Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Course description:
This introductory 3-hour course will provide you with an overview of the first steps associated with starting a business. It is designed specifically for those who are thinking about starting a business. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses, learn about the importance of planning, discuss the legal and regulatory requirements, and identify sources for financing. The last half hour of this class will be dedicated to questions and answers and general discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the resources that will assist you with starting a business in Missouri
  • Identify areas in which participants need additional business assistance or training

Length: Three hours, 6 - 9 pm all dates.

Course material:  A participant’s journal and other handouts will be provided.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction
  • The basics of business ownership and planning
  • Forms of business ownership and legal issues
  • Marketing basics
  • Financing basics
  • Resources
  • Questions and answers

Instructional format: Lecture and discussion

Upcoming dates:

  • January 15, 2015
  • March 12, 2015
  • April 9, 2015
  • May 14, 2015
  • June 18, 2015
  • July 9, 2015
  • August 13, 2015
  • September 17, 2015
  • October 15, 2015
  • November 12, 2015

Cost: $35. Sign up for this class and The Basics of Writing A Business Plan and your cost is $60. Payment due at the first program to receive the discount. Registration preferred, but not required.

Register by calling the Cole County Extension Center or email