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.

Advanced 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, September 14, 2016 at Mid-County Fire Department, 184 North Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO.  Class will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This advanced-level class is targeted at existing QuickBooks users who would like to enhance their skills and increase their understanding of the capacity of this software.  The class will focus on many of the customizing features available in QuickBooks -  customizing sales receipts, invoices and fields; memorizing transactions; exporting data to excel; reconciling accounts and the tracking features of QuickBooks.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  The fee to attend the class is $99 per person.  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

Advanced 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