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Small Business Essentials

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

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Whether you’re starting a new business or expanding a current venture, Small Business Essentials will provide the right tools to get your business going in the right direction. Learn how to start your business, and how to market, promote and finance it.

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Small Business Essentials, general

Starting and Managing a Small Business

Are you thinking about starting and managing a small business in Missouri? Designed for individuals who are considering starting a business, have made the decision to start one or who have been in business for less than two years, this program will discuss the basics of business ownership, planning for success, organizational forms of business, legal and regulatory environment, recordkeeping and information management, marketing, financing and resources. Program is offered in partnership with the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
BUSS-701 | 2 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F05 Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Lynette Watson
Sept. 12-19 | Online

Business Start-Up Skills for Artisans and Crafters

Are you ready to take your craft or hobby business to the next level? Looking to turn your side hustle into a money-making business? You have been developing your talent and finding a demand for your handmade craft or artistic products, but how do you navigate the independent marketplace? Get ready for the upcoming season and learn tips from an award winning, 40 -year veteran in the arts and former Executive Director of Best of Missouri Hands as she discusses effective marketing techniques, outlets to sell online and in-person, how to balance creativity with administrative tasks and more. Bring a notebook and pen to class.
BUSS-701 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F08 Th 6-9 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
Sept. 17 | Online
F09 Th 6-9 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
Oct. 8 | Online

Small Business Tax Seminar

Join a small business tax professional and CPA to learn the tax-related essentials of starting a business: business use of the home, recordkeeping, independent contractor versus employee, hobby versus business, federal income tax and employment tax requirements. This program is designed for sole proprietors, but much of the information relates to all forms of business ownership. The instructor welcomes a two-way discussion and questions about your specific situation.
BUSS-741 | 1 session | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
F15 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | T. Spector
Oct. 17 | Online

Recordkeeping for the Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, it is important for you to have good recordkeeping procedures and accurately follow tax guidelines. Taught by small business tax professional and CPA, class topics include internal and external financial records, different forms of business ownership (and their specific recordkeeping requirements), setting up your own books, management reporting, travel and entertainment expenses, home office expenses, and methods for tracking and deducting vehicle expenses. The instructor welcomes a two-way discussion and questions about your specific situation.
BUSS-741 | 2 sessions | $79 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
F16 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | T. Spector
Oct. 24-31 | Online

Payroll for Small Business

Payroll is an integral activity of an organizations operations. In this course, explore introductory payroll laws and terminology, flow of a payroll systems and wage/salary computations for small and medium size businesses.
BUSS-741 | 2 sessions | $44 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F07 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stacy Moore
Nov. 7-14 | Online

Accounting

Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning I

Designed for individuals and entrepreneurs who desire to learn and master basic accounting, this rigorous, fast-paced boot camp provides an introduction to accounting business terminology, accounting principles, the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements. This course includes a variety of hands-on case studies for practical application and is taught by a tenured accounting professor. Bring pencils, calculator and notebook paper. All other class materials provided.
BUSS-741 | 2 sessions | $44 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F09 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stacy Moore
Sept. 12-19 | Online

Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning II

This boot camp builds upon an introduction to accounting business terminology and accounting principles with discussion of the accounting cycle and preparation of financial statements. This rigorous, fast paced boot camp is designed for individuals and entrepreneurs who desire to learn and master basic accounting. Course will include lots of hands-on case studies for practical application. Taught by a tenured accounting professor. Prerequisite: Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning I. Bring pencils, calculator and notebook paper. All other class materials provided.
BUSS-741 | 2 sessions | $44 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F10 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stacy Moore
Sept. 26-Oct. 3 | Online

Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning III

This rigorous, fast-paced, hands-on extension of Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning II is designed for individuals and entrepreneurs who desire to advance their accounting knowledge. Course introduces subsidiary ledgers, special journals and internal controls. Prerequisite: Accounting Boot Camp: Beginning II. Bring pencils, calculator and notebook paper.
BUSS-741 | 2 sessions | $44 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F11 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stacy Moore
Oct. 10-17 | Online

Inventors’ Series: So You Want to be an Inventor!

Gain insights from experienced inventors, discover secrets of invention procedures and explore valuable business-building techniques. Presented by Invent-ED Network Connection, this series will help you put your best foot forward as you step into the world of entrepreneurship. Register for each class.

Saturday, Aug. 29
BUSS:765 | each session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F01 9-10 a.m. | Ask An Inventor: An Introduction to the Inventing Process
F02 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Inventions
F03 12-1 p.m. | How to Research Patents to Protect Your Ideas
F04 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Crowdfunding: What's the Difference Between Platforms?

Saturday, Sept. 12
BUSS:765 | each session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F05 9-10 a.m. | Re-inventing Yourself to Generate Income
F06 10:15-11:15 a.m. | How to Manufacture Your First Product
F07 12-1 p.m. | Using Cut and Sew Factories for Manufacturing
F08 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Entrepreneur Resources

Ask An Inventor: An Introduction to the Inventing Process

Gain valuable lessons and tips to avoid common mistakes when becoming an inventor. Ask a twice-patented inventor many of your questions about inventing. Listen as she shares her experience about the steps taken and challenges faced in developing her idea into a prototype, creating a finished product and desktop app, identifying a manufacturer, selecting a patent attorney, bringing her product to market and more!

Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Inventions

Learn the different types of Intellectual Property (IP) available (i.e. patents, trademarks and copyrights) to provide protection for inventions and other original work. Explore the length and type of protections granted under each filing and how to avoid infringing on existing IPs or losing patent protection.

How to Research Patents to Protect Your Ideas

Attempting to read and understand a patent can be daunting. However, it is important for inventors to conduct basic patent research to determine if their idea already exists (under another name or category) and is, in fact, patentable. This class helps inventors better read and understand the contents and key parts of a patent and gain knowledge about the requirements for and meaning of terms like dependent/independent claims, prior art, patent infringement and more. Learn how to improve research inquiries on free websites and extract valuable information from various patents that will aid in devising new patents.

Crowdfunding: What's the Difference Between Platforms?

Thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign to launch a product but don't know what platform to use? Many factors should be considered before launching a campaign to fund your idea, invention, business, cause or organization. Learn the general differences and requirements, pros and cons, and benefits versus risks associated with the most popular crowdfunding websites. Explore samples of the most successful and failed campaigns launched right here in St. Louis.

Re-inventing Yourself to Generate Income

Are you out of work? Do you have a great product, service or creative work that you’d like to sell but don’t know where to start? Re-invent yourself and identify ways to generate a new source of income through self-employment. Learn how to start a home-based business and become an entrepreneur.

How to Manufacture Your First Product

Learn the dos and don'ts of manufacturing and how to select the best manufacturer for your product based on your product type. This session explores the product manufacturing process in the U.S., China, Mexico, India and more. Learn the different requirements for obtaining a product sample and placing initial orders; inherent risks, inconveniences, and timelines associated with average production runs; expenses involved in manufacturing in the U.S. versus abroad and more. Also, gain valuable tips to avoid costly manufacturing mistakes during production and insights on local and international companies that provide U.S. clients with product sourcing and translation services along with facilitation of off-shore manufacturing in China, Mexico, Taiwan and other countries for free or at a low cost.

Using Cut and Sew Factories for Manufacturing

Need help developing, constructing, and/or launching a product or clothing collection but don't know where to start? Learn how cut and sew factories can help you through the entire process from design, to sales, to distribution! Gain an understanding of how these factories can convert designs and sketches into finished products, providing services such as design development, pattern creation and digitization, assembly and manufacturing that can help launch products within a shorter period of time than most manufacturers.

Entrepreneur Resources

Did you know that St. Louis ranks as one of the top three cities in America with the best entrepreneurial community? A number of local entities have devised programs, services, and/or raised money to extend to start-up entrepreneurs and inventors, but many are underutilized. Learn how to take advantage of free training, resources, funding and mentoring opportunities available to get your product or idea off the ground.


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