Friday, February 08, 2013

“Creating a Successful Business Plan” Workshop in Lamar Feb. 21; Pre-Registration is Required

A business plan serves as a roadmap and is vital to business success, regardless of an organization’s size or scope.

Learn to create a business plan for your company with the Small Business and Technology Development Center’s “Creating a Successful Business Plan” class from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Barton County Extension office at 801 E 12th Street in Lamar.

Cost for this three-hour session program is $29 and advance registration is required by calling (417) 682-3579.

“During this workshop you’ll learn to create a business plan which can help you define your concept, identify customer target markets, evaluate the competition, determine risks, and analyze your costs,” said Kathy Macomber, business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension and instructor for the course.

Lending institutions consider the business plan a critical part of any loan application. A well-written business plan gives any financial institution a better idea of who you are and your ability to repay the loan.

Managers and employees can use the business plan to stay focused on the company mission and to make better business decisions.

“Your suppliers and partners can use your business plan to better understand your company’s operations and goals,” said Macomber.

For more information or assistance related to a current or future business, contact one of the MU Extension business specialists in the Ozarks: Chrystal Irons at (417) 546-4431, Kathy Macomber at (417) 682-3579 or Willis Mushrush at (417) 256-2391. There are also three Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at (417) 836-5685, Missouri Southern University in Joplin at (417) 625-3128 or Missouri State University in West Plains at West Plains, (417) 256-9724.


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