Small Business News

Chamber continues to focus on business outreach
Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 7:00 am
By: Shaun Sappenfield

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee addresses issues relevant to the business community by conducting training under the umbrella of the Tuesday Topic seminar series.  In addition, the Chamber continues its work to foster a greater entrepreneurial spirit by providing potential business start-ups with educational resources, mentoring and networking opportunities.   

On February 21st, the Chamber will offer its first Tuesday Topic session of 2017 – “Increasing Your Sales” which will provide attendees with a seven step process to help create a customized sales plan for increasing sales.  Throughout the coming year, the Small Business Committee will offer multiple Tuesday Topic sessions aimed at supporting businesses as they strive to increase revenue, retain and attract quality employees and maintain a sustainable presence within the community.   

For the sixth consecutive year, StartUp Jefferson City will host three separate business development events as a mechanism of identifying potential startups and offer direct engagement to help cultivate these business ideas.  On April 8th at the Capital Event Center, StartUp Jefferson City will host a session entitled Encouraging Entrepreneurship which allows participants an opportunity to speak with a business professional in a one-on-one setting.  The session is open to the general public and seeks to offer specialized business counseling in seven distinct areas – legal, accounting, human resources, marketing, permits, planning, and finance. 

As a follow up, StartUp Jefferson City will offer a training session devoted to the mechanics of starting a business and resources available to assist with this process. For those that have never owned and operated a business, moving a vision from paper to operation involves planning and commitment. For the first time, StartUp Jefferson City will offer this condensed training session to further educate and motivate potential business startups.   

StartUp Jefferson City’s third and final session for 2017 will offer individuals a chance to pitch their business idea during the fifth annual Pitch It & Win It event to be held in mid-October.  The event allows participants an opportunity to present their business idea to a panel of judges in the hopes of securing working capital. For the fourth year, Rural Missouri Inc. (RMI), a SBA loan provider has graciously offered to sponsor the Pitch It & Win It contest.    

Supporting small business and encouraging new startups is vital to any community.  Assisting the development of startups and growth of small businesses is no easy task as each entity has similar but unique needs depending on their product or service offering.  Providing assistance to the business community is the overall focus of the Jefferson City Chamber, whether it’s by assisting through a direct educational program, quality of life project or job enhancement efforts.  Supporting all aspects of the business community raises the bar for all those involved.

To learn more about the Chamber’s Small Business Committee, please contact Shaun Sappenfield, Existing Business Manager at 573-638-3586 or

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