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Entrepreneurship Week

Entrepreneurship Week, a series of workshops and events, will be held March 27-31, 2017 at Missouri Western State University. Sponsored by the Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, Don Tolly American Family Insurance Agency and Sumner, Carter, Hardy & Schwichtenberg, PC, the weeklong program is targeted toward local business professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, college students, high school students, and those curious about the skills needed to run a small business.  

Business professors will offer small, personalized sessions at various times throughout the week. Sessions include “How to Write a Business Plan” with Annette Weeks, “Artists as Entrepreneurs” with Bob Willenbrink and Kathy Lau, “Accounting for Beginners” and “Advanced QuickBooks” with James Adkins, “Social Media Tools for Small Businesses” with Hillary Mellema, and “Using Excel for Business” by Mike Lane and Peggy Lane. All of the sessions are open to the public and students. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is required. You can register by calling or emailing the Center for Entrepreneurship, 816-271-4283 or .

The week will also feature a special edition of Cup of Joe, which will take place at the St. Joseph Public Library, East Hills Mall, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29. Also on Wednesday, the MECA Challenge Kansas City Youth Competition will travel to St. Joseph and local high school students will have the opportunity to participate in an all-day event. As part of this event, students are paired with a local business owner and get to practice career skills, network with peers and mentors, and engage in problem solving for real world startup businesses.

The final day of Entrepreneurship Week, Friday, March 31, features an opportunity for students to meet with Steven L. Craig for a question-and-answer breakfast. The student gathering is at 10 a.m. in Blum Student Union, rooms 222-223. The capstone business luncheon, with guest speaker and local entrepreneur David Bradley will be held at noon in the Enright Community Rooms, Spratt Hall rooms 214-216. Tickets for lunch are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Because seating is limited, we suggest that you register for the luncheon prior to March 15.

At the luncheon, winners of the Emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced. The first-annual awards will recognized two outstanding entrepreneurs. Nominations for Emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year are being accepted through March 10. You can find nomination forms and instructions online at

For more information or to register for any of the events, call the Center for Entrepreneurship office at 816-271-4283 or email You can also visit the CFE website at


Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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