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 your own business and how to pave the way to success. This 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, November 29, 2022

Time: 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Location: OzSBI

Price: FREE

Register: Register Here

Deadline to register: Monday, November 28, 2022 at 8 AM


Facilitated by: 

Cheri Combs

Cheri K. Combs is a proven strategic advisor, leader and collaborator with over 30 years of problem-solving experience in numerous industries and all types of business entities at various levels of maturity, assisting individuals to reach their full potential with business and personal endeavors.  She brings ideas to action with responsible fiduciary and governance oversight.

As a Tax Partner with Deloitte and Touche, global professional services firm, Cheri led the St. Louis Tax Practice from 2012 thru 2017, with prior assignments in the Greater Washington, D.C. areas and in Salt Lake City, Utah.   She has received multiple Deloitte awards acknowledging her leadership, encouragement and mentorship of nearly 20 partners/directors through their candidacy as well as countless other successful promotes.   She has been the Lead Client Service Partner and strategic advisor to large multinational public corporations and to numerous other corporate and private clients of Deloitte, including start-up, emerging and high-growth entities, helping them to be successful in many areas of their businesses including taxes.

Autumn Shirley

Autumn Shirley grew up around small businesses; her family owned Ozark Rope Sandals and travelled to shops and shows around the country to sell them. After graduating from MSU-West Plains, she began working for a small yellow pages firm to design and sell ads to businesses in the Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas regions.  In 2001, Autumn was hired as a sales representative at FundRaiser Software. She continued to take classes and attend training for marketing, and became the Sales & Marketing Manager in 2008. Autumn and her husband, Joshua, are now co-owners of FundRaiser Software and continue to expand their business knowledge and skills by seeking out educational opportunities and by volunteering as GrowthWheel Mentors for OzSBI.


Date of Event: 
Nov 29 2022 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm