Helping Your Business Start & Grow

Our center offers a variety of services individuals who want to start or grow existing businesses in south central Missouri. Learn more about who we serve to see if you and your business qualify.

From startup to succession, we are here to help. As a client of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University - West Plains, you gain access to our full calendar of business training programs as well as no-cost 1:1 consulting with our team.

Starting a New Business

We know starting a business isn't easy. Our team is made up of current and former business owners who understand what it takes to create a successful business. We work closely with entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses and can help with a variety of things including:

  • Business Planning
  • Conducting Feasibility Studies
  • Business Training
  • Assisting with Financial Projections
  • Preparing to Meet with Business Lenders or Investors

Growing an Existing Business

We understand the unique needs of growing businesses and are committed to helping you grow your business. Our offices provide no cost 1:1 consultations and a variety of other services to address your company’s specific needs. Our growth services help owners identify new opportunities, make more strategic business decisions and more. Our team has expertise in:

  • Strategic Planning
  • International Trade
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Coaching
  • Market Analysis
  • Financial Statements & Analysis

Technology & Commercialization Assistance

Do you have a new technology or product that has the potential to be commercialized? We have a dedicated Technology & Commercialization specialist who can help you create a plan to fund and sell your new technology. Maximize your success with expert assistance relating to:

  • Working with Investors
  • Identifying Funding Opportunities
  • SBIR & STTR Proposal Assistance

Project Assistance for Small Business

Each year we work with several Missouri State University classes on special projects for small business clients. This partnership gives business owners fresh insights while allowing students the opportunity to gain real-world experience and business insights. Undergraduate and graduate level classes work on projects for small businesses related to:

  • Feasibility Studies for New Businesses
  • Strategic Management Assessments (SMART)
  • Merchandising
  • Advertising
  • Technical Writing


Enhance your skills and learn something new through our frequent business training programs. We offer ongoing training opportunities across Southwest Missouri. Expert instructors regularly lead training programs that address topics including:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial Management
  • QuickBooks
  • Marketing
  • International Business

Mentorship for Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

Current and prospective small business owners have access to a wide variety of expertise through our mentorship program. Mentors provide honest and practical feedback based on their own personal experiences as business owners and leaders. These sessions take place on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Get In Touch

Let us know how we can help you start or grow your business.