Southeast Missouri State University

Operation Jump Start

An award-winning microenterprise development program that was originally developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as First Step, Operation JumpStart partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation you need in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.


Operation JumpStart leads you through determining whether a business idea is a feasible business opportunity. You will examine your idea from every angle and write a feasibility plan, which will help you decide if the business is a “Go” or a “No Go” before spending too much time or money.


Do you want to deliver your own training program to entrepreneurs in your community? This program can be the foundation you need in building entrepreneurial communities! Current affiliates consist of: Chambers of Commerce, business development centers, local and regional economic development councils, colleges, universities, microenterprise organizations, consulting firms, and many others. To find out more about the Operation JumpStart Program and becoming a certified facilitator, visit:

Training & Events

Operation JumpStart Online Classes Starting Soon!

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Gabrielle Penca at or 573-986-6085.