Small Business Startup Course: Launch Your Dream Business with LaunchU!

Empower your entrepreneurial journey with our comprehensive small business startup course, LaunchU! Designed to equip budding entrepreneurs with the essential tools and strategies, this course delves into the core aspects of launching and growing a successful business. From crafting a solid business plan to navigating legal requirements and marketing tactics, our expert-led curriculum covers it all. Join us to gain invaluable insights, practical skills, and the confidence to turn your business idea into a thriving reality. Enroll now and take the first step towards building your dream business!

Starting a Small Business

What is Launch U? It 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.

  • Business Coach: Receive coaching through step-by-step curriculum and hands-on group exercises
  • Feasibility Plan: Conduct market research and develop a SBA-approved analysis of your business concept
  • Financial Forecast: Input and evaluate projections with LivePlan for rock-solid, error-free financials
  • Pitch Presentation: Prepare and practice an impressive presentation for potential funders and partners

If you or your organization are ready to host a LaunchU training please let us know by emailing, 

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

The LaunchU class was a great experience to further my business. It has already opened the doors to numerous business opportunities in the area. I’m excited to see what the future will bring.

Becky Brown, Cakes Reanimated
Economic and Workforce Development
612 Broadway St
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701