You have an idea and know exactly what you want to do.

The problem is maybe you’ve never started your own business. We can help with the planning, the strategizing, financial resources and more to help you launch your business.  


If you’re a first-time business owner, the LaunchU Startup class is a must. During this course, you will receive coaching on business planning, marketing strategy, financial planning, market research, and more.

LaunchU is a 20+ hour facilitated course that coaches aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through business planning, pitching, and tracking financials to ensure their business is feasible. Participants benefit from instruction by a certified facilitator, small group activities, local experts as guest speakers, a Startup Handbook, and a 3-month license for LivePlan, the cloud-based business planning software.

Receive coaching through step-by-step curriculum and hands-on group exercises.

Conduct market research and develop a SBA-approved analysis of your business concept.

Input and evaluate projections with LivePlan for rock-solid, error-free financials.

Prepare and practice an impressive presentation for potential funders and partners.

Meet with a Consultant

Sit down one-on-one with a Missouri SBDC consultant at no cost. At your first appointment, the consultant will talk with you about your current business status and determine the best course of action within our network.

Join A Workshop

The Missouri SBDC offers regular webinars and workshops on a wide variety of business topics. Join one, or more, to help improve and grow your business”

More Resources

The Missouri SBDC at SEMO combines local, state, and federal resources to help your business succeed. Use the buttons below or scroll down this page for more online resources.

"“I was always scared of taking the leap into entrepreneurship and leaving the safety of my full-time job. LaunchU provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge about everything I needed to know. And more importantly it gave me the confidence and courage to finally take action steps and move forward! It was great to get connected to others and also get connected with the right mentors and local experts who could help me with starting and growing my business.” "

Caitlin Schlichting, Digital Fire

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