Smart Start: Developing a Successful Business

Do you dream of starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin?   How do you validate your startup idea before you quit you day job?  What chance does your idea have of being profitable?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a company.  Learn the first steps to starting a business your own business and how to pave the way to success.  

This 2 hour workshop will outline the first steps you need to take, how to create a business plan, and how to get a handle of the finances from the start.  


Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Price: FREE

Location: OzSBI's Large Meeting Room

Register: Click Here to register online You may also email or call 417-256-9724


Faciliated by:

Heather Fisher

Heather Fisher has been with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator 4 ½ years; first serving as its Program Coordinator and as of 2014 its Executive Director.   As a certified Business Advisor with GrowthWheel, Heather has spent thousands of hours mentoring small businesses.  Heather has a Master’s degree in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis and has spent her career working to further community development, both as the Economic Developer of Thayer/Oregon County, owner of a grant writing business, and as a mentor to small businesses.

Ila Sloan

As the Financial Administrator, Ila Sloan manages OzSBI’s microloan programs, the finances of the incubator, mentors clients and teaches workshops.  She recently moved to West Plains with her husband Mark from San Antonio TX and brings with her over 25 years of banking experience.  Ila most recently worked for the Bank of San Antonio as their Credit Manager where she managed the credit analyst department responsible for reviewing, monitoring and underwriting new and existing commercial loans.  Ila graduated from Baker University in 2005 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management.



Date of Event: 
Jul 18 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm