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.

Introduction to QuickBooks training opportunity

Attention area businesses and organizations!  A training class on the popular QuickBooks Pro accounting software will be offered by UM Extension on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Seven Springs Winery in Linn Creek, MO.  Classes will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The introductory level class is targeted at business/organizational representatives with some or little experience with QuickBooks.  The class will focus on setting up a company or companies in QuickBooks, establishing a Chart of Accounts, navigating through QuickBooks, setting company preferences, entering transactions, paying bills, writing checks, user guidelines and shortcuts.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  The fee to attend the class is $109 per person, which includes lunch at Seven Springs.  To register for the class, or for further information, contact the UM Extension in Camden County Center, 573-346-2644 or register on-line at

Introduction to QuickBooks 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