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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

Dec 5: Fun is Powerful – Transform Your Creative Ideas Into Innovation and Profit
Dec 10: Technical Strategies for Your Non-Profit’s Success
Dec 12: How to Win Buyers and Influence Sales with Value
Dec 19: Quick Wins and Great Tools for Your Business to GainTraction in 2020
Dec 31: 2020’s Hottest Businesses, Markets & Trends
                Note: All webinars are recorded –

December 2nd – Monday (Scribner) REAP: Quickbooks Basic | 5:00-8pm

This workshop will give you the basics of using Quickbooks for your small business: learn to set up your company in Quickbooks, how to work with customers and vendors, and prepare banking transactions and run reports.

Free of charge
Scribner Public Library
530 Main Street
Scribner, NE  68057
Questions/Register: Kelly Abrahams,

December 2nd – Monday (West Point) REAP: Advanced Quickbooks | 5:30-8:30pm

Expand your knowledge of Quickbooks through working with filtering reports, customizing templates, working with loans and fixed assets, and much more!
Free of charge
John A Stahl Public Library
330 N Colfax
West Point, NE  68788
Questions/Register: 402-372-3831 (John Stahl Public Library)

December 4th – Wednesday (O’Neill) REAP: Basic Quickbooks 9-12pm Advanced Quickbooks | 1:00-4:00pm

In the basics morning session, learn how to create customer accounts, enter sales and income, write check and track expenses, generate reports and use other Quickbooks features. In the advanced afternoon session, learn how to filter reports, customize templates, run payroll, track fixed assets and use other Quickbooks features. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Basic and Advanced
Free of charge
Holt County Economic Development
330 E Hancock Street
O’Neill, NE  68763

December 9th – Monday (West Point) REAP: Advanced Excel | 5:30-8:30

Learn quick tips and tricks to make you more efficient in using Excel, charting, linking, formulas, grouping of workshops are all topics that could be covered.
Free of charge
John A Stahl Public Library
330 N Colfax
West Point, NE  68788
Questions/Register: 402-372-3831 (John Stahl Public Library)

December 10th – Tuesday (Omaha) Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: One-one-One Meetings with NAVSEA SBIR/STTR Manager | 15 min increments

Meet NAVSEA Senior Acquisition Analyst Ms. Claudia Lazo and get your questions answered about the SBIR and STTR programs and opportunities.
All levels
Free of charge
UNO Mammel Hall
6708 Pine Street
Omaha, NE  68182
Schedule an appointment: Ru Ng,
Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-4092

December 10th – Tuesday (Nebraska City) REAP: Managing For the Future: Beginning Farms and Land Transitions Workshop | 5:30-7:30pm

Landowners and beginning farmers face a plethora of decisions when it comes to managing their land. This workshop will include professionally led discussions on how beginning farmers and landowners can connect and partner while offering an-hour long breakout session for specific challenges. Beginning farmers will receive guidance and resources on access to land and financing, loan options, risk management and feasibility studies. Current landowners will be presented topics such as estate planning, tax guidance and transfer management.
All levels
Free of charge
Kimmel Education and Research Center
5985 G Rd
Nebraska City, NE  68410

December 11th – Wednesday (Bellevue) Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: Marketing Your Business & Selling to the Gov Made Easy | 8:30-10:30am

This workshop will tell you how to find the opportunities and market your business to the government.
Free of charge
Bellevue University
1102 S Galvin Rd
Bellevue, NE  68005
Questions: Mary Graff, 402-554-6254

December 16th – 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.
Do Space
7205 Dodge St
Omaha, NE
Questions: SCORE – 402-221-3606,
Register:  (reg opens Nov 18th)

December 17th & 18th – Tuesday & Wednesday (Omaha) Nebraska Enterprise Fund: 2-day Quickbooks Training | 8:30am – 4:30pm each day

This 2-day training program is customized to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The content includes business set up such as customers, employees, vendor, writing checks & paying bills, Invoicing & receiving payments, payroll and more. Includes lunch.
$259/person (call to see if you qualify for a discount code)
Monica Sempek Photography
5514 N 103th Street
Omaha, NE  68134
Questions: BC Clark, 402-763-0540

December 19th – Thursday (Omaha) SBA: Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business | 8:30am-11:00am

This overview of selling to state, local and federal governments will help you decide if contracting is a good target market for your small business. This workshop is offered monthly on the third Thursday of the month.
Intermediate (already in business)
Free of charge
SBA Nebraska District Office
10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68134
Registration required:
Questions: Lisa Tedesco:

December 19th – Thursday (webinar) Grow Nebraska: Aware and Prepare | 12:00-1:00pm

Grow Nebraska offers a free training webinar to non-members every Third Thursday. This training will give you knowledge of the 2020 Filing Season preparedness, including selecting a tax preparer, avoiding scams and phishing attempts, and an overview of the Small Business Tax Workshop and resources at
Questions: 308-962-6767

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!