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 class

This introductory level class will focus on setting up a company or companies in QuickBooks, establishing a Chart of Accounts, payroll and payroll liability procedures and all customer, vendor and employee features of the software. The class will be held on on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, 186 North Adams, Lebanon, MO  65536.  Cost is $99.  Pre-registration and payment is required. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  To register, call the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce at 417-588-3256 or by email at or register online at

Introduction to QuickBooks flyer (PDF)

Advanced QuickBooks class

The class targets businesses that have experience using QuickBooks.  Learn how to get useable information out of your QuickBooks data.  This advanced class will focus on customizing sales receipts and invoices, adding custom fields, customizing and memorizing reports, memorizing transactions, exporting to Excel, tracking quantities, reconciling accounts and more.  The class will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 US Highway 54, Camdenton. Cost is $99.  Preregistration and prepayment is required.  Registration deadline is Monday, June 5, 2017.  To register, call the MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or by email at or register online at

Advanced QuickBooks flyer (PDF)

Disaster planning and recovery

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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