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 Jackie Rasmussen at or by phone at 573-346-2644 to schedule an appointment or for answers to your questions on business development.

The 15th Annual Lake Area Business Conference

The Lake Area Business Conference will be held Mar. 18, 2015 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.  Along with four informative breakout sessions, we are excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2015 Lake Area Business Conference will be Gary Pinkel, Head Football Coach University of Missouri.

Register for the 2015 Lake Area Business Conference online by going to or download the registration form.  You can also call Jackie Rasmussen at 573-346-2644.  Additional information about the conference can be found

Conference breakout sessions:
     A.  Surviving Over Time - How to Stay Competitive
     B.  How to Creat a Customer & Employee Friendly Business Culture
     C.  Incorporating Online Videos into your Marketing Mix
     D.  Being "Mindful" - Steps to Managing Stress

Conference fee is $45 per person (for individuals who are members of any of the Chambers, CVB, TCLA, Lake of the Ozarks SCORE, Heart of the Ozarks PBW or Young Professionals at the Lake) or $60 per person for the non-member rate.

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