The SBTDC's mission is to improve people's lives and the competitiveness of Missouri businesses through research-based education and technical assistance to enhance Missouri's economy.
The Small Business & Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern State University is part of a nationwide network of SBDC programs and is affiliated with and supported by The Robert W. Plaster School of Business. Our local center was established in April 1987.
The SBTDC provides start-up and existing for-profit small businesses in Jasper, Newton, Barton, Vernon, McDonald, Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties with consulting and training.
Areas of concentration include:
The SBTDC provides one-on-one counseling at no charge to area for-profit small businesses that are existing businesses or start-up companies. The SBTDC at MSSU has provided training for owners, managers and employees of area businesses and industries since 1987. The SBTDC strives to be responsive and flexible in meeting the educational needs of the business community.
The SBTDC has a second location in downtown Joplin, the Business Initiatives & Growth (BIG) Hub. It is the culmination of the MSSU SBTDC and Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) joining forces to open a satellite SBTDC in the Joseph Newman Innovation Center.
For numerous years, the MSSU SBTDC has worked closely with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce(JACC) in planning educational events and seminars for the local business community. The relationship that has been built is one of trust, integrity, and a true partnership. The MSSU SBTDC has worked with the JACC to bring the best opportunities to the Joplin area. From this relationship, the JACC and the MSSU SBTDC were able to easily transition from separate entities into a partnership which was dubbed, “BIG Hub.”