Free business training program offered in Pemiscot County

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University's Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will offer Operation JumpStart (OJS), a six-week training program in Pemiscot County to help aspiring entrepreneurs start or expand a business.

The Operation JumpStart program walks new and existing business owners through the process of designing a feasibility plan for their small businesses.

A one night class, "How To Start a New Business," is offered as a pre-requisite to Operation JumpStart on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m., at the Pemiscot County Career and Technology Center in Hayti, Mo. Both of these programs are open to the public at no charge, but registration is required.

A certified facilitator and various industry guest experts will mentor and guide participants through small business concepts such as product pricing, competition profiling, marketing, cash flow management and specifics about the various types of legal structures a business can assume.

At the end of the free, six-week course, graduates can submit their plans in competition for start-up grant funding.

Operation JumpStart has helped create or expand more than 200 new businesses and 300 jobs.

A recent study by Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Economic and Business Research found the impact of OJS to be about $30 million in southeast Missouri

Seating is limited to 20 participants, and an application is required.

Visit for more information. Registration online does not guarantee a seat in this class but will initiate the process of an application being sent to registrants.

Contact Susan Sterling at or call (573) 651-2286 to receive an application via email, mail or fax. Application deadline is Oct. 20.

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