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.  

Rasmussen wins NASBITE Presidents Award for Outstanding Service

Jackie Rasmussen, international trade specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program in Camdenton, has been awarded the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NABITE) Presidents Award for Outstanding Service.  It's been the first such award ever conferred.

"This is a huge honor for Jackie and the entire BDP program," said Steve Devlin, BDP director.  "That NASBITE chose to bestow this award on Jackie is not a surprise, frankly, because I know how talented and how hard working she is.  We're blessed to have an international trade specialist of her caliber in Camdenton."

NASBITE is an international small business trade education group.  Its mission is to advance global business practice, education and training through coordination and administration of the certified global business professional (CGBP) credential, exchange information and resources among global business education and assistance professionals and offer professional development for those engaged in global business education and assistance.

Two years ago, the NABITE of governors determined it was necessary to update the CGBP exam, and recruited a small group of volunteers, led by Rasmussen, to manage the rigorous process.  This involved developing new questions to create an all-new exam, recruiting and training about 40 highly specialized writers; then recruiting a separate group of up to 15 reviewers to review the new questions.  This was followed by intensive two-day workshops in Chicago, New York and San Antonio to review the questions and assemble the new exam.

Rasmussen previously attained CGBDP certification and also serves as CGBP exam chair and council chair.

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

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