The six-week course, called Operation JumpStart (OJS), is a nationally-recognized, highly- successful training model designed for individuals who are considering starting or expanding a small business. The OJS program helps participants build essential business planning and preparation skills like product pricing, legal structure, competition, marketing, and cash flow management with the goal of developing a feasibility plan to start or expand a business. In addition, Operation JumpStart graduates will learn about access to start-up capital in the form of competitive grants and microloans and will benefit from one-on-one business consulting with professional business development consultants from the CIE.
Operation JumpStart will start July 10 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Greater Area Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce located at 1111 West Pine.
Steve Halter, Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce president and OJS facilitator, said “I am excited that the CIE is bringing back the Operation Jump Start program to Poplar Bluff. The program is very beneficial to people who have a business idea and need to gain the knowledge and receive the tools necessary to make their dream a reality. I know of many business owners in Poplar Bluff who got their start because of the OJS program.”
OJS has been instrumental in assisting more than 680 individuals who have started or expanded more than 250 small businesses in southeast Missouri and elsewhere.
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business consulting, incubation and development services. The center supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.
Additional Operation JumpStart programs will be offered at other locations throughout southeast Missouri in the next few months. Classes are forming now, so call or go online to register early. The first three participants to register and attend in each location will receive a free technology device at graduation. Operation JumpStart training is open to the public. If you can attend all sessions and are ready to “JumpStart” your business, contact the CIE by June 29. An application is required and seating is limited.
Visit www.semo.edu/cie/training to register. The OJS course in Poplar Bluff, to be offered at no charge to the participants, is made possible in part through funding from the USDA Rural Development and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.