MU Extension, small business development centers to provide advice to agribusiness companies

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The University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri SBDC recently joined forces to provide specific support to agribusiness companies amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture and environmental specialists from MU Extension, agricultural economists from MU Extension and the Missouri SBDC recently combined their expertise and resources to better serve Missouri agriculture. The partnership is officially known as the Missouri SBDC for Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Business advice is available free of charge to producers and business owners. The counseling sessions are confidential and individual. Some examples of consulting services include start-up help, help with writing a business plan, financial advice, including accounting and budgeting. Business advisors can also help business owners with marketing and sales, succession planning, exporting, and e-commerce.

The Missouri SBDC also has the ability to organize training for new and existing clients. Training topics for new or emerging business owners may include starting a business, business plans, and financing. For those who have been in business for a while, training may include programs on understanding finances, managing cash flow, marketing technology, social media, and building your company’s web presence. .

Do you own an agri-food business or do you know someone who owns one? Someone who could benefit from our new SBDC agricultural services? Contact Jackie Spainhower at the Harrison County Extension Center to discuss your business needs. What if you don’t have an agriculture-related business, but think you could benefit from traditional SBDC services? Jackie can always help by referring you to one of our local SBDC offices. No matter what type of business you own, you can sign up to be contacted by a business advisor by contacting your local extension office, the local SBDC office or by visiting www.missouri.ecenterdirect.com.

The University of Missouri Extension improves people’s lives with educational programs and access to University resources and experts to improve economic viability; build strong individuals, families and communities; and create and maintain healthy environments. Extension programs focus on high priority areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture; nutrition and health; business and labor; and community development.

Jackie Spainhower, County Agriculture and Environment Engagement Specialist, can be reached at Harrison County Extension Center, 660-425-6434, Worth County Extension Center, 660-564-3363, or by email [email protected].


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