The Center for Entrepreneurship at the Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center will sponsor Veterans Enterprise Forum 2013 on Thursday, March 28 in Cornell Auditorium in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at MSSU.

Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. The program will conclude at 3:30 p.m.  Lunch is included.

The forum is cost-free to American veterans and military personnel.

The purpose of the forum is to provide American Veterans with information about educational, business, financial, and governmental programs and services that are available to them. 

The forum will provide information about educational, business, financial, and governmental programs and services that are available to American Veterans and those in the military.  It will feature a series of brief presentations from speakers about Veteran programs, several networking opportunities, and lunch. 

Veterans are encouraged to come and meet the people who can assist with Veteran benefits.

A series of presentations from speakers, several networking breaks and lunch will be featured

This event is sponsored by the MSSU Small Business and Technology Development Center, Liberty Bank and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

To register, please call (417) 625.3128 or email .


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Noon – Cornell Auditorium (PH 201)

Honor Guard – JROTC Joplin High School 

Welcome, Introductions & Agenda for the Day
Karen Bradshaw, Director of the MSSU Center for Entrepreneurship 

SBA and VA Home Loans
Brian Ollenburger, Vice President, Liberty Bank
Suzzane Stearman, Springfield Region Director, SBA

12:30 p.m.  – Plaster Hall 109

LunchSponsored by Liberty Bank

Lisa Robinson, Director, MSSU SBTDC
Ken Surbrugg, Consultant, MSSU SBTDC 

Joseph Newman Innovation Center
Steve Russell, Director, JNIC

1:15 p.m. – Cornell Auditorium (PH 201)

 Selling to the Government –MO PTAC Services
Mary Love, Procurement Director in Rolla/Springfield/Joplin, MO PTAC

 Missouri Career Center Veteran Services�
Jim Soma, Disabled Veterans Representative

 Missouri Veterans Commission Veteran Programs
John McLean, Veterans Service Officer, Missouri Veterans Commission

 Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Services
Jeremy Clouse, LCSW

 2:30 p.m. –  Networking Opportunity

 2:45 p.m.
Veterans Educational Financial Aid
Denise Vigil, Veterans Education Certifying Official, MSSU

 MSSU Counseling Services
Mary Parker, Clinical Counselor, MS, NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Advising, Counseling & Testing Services

 3:30 p.m.  Program ends