Friday, May 24, 2013

Small Businesses in Branson to Be Celebrated, Supported with Seminars During Small Business Week, June 17-21

Contact: Chrystal Irons, business development specialist
Tel: (417) 546-4431

BRANSON, Mo. — “Small Business Week” is a national event meant to focus the nation’s attention on the importance of the small business community.

More than half of all Americans work for or own, a small business according to the SBA. As a result, small businesses are responsible for about two in every three new jobs created in the U.S. on an annual basis.

Branson’s “Small Business Week” (June 17 – 21) is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension - Taney County SBTDC, Branson Chamber of Commerce and the Taney County Business Development Partnership. Local efforts that week will support Branson area small businesses through workshops, seminars and networking events that inspire, educate, and connect the business community.

“For the first time, Branson will take part in the national small business celebration. We plan to honor our local small businesses and entrepreneurs for their innovation and contribution to the City of Branson, Taney County and southwest Missouri.” said Chrystal Irons, a University of Missouri Extension business development specialist headquartered in Taney County.


The following workshops held during Branson’s “Small Business Week” at a rate of $15 per session or $30 for all three.

“Sources of Finance for Small Business,” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, June 17, at Chateau on the Lake Resort, 415 N State Highway 265, Branson. The program costs $15 or three sessions for $30. This workshop will address loan programs available to new and existing businesses (DED, SBA and USDA). A panel of local bankers will cover the financing options in detail and help attendees understand what program(s) may work best for them, how the lending process works and the information required.

“Customer Service Superhero,” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at Stone Castle Hotel, 3050 Green Mountain Dr, Branson.  The program costs $15 or three sessions for $30. This three hour workshop will focus on an essential aspect of a good business, customer service. The program will focus on how to handling difficult customers, analyzing each employee’s “superpower,” and what a company can do to make customers the hero. Attendees will also get to hear real life examples of excellent customer service. A local small business owner wrote the curriculum for this program and participants will receive a workbook for future reference.

“Using Social Media to Enhance Your Business,” 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 19, at Arrowhead Building Supply, 181 Hollister Point Drive, Hollister. Participants will learn how to use social media to attract customers, engage customers and increase the bottom line. There will also be a discussion on how to launch a winning social media campaign, how to monitor social outreach and how to calculate a return on investment.


“Listening to Your Business,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, June 20 at Arrowhead Building Supply at 181 Hollister Point Drive, Hollister. This workshop helps existing entrepreneurs grow their business by looking at where the business is today, where it should be in three years, and the steps to get there. This is a hands-on Kauffman seminar retails for $125, but during “Small Business Week” is available at $100 per attendee. The Taney County Business Development Partnership is underwriting a portion of the fee for Taney County residents and businesses, reducing the fee to $25.

The week-long “Small Business Week” celebration in Branson will end with a free “Entrepreneur Mixer” at Copper Run Distillery from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, June 21. Copper Run Distillery is a small business success story in Taney County. Join local business owners for prizes, networking, hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) at Copper Run Distillery, 1901 Day Rd., Walnut Shade, Mo. RSVP for the reception to Shelly Vorhaben at or 417-334-4084, ext. 314.

To register for any of these workshops, or for additional information, visit or contact Shelly Vorhaben at 417-334-4084, ext. 314 or email

Partial funding for these programs comes through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. University of Missouri Extension, Branson Chamber of Commerce and the Taney County Business Development Partnership are co-sponsoring these events.

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