Small Business Essentials
Offered through Continuing Education
@ Forest Park | Meramec
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.
Registration opens Aug. 6 for all classes except Ageless Learning Seminars, which open Aug. 20.
Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.
Business Plan Development
An intensive, four-session, individually customized course designed to provide new
and aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to create a solid business
plan. Experienced business facilitators/coaches will guide 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.
These sessions are enriched with guest speakers from various disciplines including
the legal profession, marketing, human resources and financing. In addition, each
participant will begin by taking the GrowthWheel assessment and receive customized
tools based on this assessment to assist as you build your plan. Weekly homework assignments
are given and participation is required to be successful in the class. Continued counseling
from a business counselor and certified life coach is available after the completion
of the class. Please bring a laptop or electronic device to class for working on your
business plan. Program is offered in partnership with the Small Business and Technology
BUSS:702 | $99 | Age 60+: $99
F01 | Tu 6:15 pm-9:15 pm | Lynette Watson | Nov 6-Dec 4 | MC - BA, 122
NOTE: No class 11/20.
Starting Your Own Business: Legal Issues
As a small business owner you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that
apply to large corporations. This class will help you to understand which requirements
apply to your business. It will cover establishing a corporation, partnership or LLC,
as well as introducing the law of marketing, employment, copyright and trademark,
privacy contracts, tax and other regulations. Taught by an attorney.
BUSS:701 | $29 | Age 60+: $29
F05 | M 6 pm-8 pm | Amy Hereford | Sep 10 | FP - G, 325
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.
BUSS:701 | $59 | Age 60+: $59
F03 | Sa 9 am-12 pm | Lynette Watson | Sep 15-Sep 22 | MC - BA, 220
F04 | Sa 9 am-12 pm | Lynette Watson | Oct 13-Oct 20 | MC - BA, 220
Understanding Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Intellectual property (IP) is often the most valuable asset a business will ever own.
Unfortunately, many businesses and entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with IP and are ill-equipped
to successfully secure, exploit and enforce their IP rights. In this course, you will
learn the differences between patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and
discover why they are essential to the health and success of businesses of all types
and sizes. Taught by an experienced IP attorney.
BUSS:734 | $55 | Age 60+: $37
F01 | Sa 8:30 am-1:30 pm | Morris Turek | Sep 22 | MC - BA, 114
DIY Background Checks on Potential Tenants, Contractors, Employees
Protect yourself and your business using public resources and investigative techniques
to learn more about the candidates you are about to hire in a legal capacity. From
an employee hiring manager for a large or small business firm to a homeowner contractor
or rental property manager, it's a good employment practice to learn more about potential
individuals you are hiring and screen those candidates to help ensure that a potential
new hire does not have anything lurking in their past that could potentially harm
your business or create a safety hazard for clients and other employees. Taught by
a private investigator, come learn about free and low cost options for conducting
background checks, when and how to conduct background checks and the "red flags" to
look for before a potential problem arises.
BUSS:765 | $25 | Age 60+: $17.50
F01 | Sa 10 am-12 pm | Cheryl Ring | Sep 8 | MC - SO, 107
NEW! Buying a Franchise
Are you interested in buying a franchise as a way to become a business owner? This
class is taught by a seasoned franchise attorney who will share invaluable tips with
you so you will be well-informed before you sign on the dotted line. She will explain
what information the franchisor should be sharing with you and will help you understand
the legal documents. You will also learn what questions you should ask potential franchisors
and their franchisees. This class could save you money and court costs later.
BUSS:765 | $39 | Age 60+: $39
F02 | Sa 9 am-12:30 pm | Jane Cohen | Sep 22 | MC - SO, 107
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
holiday season and learn tips from award winning artist, 40-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 | Age 60+: $20
F01 | M 6 pm-9 pm | Michelle Ochonicky | Sep 10 | FP - G, 323
F02 | Th 6 pm-9 pm | Michelle Ochonicky | Sep 20 | MC - SO, 109
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.
BUSS:741 | $39 | Age 60+: $21
F01 | Sa 9 am-1 pm | Bill Dorr | Sep 15 | MC - BA, 124