The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) recently held the kickoff session of LaunchU, a microenterprise development program designed to help entrepreneurs test the feasibility of their business ideas and develop a plan to launch new ventures. Fifteen entrepreneurs spent the day at OzSBI meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs, defining their business concept, and learning resources available to test their idea. The 9 week LaunchU series is being sponsored by West Plains Bank & Trust, FundRaiser Software, and Chrys Fisher, Attorney at Law.
What makes this program unique is that both existing and new entrepreneurs are taking it, including four students from the West Plains High School JAG program. Local businesses and civic clubs stepped to make it possible for these students to attend including West Plains Lion Club, West Plains Noon Rotary, Great Scrubs and More and Downtown Antiques.
The series started on February 4th and goes to March 30th. The participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea at OzSBI’s Small Business Week Event EPIC 17 on May 2nd.