January 25, 2021

Sedalia, MissouriJan. 25, 2021 – The Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College is offering launchU 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 in early stages. The 12-session virtual course will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting March 30 and concluding May 6 in an online format. Cost is $250 per person; partial scholarships are available. Course and scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 10. 

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 access to SFCC’s Missouri SBDC market research database. Support from a network of coaches and peers is another launchU benefit. 

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

Sponsors of the program include Johnson County Economic Development Corporation, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, START HERE Business Acceleration Network, NEW GROWTH from Deep Roots, Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments, and Co-Mo Connect. 

To apply, go to www.sfccmo.edu/thelearningforce; select Schedule of Courses link; and locate the SBDC schedule on the webpage. People also may call (660) 530-5822 or email thelearningforce@sfccmo.edu. For more information, contact Kelly Asbury, SBDC director, at kasbury1@sfccmo.edu or (660) 596-7350. 

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

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