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Cash Flow Management: 99 problems, but cash ain’t one

Turn financial statements into useful management tools, and take a close look at where cash comes from in a small business. This will help business owners see the day-to-day operations more clearly and to identify and correct cash flow problems. At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify key information on cash flow statements and follow the path of cash as it travels through the company. Examine actual case studies to identify successful cash flow strategies and find the most common “gobblers” of cash in any business.

Dates: March 13, June 5, September 18
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $199 (discount available for also taking Reading and Understanding Financial Statements)
Scholarships: May be available. Apply for scholarship here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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FastTrac® TECHVenture™

When you’re on the cusp of developing a cutting-edge technology or science-based business and want to be part of Kansas City’s fast-growing, you need help with the details I in this course.

Designed specifically by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® TechVenture™ program is an intensive eight-session course designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into the next viable innovation. Experienced business coaches and successful entrepreneurs work together to facilitate critical teachings, guide lively small group sessions and share practical experiences to enhance your business. Participants learn with and from their peers, creating a powerful network that continues well after the program is complete.

Topics Include:

  • Identifying funding & investors
  • Pre- & post-money valuation
  • Pitching to investors
  • Financial projections & management
  • Due diligence
  • Deal sheets
  • Legal structures
  • Business feasibility & demand

Dates: February 21 – April 18 (attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged)
Times: Wednesdays3:00 -6:00 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $795
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program 

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea, but don’t know where to start?

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program combines classroom and online course work to teach eight essentials of an entrepreneurial mindset using the business canvas process to inspire and engage participants. Hearing from unlikely, yet successful entrepreneurs, participants will learn to evaluate business opportunities from a practical method inspired by the life story of Clifton Taulbert.

This course is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills. With market testing, participants will use a canvas tool to test assumptions outside of traditional business planning.

Dates: Fall 2018
Fee: $545
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Pitching to Investors

Do you need funding for your business, but don’t know where to start with your pitch to a potential investor?

Learn the best strategies to convince investors that you are worth their money, and avoid the common pitfalls made by many businesses.

In the Pitching to Investors class, learn:

  • Investor pet peeves
  • Selling your product
  • Market characteristics
  • Competitive analyses
  • Do’s and don’ts of financial slides
  • The “ask” and the “leave”

This workshop is presented by Michele Weigand, managing partner of Focused Perspective with more than 27 years of finance and business development experience. She was the former chief investment officer for KTEC and managed investments for GE Mortgage and GE Reinsurance.

Dates: February 22, May 24, August 14
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $35
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Reading and Understanding Financial Statements: It’s all about the Benjamins!

Learn how to identify key business information that is captured on an income statement and balance sheet in this basic financial class. Participants will learn to calculate several ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity and success. Leave this session with a greater understanding of how to read and interpret financial documents and how to use that information to drive business decisions.

 

Dates: March 6, May 29, September 11
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $199 (discount available for also taking Cash Flow Management)
Scholarships: May be available. Apply here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Funded by the Missouri University of Science and Technology under a National Science Foundation grant.  No cost for qualified participants to attend.

Do you have an innovative, significant technology with commercial potential?  Are you interested in or planning to apply for one of the lucrative SBIR or STTR research grants offered by the Federal Government?  Then the SBIR Bootcamp may be right for you.

Open to qualified participants within the Kansas City Metro area, the 2-day Bootcamp will be taught by Julie Assel, one of the area’s top grant-writers, together with our UMKC SBTDC technology development and commercialization experts Sally Williams and Jill Meyer.  They will lead you through the process of developing an SBIR or STTR grant proposal.  You will receive group and one-on-one coaching as you work through each section of the grant application.  By the end of the bootcamp you will have developed an outline for your grant proposal.

Topics covered include:

  • The proposal writing process
  • Identifying the problem
  • Identifying and evaluating your proposed solution versus current or past solutions
  • Developing technical objectives and experimental design and methods
  • Quantifying and qualifying the significance and innovativeness of your proposed solution
  • Identifying your team, partners, and supporters, including biosketches
  • Developing the project plan and timeline
  • Addressing commercial viability
  • Identifying potential Phase II research
  • Developing the budget
  • Addressing gap areas within the proposal and team
  • Required attachments and submission processes

To qualify for participation, applicant must:

  • Apply through the UMKC SBTDC website: Application
  • Have working familiarity with the SBIR or STTR program, or have taken the UMKC SBTDC workshop “Winning Federal Research Grants: SBIR/STTR Workshop”.
  • Provide a written description of their technology idea; idea must be innovative and significant with commercial potential as evaluated by the UMKC SBTDC Bootcamp coordinator.
  • Provide name, address, and contact information for a qualified researcher who has agreed to serve as principal investigator.

Social Media Road Map for Small Business

This fast-paced, three-hour training course will help you develop an actionable social media plan that protects your business and shows you how to track your return on investment.

Course includes:

  • Three-month social media strategy
  • Weekly social media marketing routine
  • Social media etiquette and guidelines for businesses
  • How to audit your company’s social networks
  • What, when and how often to post on the top social networks for business
  • How to stay in front of customers on Facebook without boosting posts
  • How to use social media to capitalize on trade shows and sponsored events
  • What to do when someone makes ugly comments or gives you a bad review
  • Which analytics matter: how to track the real return on investment
  • Minimum time / financial investment required to manage social media

Dates: February 27

Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center

4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Fee: $199

Scholarships: Available for residents or business owners in Kansas City, MO and for dislocated (unemployed or laid-off) workers. Apply on the class application.

Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Dates: February 27, May 22, September 4
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $199
Scholarships: May be available. Apply here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps

If you have a product or service that the government might purchase, learn the critical first steps in winning government contracts. The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC) hosts a monthly seminar on how to get started in the government contracting arena including federal, state and local government registrations and certifications. The seminar covers MO PTAC services available to assist Missouri businesses in all aspects of government contracting. The Missouri PTAC seminar is available to Missouri based businesses every month.

Dates: February 8, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12
Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $50
Contact: cunninghammic@umkc.edu 816-235-2891

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WINNING FEDERAL RESEARCH GRANTS: SBIR/STTR WORKSHOP

Do you have a technology business that needs funding? This introductory seminar explains how to win Small Business Initiative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants from federal programs that provide research and development (R&D) funds for small businesses.

Learn how to find grants, how to apply, and the best strategies to gain funding for a growing technology business. The highly competitive SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and research development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. SBIR enables small businesses to explore technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. Numerous Kansas City area companies have successfully funded their research with SBIR/STTR grants that can total up to $1.5 million for each business. Learn how your business could qualify.

Dates: March 7, May 2, Aug 1
Time: 11:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $49, includes lunch
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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“Sally was an enormous help in obtaining much needed funding for my startup. She provided great insight to help with restructuring my business model and much needed guidance in preparing for my successful pitch to the Digital Sandbox group. I have Sally to thank for her expertise, guidance and interest in my company throughout this process.”

Cory Mullins, Drones4Hire