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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

Jan 23: How to Take Your Business Global in the Digital Age

Jan 28: 7 Smart Credit Card Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Jan 30: Trademarks & Copyrights – Is Your Brand Protected?

                Note: All webinars are recorded –


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

January 24th – Friday (Omaha): Pricing Your Goods and Services | 10:30-12pm

This workshop gives you the info you need to know to effectively price your goods and services. Free parking.


Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200


January 31st – Friday (Omaha): Protecting Your Business | 10:30-12pm

You’re starting your small business, so you want to make sure it’s protected! You’ll learn from a layer, insurance agent, and accountant about what you need to know to make sure you’re covered. Free parking.


Free of charge

UNO College of Business Administration

Mammel Hall, Room 216

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68106

Questions: 402-221-7200



January 24th – Friday (Omaha): NBDC PTAC: Demystifying Government Contracting | 9:00-11am 

Demystifying Government Contracting is a monthly series that focuses on helping businesses sell to the government with a new topic every month. January’s topic will be a repeat session of the workshop on November 22nd, 2019. The workshop will cover new laws and regulations, as well as the changes to SAM and DUNS registrations. Co-presented with the Small Business Administration (SBA), this month will focus on the new updates and system changes in the government contracting sector, including the SBA’s new Runway Extension Act finalized on January 6, 2020. 

All levels

Free of charge

UNO Mammell Hall Room 215

6708 Pine Street

Omaha, NE  68182

Questions: 402-554-6270


January 27th – Monday (Omaha): Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Is Owning A Business A Good Fit For You? |4:30-6pm 

Starting a business can be an exhilarating and rewarding endeavor, but it is not for everyone. This interactive class will helps demystify what it means to be a business owner. It helps participants identify some strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, participants will gain a robust and nuanced understanding of their business readiness. This workshop will clarify some of the myths and realities of small business ownership, help you start a self-assessment to determine your readiness to start a small business, and set a plan of action to seek feedback from stakeholders like family, friends and potential customers.


Free of charge

Core Bank

17807 Burke Street

Omaha, NE  68118

Questions: 402-685-5500


January 27th – 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,

(reg opens Dec 30th)

January 30th – Thursday (Omaha): SCORE: Is Franchising A Good Fit For you? | 11-12:30pm 

Do you want to open a new, or additional, small business franchise, but don’t know where to get started?  Come learn from successful local franchise owners who have already taken the plunge. This interactive workshop will cover the ins and outs of franchising, from experienced local franchise owners, how to decide if franchising, and what kind of franchise, is a good fit for you; why semi-absentee ownership opportunities have flourished in franchising; the broad spectrum of businesses available in franchising; and, options for Funding a franchise business. Panelists will include Nikole Wulff of Assisted Living Locators, Blake Martin of FranNet of The Heartland, and Jim Slisik of Fitness Machine Technicians.

All levels

Free of charge

Core Bank

17807 Burke Street

Omaha, NE  68118

Questions: 402-221-7200


January 30th – Thursday (Omaha): SCORE: How To Hire Your First Employee | 11:30-1pm 

This workshop will discuss what you need to know in order to hire your first employees.

All levels


SCORE / US Small Business Administration Office

10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100

Omaha, NE  68134

Questions: 402-221-3606


January 31st & February 7th – Friday (Aurora): REAP: Activate Your Marketing Plan (2-Day course) | 11:30-1pm

Part One of this workshop will focus on outlining your company goals, defining your target market, and understanding advertising strategies for your business. Part Two will focus on social media strategy for Facebook and Instagram.


$20 for both classes, payable to Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Bremer Community Center

Wortman Room

1604 L St

Aurora, NE  68818

Questions/Register: Justise Rhoden 402-691-6911 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!