Small Business Essentials

Small Business Essentials

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

Whether you’re starting a new business or expanding a current venture, Small Business Essentials will provide the right tools to get your business going in the right direction. Learn how to start your business, and how to market, promote and finance it.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



Register and pay online for small business courses

Summer 2018 registration has started! Call 314-984-7777 to register by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.

Business Start-Up Skills for Artisans and Crafters: Make Money With Your Business

You’ve been honing your talent and finding a demand for your handmade craft or artistic products, but how do you navigate the “indie” marketplace? Get ready for the upcoming selling season and learn tips from award winning artist, 35-year veteran in the arts and former Executive Director of Best of Missouri Hands, “Mike” Ochonicky as she discusses: effective marketing techniques, outlets to sell online and in-person, balancing creativity with administrative tasks and more. Bring a notebook and pen to class.
BUSS:701 | $29 | SR $24
S01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky
June 13 | Meramec - SO 107

Starting and Managing a Small Business

Are you thinking about starting and managing a small business in Missouri? Designed for individuals who are considering starting a business, have made the decision to start or who have been in business for less than two years, this program will discuss: the basics of business ownership, planning for success, organizational forms of business, legal and regulatory environment, record keeping and information management, marketing, financing and resources. Program is offered in partnership with the Small Business and Technology Development Center. Senior discount does not apply.
BUSS:701 | $59
S02 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Lynette Watson
July 14-21 | Meramec - BA 118
S03 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Lynette Watson
June 9-16 | Meramec - BA 118

Understanding Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

If you are a business or creative person selling a product or service, you need to know how to protect your trademark, copyright and patent so that you can profit by their use. In this problem-solving course, you will explore topics relating to the law for intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, trade names, copyrights and trade secrets. Taught by an attorney.
BUSS:734 | $55 | SR $37
S01 | Sa 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Morris Turek
June 23 | Meramec - BA 124

DIY Background Checks on Potential Tenants, Contractors and Employees

Have you ever had the need to run a background check on a person or business? This program is designed to instruct on how to conduct your own investigation for little to no cost. You will learn public resources and how to use them, insider investigator techniques, the ins and outs of background checks and vital information you need to know to protect yourself. Taught by a private investigator, this program is ideal for small business owners, homeowners, rental property owners and hiring managers.
BUSS:765 | $25 | SR $17.50
S01 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Cheryl Ring
June 9 | Meramec - SO 108

Understanding Accounting: An Introduction

Designed for individuals with non-financial backgrounds who work with budgets or those wanting to enter an office manager position, this introductory course provides an overview of accounting terminology and processes, analyzing financial activities and statements and applying the fundamentals of accounting. Course will cover debits, credits, general ledgers, assets, liabilities, balance sheets, profit and loss statements and more. Students may bring a sack lunch/drink to class. Senior discount does not apply.
BUSS:741 | $39
S01 | Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bill Dorr
June 16 | Meramec - BA 114

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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