Knowledge is power. We provide access to a statewide network of business training, analysis and counselors to help your businesses grow.
A benefit of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a wide array of training, informational seminars, and conference opportunities that are provided to our members free of charge or at significantly reduced rates. Join us at these events and stay on top of the issues that matter most to your business.
INFORMATIONAL SEMINARS AND ANNUAL CONFERENCES:
• State of Missouri Business Conference
• Missouri Transportation and Export Conference
• Missouri Energy and Environment Conference
• Missouri Employment/Labor Law Regional Updates
Click here to view our calendar of events. To learn more about our seminars and annual conferences, contact Katey Twehous, manager of seminars and conferences, at 573.634.3511.
VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS ACROSS MISSOURI
As part of a unique partnership with the Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Missouri Chamber members have access to a network of business professionals and a menu of business tools to help grow your businesses. Kelly Dyer, Missouri Chamber manager of entrepreneur and business development, serves as our connection to this valuable network. Dyer has years of experience as an SBDC counselor and trainer. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. Let us put these services to work for you.
- ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING:
SBDC counselors provide aspiring and current small business owners advice on a variety of business topics such as:
- Economic Gardening – Advanced Domestic Marketing
Do you know what customers are your best? Would you like to find more of them? Economic Gardening (EG) helps you understand your current customer mix and refine your market strategy to improve your ability to attract more of the right kind of customers.
- Strategic Planning
Can you clearly articulate where you want your business to go? Can you track progress toward that vision? Experts facilitate a seven-session planning process to provide your company with an executable plan to focus activities that drive improved performance.
- Financial Analysis
Do you know how your company stacks up to the competition? Are your sales growing faster than your competition? How does your return on assets compare? We can help you determine the answers to these questions. When answers are found, we can show you how to improve your company’s performance.
- Balanced Scorecards – Measure, Manage, Succeed
Are you confronted with problems that should never have occurred? Are employees busy but you don’t see results of their work? Does communication break down in your company? The balanced scorecard is a measurement and management system that channels the energies, abilities and knowledge of people in your company to achieve specific business goals.
- Management Assessments
If you stepped back from your daily operations, how would you assess the effectiveness of your management team and leadership? QuikSMART is an assessment based upon the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. It examines current practices and provides feedback in seven key areas, including customer and market focus, strategic planning, process management, human resources, information and analysis, leadership and results.
- International Trade
Are you ready to export but think it is far too complicated for your business? Are you currently exporting but want to research new markets? Specially trained export specialists help your company grow revenues and create jobs by expanding into global markets. Our team of experts can help assess your readiness to export, create an export plan, educate you about export compliance and documentation, identify potential export markets and foreign trade partners and more.
- Technology Development and Commercialization
Have you invented something but don’t know if it can be patented or copyrighted? How do you know if anyone would buy your invention? What are the options to fund the commercialization of your invention? Specialists can help you assess the commercial viability of your intellectual property whether it originated from a business, university or federal lab. They can assist with manufacturing technology and processes, patents and trademarks and presentations to investors.
- Succession Planning
Can your business survive without you? What is your business worth? Whether you plan to pass your business on to the next generation in your family or sell it, advanced planning is essential for a successful transfer. Our experts can help you structure your business for that inevitable transition of ownership. But realize, it takes time, so even if the transfer of ownership is not in your immediate future, it is smart to plan for it so your business will survive without you.
- Economic Gardening – Advanced Domestic Marketing
- ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES COVERING A VARIETY OF TOPICS:
- Financial analysis
- Strategic planning
- Social media
- Customer service
- Succession planning
- Understanding your Financial Statements
- Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow
- Predicting Your Company’s Cash Needs