Hands-on Guidance Starting a Business

LaunchU is OzSBI’s premier workshop for hands-on assistance in starting a business. We offer this intensive 8-week business development course for aspiring and early-stage business owners seeking the tools and confidence to start out strong.

Over the course of 8 weeks, the award-winning curriculum will guide participants through the process of setting business goals, crafting and pitching their business concepts, evaluating the feasibility of their plans, and much more. The course will be taught by subject-area experts, including mentors, local business leaders, and guest speakers. Each participant will also be assigned a professional business mentor to help guide them through the process.

Last year I attended OzSBI’s LaunchU program and set myself up to start a business. At OzSBI I learned many concepts and got a better understanding of the language of business. They have been very helpful at every step since graduation. In October I opened Court Square Cafe in Alton Missouri and LaunchU was a necessary step along the way. I strongly recommend it.

Thomas Sallings, Court Square Cafe

Join a group of successful business owners in the area that have participated in and benefited from LaunchU, including Wages Brewery & Taproom, The Health Food Store in Houston, Court Square Cafe in Alton, T&A Squared Wood Products, Ozark Fruit Company, Mary’s Little Lambs, Birch Tree Laundry & More, just to name a few. The networking opportunities alone are worth the investment as participants will meet and bond with aspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life and types of businesses.

The Launch U class I attended last year proved to be highly beneficial in enhancing my knowledge of business marketing. Although I have been pursuing my “side hustle” for over 28 years while working a full time job, this course allowed me to explore certain aspects of the business that I had previously neglected. Additionally, one of the major advantages of this class was the camaraderie that developed among the participants. With each person being at a different stage in their entrepreneurial journey, I not only had the opportunity to assist them in their endeavors, but I also had the chance to learn from their experiences. Overall, taking this class was definitely a wise decision that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Mary Palmer-Scott, Mary’s Little Lambs

LaunchU is offered once a year, and begins on February 10th. LaunchU 2024 is open for registration now. Don’t wait – join dozens of other local entrepreneurs who have discovered that LaunchU is exactly the resource they needed to launch their businesses with confidence!

Scholarship opportunities are available, call now to inquire: 417-256-9724.

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