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Elevation Lab at UMKC

Are you dreaming of a new business idea or ready to position your existing business for growth? ELEVATIONLAB launched in the fall of 2017 to help businesses at all stages with classes and workshops designed for entrepreneurial success.  Click here for more information

St. Louis, Missouri:


SLUstart I-Corp Next Cohort

SLUStart I-Corps is a program managed by the Research Innovation Group in Saint Louis University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. It is designed to help University researchers as well as community inventors and innovators extend their focus beyond academia and the laboratory.

Steve Epner and Ken Herold are eager to facilitate your entrepreneurial journey as you take an idea and turn it into a business.

If you have not previously filled out the application, your first step will be to sign up for the SLUStart I-Corps program through the following link: Submit your SLUStart application

For information regarding the SLUStart and I-Corps programs, please refer to the following link: SLUStart I-Corps program
Our first session for the next Cohort will take place on Saturday, November 9th at the Collab Space at 4220 Duncan from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  The second session will be held on Saturday, November 23rd (same time and location).  In between these sessions, your team will execute a minimum of 5 customer discovery sessions.

If you are not able to attend the first session on November 9th, please contact us. 

Collab Space at Cortex

Upon signing up for the program, we will send out a meeting request to block out your calendars. If you would like to include others from your team in the email notifications, please forward their email addresses.

Many of you have reached out inquiring if you need to prepare or bring anything. Please note, these are work sessions therefore, all you need are your ideas and participation.  You will be working as teams and groups on your idea.  We will provide a series of index cards to help you through the process.  You will not need a laptop. 

Please feel free to reach out to Ken if you have questions, or concerns regarding SLUStart or want to discuss your idea or the program.

Ken Herold
SLUStart + ICorps Cohort Lead,
Adjunct Faculty Chaifetz School of Business MBA program
Mentor, Entrepreneur In Residence

Steve and Ken have lead innovation efforts in Corporations, Incubators, Accelerators, taught classes in the MBA program at SLU, and have been involved in a variety of startups; we understand the anticipation and effort it takes to launch a new venture.

To gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurial growth in organizations and new ventures, they recommend reading or listening to “the Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.


Meet the Lenders Matchmaking Event!

Get Funding to Start or Grow Your Business

Are you looking for financing options for your small business but are not quite sure where to start or find out which institution lends for your type of business? Is the thought of trying to meet with multiple lenders to find that perfect fit for your start-up overwhelming? Save yourself some time and get a head start at the lender matchmaking event!

Representatives from several banks, certified development companies, and alternative lending sources will be on hand to meet with existing and start-up business owners to discuss funding for:

Business Start-ups • Business Expansions • Working Capital • Refinance • Business Modernization • Commercial Real Estate

Pitch your financing needs to multiple lenders in scheduled, one-on-one 10 minute sessions.

Participating lending institutions (lenders may be different at each location):

  • USDA Rural Development
  • Bank of Hays
  • Sunflower Bank
  • Pioneer Country Development
  • Commerce Bank
  • Peoples State Bank
  • Peoples Bank & Trust
  • Emprise Bank
  • Great Plains Development
  • First National Bank of Syracuse
  • Frontier Financial Partners
  • Grant County Bank
  • Landmark National Bank
  • Garden City State Bank


WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: FHSU, Robbins Center Eagle Communications Hall, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS
COST: $20.00 that includes a boxed lunch


WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am
WHERE: Finney County Community Service Building, 607 W Santa Fe, Garden City, KS
COST: No charge


Weekly SCORE Live Webinars – Free

Feb 6: Creating A Sales Funnel To Increase Revenue
Feb 11: Ask the CPA 2020 – Tax Advice for Small Businesses
Feb 13: 7 Steps to Starting a Business on a Shoestring Budget
Feb 20: Developing Your Overall Marketing Strategy
Feb 27: Florida Sales and Use Tax – Helping You Succeed

Register: | Note: All webinars are recorded – 


FEATURED SERIES – New Year, New Business Workshop series with SBA, NBDC, SCORE & NEF

February 7th – Friday (Omaha) | Facebook Basics for Business | 9:00-10:30am

Learn the basics of using Facebook to help your business grow from a marketing expert! Free parking.

Basic; Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200


February 14th – Friday (Omaha) | Develop A Business Marketing Strategy | 10:30-12pm

This workshop will help you learn how to effectively market your small business.  Free parking.

Basic; Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200


February 21st – Friday (Omaha) | Social Media Marketing Panel | 10:30-12pm

This is your chance to get your questions answered by a panel of experts in social media marketing!  Free parking.

Basic; Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200


 February 28th – Friday (Omaha) | Introduction to Federal Contracting | 10:30-12pm

This workshop will give you the basics on if your small business is ready for government contracting, and if so, how to get started.  Free parking.

Basic;Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200



February 3rd – Monday (Scribner) | REAP: Activate Your Marketing Plan | 4:30-7:30pm

If you struggle with how to market your business or finding the time to dedicate to marketing, join us to learn some strategies that will set you up for success. You’ll depart from this class with some fresh ideas and a roadmap to activate your marketing plan. Katie Gutzmann of Freyday Freelance will instruct the course. Class size is limited.

Basic; Free of charge

Furstenau Community Center

530 Main Street

Scribner, NE  68057

Questions/Register: Kathy Lodl 402-664-3101 or

February 4th – Tuesday (Columbus) | SCORE/Central Community College: 12 Steps for a Successful Business | 12-1:00pm | In English and Spanish

Learn about the 12 steps necessary to have a successful business. Includes lunch! Pre-registration is required.

Basic; Free of charge

Opportunity Central (BigIron Professional Building)

4860 33rd Ave

Columbus, NE 68601

Questions/Register: Doris Lux, 402-562-1242 or or en espanol: Veronica Reyes Spindola, 402-942-1113

February 11th – Tuesday (Webinar) | NBDC PTAC Government Contracting Webinar Series: DIBBS Overview | 1-3:00pm

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) automates 85% of DLA’s business opportunities. Being knowledgeable with this system will not only allow your company to access more business opportunities, but it will make it easier to submit quotes, view and download drawings, and compete for long term contract opportunities. Join this webinar to learn about how to navigate this system as part of your business development efforts.

Advanced; Free of charge

Questions: 402-554-6270 or


February 20th – Thursday (Omaha) | SBA: Winning Federal Contracts For Your Small Business | 9-11:00am

This workshop will give you four steps to entering the federal marketplace: how to self-certify as a small business (understanding NAICS codes); how to find out if the government buys what you sell (understanding set-asides), if it is right for your business (registrations and certifications) and how to market your business to the government.

Intermediate; Free of charge

US Small Business Administration

10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100

Omaha, NE  68134


February 20th – Thursday (Omaha) | SCORE: LinkedIn For Business | 9:30-11:30am

LinkedIn is the number one Business to Business (B2B) digital marketing platform. With most everyone in the United States workforce on this digital social media, learn how you can build more business by utilizing all the opportunities inside it. If your business prospects are other businesses, you should be using LinkedIn.

Basic; Free of charge

Do Space

7205 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE  68114

Questions: 402-221-3606


February 24th – Monday (Omaha) | Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Planning For A Healthy Business | 4:30-6pm

Starting a business can be an exhilarating and rewarding endeavor, but it is not for everyone. Completing this class is an important step toward a healthy business. You’ll the types of plans you need, how to write a comprehensive business plan, finding ways to engage your stakeholders and more!

Basic; Free of charge

Core Bank 

17807 Burke Street

Omaha, NE  68118

Questions: 402-685-5500


February 24th – Monday (Omaha) | SCORE: Intro to Quickbooks | 6:30-8:30pm

Join an instructor from SCORE Omaha for an evening workshop on QuickBooks, a popular accounting software for small businesses. The workshop will focus on the most basic functions of QuickBooks, including how to create invoices, pay bills and manage your checkbook with QuickBooks software. Attendees do not need to bring QuickBooks software or their laptops.

Basic; Free

Do Space

7205 Dodge St

Omaha, NE

Questions: SCORE – 402-221-3606, 

Register: (reg opens Jan 27th)

February 28th – Friday (Omaha) | NBDC PTAC Demystifying Government Contracting Series: Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) Training | 9-11:00am

This is a monthly workshop series that focuses on helping businesses sell to the government with a new topic every month. February’s topic will focus on navigating the Federal procurement Data System. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to utilize FPDS as a market research tool. This workshop will take place in a computer lab. Note: Please park in Lot 5 by Mammel Hall.

Advanced; Free of charge

UNO Nebraska Business Development Center

Mammell Hall, Room 216

Omaha, NE  68182

Questions: 402-554-6270 or


U.S. Small Business Administration 

Below are links to other events in the local and regional area we serve. 


St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

 Nebraska Events




2018 Small Business Champions Congratulations

Iowa Small Business – Hooah! Veterans Smallbiz Champ Mike Olson Army

St. Louis Small Business – Hooah! Entrepreneur of the Year Tim Smith Army

Upcoming VBRC Events

Boots 2 Business Reboot:    Register here Choose your state and choose your desired location. Start times are 0800 unless otherwise indicated. Other areas of the country are listed as well.

Webinars – Click here to view our list of upcoming webinars that can help propel your small business to success.

Confidential Legal Services!


CEO Roundtable Application

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans that gather monthly to discuss business issues.  Click here to apply for membership.

Next Steps…

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there.   Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B.   Your unit has not left you!