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Small Businesses in Branson Celebrated and Supported with Seminars During Small Business Week, May 12-16

Contact: Chrystal Irons, business development specialist
Headquartered at the Taney County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 546-4431

BRANSON, Mo. — Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners through the “National Small Business Week.”

This year, University of Missouri Extension, Taney County SBTDC and the Taney County Partnership will host two events to celebrate “Small Business Week” in the Branson area.

“The goal is to engage the small business community and help local entrepreneurs start and manage their businesses successfully,” said Chrystal Irons, business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.


“Starting a Small Business: The First Steps,” will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Hawthorn Bank, 4675 N. Gretna Rd, Branson. The program is free to Taney County residents and small business owners thanks to a sponsorship by the Taney County Partnership (TCP).  The cost for non-Taney County residents is $15.

“This program is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture.  Participants will learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements and identify sources of funding,” said Irons.

Successful entrepreneur, Stephanie Barney of Lightspeed Electrical Services, will be on hand to share her experiences overcoming challenges small businesses face.

To register for this event visit Eventbrite at:


“Introduction to QuickBooks Pro,” starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Hawthorn Bank, 4675 N. Gretna Rd, Branson. This workshop offers six-hours of an introductory computer, hands-on learning opportunity for small businesses.  The cost to attend the workshop is $99. The first five Taney County residents and/or businesses to sign-up online will receive a 50 percent discount made possible by the Taney County Partnership (TCP). Laptop computers will be provided and seating is limited.  

“This class will help you boost the accuracy of your small business accounting by learning how to track income and expenses, run payroll and create reports to track profitability and other key business performance measures,” said Irons.

To register for this event visit Eventbrite at:

For additional information contact the Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431.


The MO SBTDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the SBA.  Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.  Reasonable accommodations for person with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


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