Dislocated Workers Program


Applicants must be recently unemployed or laid off from a job. The First Steps to Starting a Business and Basics of Writing a Business Plan classes are required before other classes can be taken. If eligible, these courses are offered at no charge.


The First Steps to Starting a Business

This three-hour offering will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business in Missouri.

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan

This three-hour offering is for current and future business owners and entrepreneurs who have little or no knowledge of writing a business plan.

Cash Flow Management – 99 problems but cash ain’t one!

In this three-hour offering, we’ll take a close look at where cash comes from in a small business, where it’s used in day-to-day operations and how to identify and correct cash flow problems. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to identify key information on cash flow statements and be able to follow the path of cash as it travels through your company.


In this 30-hour course, you will look at all aspects of your proposed company, exploring the feasibility of your business concept and learning how to develop a viable business plan. Participants will learn about start-up issues and learn to address the competition, legal matters, marketing and financial management aspects.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

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.

Reading and Understanding Financial Statement – It’s all about the Benjamins!

During this course, you will learn to identify key business information that is captured on the income statement and balance sheet. You will learn to calculate several ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity and success.

Social Media Road Map for Small Business

This three-hour training will give you social media strategies for business-to-business and business-to-customer communication. Learn how your website should be working to help facilitate the growth of your business, and how to get targeted clients, prospects and industry media to share your message.


In order to attend any of the above courses, participants must attend both The First Steps to Starting a Business and The Basics of Writing a Business Plan before they are eligible to enroll in additional coursework.

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