Business Development

University of Missouri Extension business specialists provide assistance to business owners, existing and prospective, on topics associated with successfully starting and managing a small business. Assistance is provided for business licensing, planning, marketing, management, financing, etc. Business specialists provide one-on-one consultations, workshops, seminars, and referral to on-line or printed materials. Contact Chris Thompson, Associated Extension Professional, Business Development Specialist at or by phone at 573-634-2824 to schedule an appointment or for answers to your questions on business development. Chris Thompson is located in the Cole County office.

Be a tradeshow standout

This is a must attend workshop to lean how to make the most of your tradeshow experience. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Lake West Chamber of Commerce, 125 Oddo Drive, Sunrise Beach. An expert panel of successfull tradeshow exhibitors will share the tips and tricks to a highly effective tradeshow experience including:

  • Identifying your purpose for being in the show
  • Developing a pre-show marketing plan
  • Designing an exhibit that sells
  • Instructing booth staff on how to work the crowd effectively
  • Conducting post-show follow-up

This event is collaboratively sponsored by the following:  Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Missouri Extension in Camden County, Lake West Chamber of Commerce, Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and Lake of the Ozarks SCORE.   Workshop is free to members of the co-sponsor organizations or exhibitors at the Lake West or Camdenton Business Expos.  Cost for all others is $20.  To register for the workshop call 573-346-2227.

Be a Tradeshow Standout flyer (PDF)

Disaster planning and recovery

Many communities seem prepared for snow and ice, but not so much for other types of disaster until problems occur. With such dramatic bad weather this season, we've add a short post to to help. The article links to disaster preparedness/recovery articles that are beneficial to clients and small businesses. The URL is

University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program

For additional business development resources from the Missouri Small Business and Technical Development Center and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers visit