Missouri SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University – St. Joseph

The SBTDC offers confidential, one-on-one counseling, coaching and training to existing businesses and emerging business owners.


Functions of the Small Business Development Center 

    • Provides pragmatic, individual counseling and coaching to small business firms and individuals regarding business issues such as management, marketing and financial analysis throughout northwest Missouri. 
    • Coordinates and conducts research into technical and general small business problems. 
    • Conducts conferences and workshops at a nominal charge on various topics of interest to the owners of small business.

The Missouri SBDC helps business owners and potential entrepreneurs meet today’s competitive challenges. There is never a charge for the Northwest Missouri SBDC consulting services because all the services are subsidized by the U.S. SBA and the University to help grow the region’s economy.


The Missouri SBDC has been hosted by the University beginning in 1985. From 1999 (the earliest date for our database records) through 2017, the Northwest Missouri SBDC has averaged consulting with 199 businesses each year, creating 78 jobs per year, and assisted with average yearly investments of $8,799,132!


Additionally, the Missouri SBDC from time to time utilizes student workers to assist businesses with specific needs such as social media, graphic design, marketing ideas, and more. This gives the students real-world business experiences, improves their critical thinking skills, and assists the businesses with creative ideas, ways to reach the younger generation, and vetting possible student candidates for future employment placement with their company.


The Missouri Small Business Development Center has developed and cultivated relationships with partners such as the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), State Legislature, area Chambers of Commerce and Economic Developers throughout the region to increase productivity and partnership possibilities for the Missouri SBDC.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Classes

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Rebecca Lobina
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce
3003 Frederick Avenue
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
(816) 364-4873