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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  https://sbtdc.umkc.edu/


Kansas City SCORE Upcoming Workshops


The Kansas City SCORE Chapter provides over 50 Workshops per year.  Workshops are FREE or at a low cost to our attendees.

The most popular is the 5 part “Simple Steps To STARTING Your Business.” 
  1. Start-up Basics
  2. Business Concepts 
  3. Marketing 
  4. Financial Statement Basics
  5. Funding Sources  
Business Concepts/Marketing and Financial Statement Basics/Funding Sources are also offered as six hour Workshops with a lunch break.
Click here for upcoming workshops. Workshops are offered at a variety of convenient times and locations during the week and on Saturday


Food Processing Center offers seminar for food business entrepreneurs

(June 4, 2019) Lincoln, Neb. – The National Food Entrepreneur Program offered through The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Processing Center can help food business entrepreneurs with the development of small food manufacturing businesses.
The program, which started in 1989, consists of two phases. The first phase is the “Recipe to Reality” one-day seminar and informs attendees of issues to be considered when starting a food business.
Following the seminar, participants may choose to enter the “Product to Profit” phase of the program. During this phase entrepreneurs receive individualized and confidential assistance from food scientists and business consultants with the development of their own business venture.

To register for an upcoming seminar or to receive National Food Entrepreneur Program information, contact Gifford at Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, P.O. Box 886206, Lincoln, NE, 68588-6206; call 402-472-2819; e-mail, jgifford1@unl.edu; or visit https://fpc.unl.edu/


Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference

Nov 6th-9th 2019 Arlington TX
(June 11, 2019) Your battlefield may have been in a distant or foreign land. Starting and growing a business may feel just as distant and foreign. But, you can live the American dream of business ownership.The Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference provides collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning and networking opportunities to increase awareness of and facilitate access to entrepreneurial development resources that inspire action and adds economic value through the military connected community.
The conference includes:
  • Mentorship Opportunities
  • Exposure to Big Brands and Business Experts
  • Procurement Fair & Franchise Expo
  • Pitch Competition
Regular registration will be $289.
Go to https://www.bbbc19.com/ for more information


Below is a list of events in the local and regional area we serve.   Please bookmark this page as it is update regularly.   Additionally, visit the links below of other calendars in the area for events that will assist in your networking and education efforts.

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!