Thursday, July 24, 2014

MU Extension and Taney County SBTDC Partners with Ozark Chamber of Commerce and Carl Hefner Enterprise Center to Provide On-site Small Business Counseling

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

OZARK, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Taney County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) have partnered with the Ozark Chamber and the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center to provide free one-on-one counseling to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Ozark.

MU Extension Business Development Specialist Chrystal Irons began offering free business counseling services on Wednesday, July 23 and then the third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center, 1471 W South Street.

Appointments for business counseling should be made by contacting Karen Roberts with the Ozark Chamber of Commerce at (417) 581-6139, or by email at:

The free, one-on-one business counseling services from MU Extension and SBTDC are being offered to local businesses in an effort to support business growth and development.

“I provide service in multiple counties. But this new opportunity will allow me to be more accessible to local Ozark businesses that cannot make the trip to my office in Forsyth during business hours,” said Irons. “Our goal is to attract business clients and increase the frequency of on-site counseling as more businesses are aware of the services provided by MU Extension and the Missouri SBTDC.”

Dori Grinder, executive director of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, has been working with Irons to make this opportunity available.

“We are proud to partner with MU Extension and the SBTDC to bring this type of personal business counseling to the residents and businesses of Ozark. This free service is appropriate for existing businesses, and also those who are looking to start a new business in town. I hope business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will take advantage of this opportunity to learn what it takes to make their business a success.” said Grinder.

The Ozark Chamber of Commerce manages the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center, which is a business incubator. This new endeavor is a business support center that accelerates the successful development of new and growing companies. Working together with the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center is to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth by developing and strengthening entrepreneurial success through the cultivation of local enterprises that generate a positive impact in our community.

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Small Business Development Centers work with small businesses to provide individualized counseling, training workshops and online resource that help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully.  Business development specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues. Guidance addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning is available. They also can provide capitalization information for new and existing businesses. All counseling is confidential; most services are available at no charge (subsidized by our funding partners like the Small Business Administration).

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