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News & Events


Due to the current COVID-19 concerns all in person events have been suspended until further notice. See Local Small Business Resources below.


Book Club

Join our journey of professional development. ⁠

Growth comes through learning and community. Our goal is to develop our unit of business professionals because we believe entrepreneurs will lead the vanguard of rebuilding our economy. ⁠

⁠We will be starting with The Uniqueness Myth by Dale Furtwengler.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of our summer book, The Uniqueness Myth by Dale Furtwengler. ⁠

For more information visit:


Virtual Coffee House

Date/ Time:  Every Monday 8:00 AM CT – 9:00 AM CT

Grab your favorite mug and join the conversation with VBRC President Darcella Craven and some of the Midwest’s top business professionals. These bi-weekly informal chats cover a variety of topics from Servant Leadership, Business Finance and much more.

For more information visit:


Brand Strategy Workshop

Wednesday, August 5th 1:30pm – 3:30pm CST

Join us for a tightly facilitated, high energy strategy session that encourages diverse business owners how to create a brand platform by learning to articulate background, goals, objectives, barriers, strategies, audience, insights, position, promise, support and tone/personality.

Sponsored by the VBRC and presented by Jayne Agency, the session is high paced / high energy and comes complete with a “take it back to the team” workbook along with opportunities to ask questions. Perfect for seasoned small business owners looking to redefine their brands as well as new small business owners wanting to establish a strong brand from the start.

Registration is limited and encouraged ASAP at


July Score Webinars:

Jul 2: How To Protect & Grow the Value of Your Business During a Pandemic

Jul 9: Productize – Steps For Turning Your Service Into A Product

Jul 16: Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely

Jul 21: Prepare to Persevere – The Future of Technology & Business

Jul 30″ Three Tips to Publish Your Website With Confidence


Note: All webinars are recorded –


 St. Louis Business Diversity Connect

Date/ Time: August 27th 2020 8 AM- 2 PM

Join us for a unique, one-day event on that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet with and pitch their business to procurement representatives and supplier diversity managers from government entities and corporations. Minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest are welcome. The event will feature vendors and national corporations invited by nationally recognized certification organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council through the Women’s Business Development Center.

And sign up for Matchmaker meeting on September 1st for the chance to meet with some of the region’s most influential corporations.

Register Today:         


Nebraska Area Events:


July 21st – Tuesday (Conference – in person)

Grow Nebraska: MarkeTech Conference

7:30 – 5:00pm

MarkeTech is more than a conference. It’s cutting edge training, valuable networking, and a technology showcase. Be inspired, be engaged, and work hands on with today’s most innovative tools.

All levels


Younes Conference Center

416 Talmadge Street

Kearney, NE 68845

Questions: 308-962-6767



July 22nd – Wednesday (Webinar)

Grow Nebraska: Google Watch Party – Digital Skills Summer School


Join us for our annual Digital Skills Summer School to learn about how digital tools can help you get organized, increase your productivity and manage time more efficiently.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: 308-962-6767



July 22nd – Wednesday (Webinar)

Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: GSA Schedules


Learn from Stephanie Shutt, Director of the Multiple Award Schedule at GSA about the GSA program and whether it is a good decision for your business. The webinar will also cover the upcoming changes and updates to the MAS consolidation to one schedule vehicle.

Free of charge

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-618-7079



July 23rd – Thursday (Zoom Meeting)

SCORE Social Media: Facebook & Instagram – the Basics and Advertising on These Platforms


Facebook and Instagram (both under the same ownership) comprise the largest segment of social media usage today. Learn the differences, the demographics, how best to utilize them for your business, advertising and creating and monitoring ad campaigns. This is a high-level basic overview of Facebook and Instagram.

All levels


Questions: 402-685-5500



July 23rd – Thursday (Zoom Meeting)

NEF & 75 North Connects: Planning For A Healthy Business


Keeping your business healthy takes planning. This webinar will show you how to do that!


Free of charge

Questions: BC Clark,



July 24th – Friday (Webinar)

NBDC Technology Commercialization: SBIR/STTR 101


Learn SBIR/STTR program basics and if you’re eligible to apply. This event will help attendees identify appropriate agencies and topic areas and discuss the commercialization process, preparing participants for the SBIR Road Tour that stops in Omaha on October 19.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-2521 or



July 25th- Saturday (Online Class)

SCORE: Business Planning Program for Artists – Session 3: Costing, Pricing and Break-Even


Learn about strategies to set product pricing, how costs behave and breakeven analysis. This program includes 5 workshops and 5 one-on-one mentoring sessions.


Free of charge

Questions: SCORE 402,221-3606 or



July 30th – Thursday (Zoom Meeting)

NEF & 75 North: Borrowing Basics


Learn the basics of borrowing money for your small business.


Free of charge

Questions: BC Clark,



July 31st – Friday (Webinar)

Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: Demystifying Government Contracting – Government Contracting Accounting


This month’s workshop will cover DCAA (what it is, compliance, and their role in the federal contracting process), FAR part 31, and how to have a Compliant Account System.

Free of charge

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-618-7079



Funding Opportunities:


Hello Alice – Is offering $10,000 grants through its Business For All grant program. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.


Local Small Business Resources

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

Nebraska Resources


Additional Resources:

WBENC – Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19
There are hundreds of WBENC-Certified WBE’s with COVID-19 related supplies and services. For a limited time, WBENC is sharing a list of these WBEs to the public to help support procurement needs for the greater business community and to fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Missouri Women’s Business Center – Coffee + Conversation at 9:30am CST weekly on Tuesdays



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!