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January 13, 2014

MSSU offers workshops, seminars for businesses

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern State University has scheduled a number of workshops and seminars of interest to the business community. The following is a list of sessions for the beginning of the semester.

For more information, people may call the center at 417-625-3128 or email

• Starting a Small Business: The First Steps, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Room 102, Plaster Hall. The workshop will be offered again from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Participants will have an opportunity to assess their business ideas, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements, learn about marketing strategies, and identify sources of financing. Each participant will receive a start-up manual.

Cost: $29 in advance.

• How to Write a Successful Business Plan, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Room 104, Plaster Hall. The workshop will be offered again from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Participants will learn key elements of a business plan, including writing style tips, required content and how to use it as a management tool. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what their business plan should look like and how to get started writing one.

Cost: $39 in advance.

• Understanding Your Financial Statements, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Room 104, Plaster Hall.

This workshop is designed for business owners, managers and those who want to learn how to turn financial statements into useful management tools. Participants will review the accounts listed on the income statement and balance sheet, and learn how to calculate several useful ratios from these financial statements. Participants will learn how to make business decisions from this information.

Cost: $49 in advance

• Introduction to QuickBooks, Part 1, 1:30 to 4 :30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Room 320, Plaster Hall. Part 2 will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

Participants will learn how to use QuickBooks software for business bookkeeping. Emphasis will be placed on properly setting up list items that determine how the information feeds into the company financial statements. Details of the customer and vendor centers will be discussed. The reconciliation procedure for bank accounts and credit card statements will be demonstrated. Reports for tracking accounts receivable, accounts payable, company profitability and company status will be presented.

Cost: $95 in advance, covers both sessions.

• Overview of Microsoft Office, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Room 320, Plaster Hall.

This workshop provides an introduction and overview of Microsoft Office covering Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Participants will learn where to locate the new features and how the new features compare with the previous version of Microsoft Office.

Cost: $55 in advance.

• Microsoft Excel Level 1, Part 1, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, Room 320, Plaster Hall. Part 2 will be offered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

Participants will be given an overview of Excel, and will learn how to build, format, save and print Excel workbooks. Participants will learn how to create basic worksheets with text, numbers, formulas and functions. They will learn how to utilize ribbons, the help system and other Excel features.

Cost: $95 in advance, covers both sessions.

• Real World Marketing in Action, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Room 104, Plaster Hall.

Participants will learn about a series of marketing components that will help the message be heard and understood. Participants will learn how to integrate social media tools into a successful marketing plan, and learn marketing strategies to help analyze the target market and competition.

Cost: $39 in advance.

• Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Room 104, Plaster Hall.

This workshop is designed for those who need to know how to turn financial statements into useful management tools. Participants will take a close look at where cash comes from and where it’s used in day-to-day business, and learn to identify and correct cash flow problems.

Cost: $59 in advance.

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