid start or improve businesses still in early stages. The course is sponsored by Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, Johnson County Economic Development Corporation, and Co-Mo Connect.  Anyone may apply for the course.  

The 4-session course will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays starting Feb. 17 and concluding March 10 at SFCC’s Sedalia campus, 3201 W. 16th Street. Cost is $300 per person; light breakfast and lunch included. Partial scholarships are available. Application deadline to enroll and request a scholarship is Jan. 20

LaunchU offers instruction from a certified facilitator and a startup handbook; feedback in small group activities; and insight from local experts. Participants will receive access to LivePlan cloud-based business planning software and market research data provided by the Missouri SBDC at SFCC. Support from a network of coaches and peers is another launchU benefit. 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have completed a Small Business Association approved business feasibility plan and determined if their business concept is workable. Participants can develop and perfect their business pitch and compete in an in-class pitch competition. 

Anyone may apply for the course and a scholarship at People also may contact Kelly Asbury, Missouri SBDC director at the college, at or (660) 596-7350. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  

The Missouri SBDC at State Fair Community College is made possible by a funding partnership through the federal Small Business Administration, the University of Missouri Extension and SFCC’s The LearningForce.

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